Microbial Ecology & Biogeochemistry

2023 Undergraduate Research Internships in Microbial Ecology & Biogeochemistry

Microbial communities and processes underly the functioning of all ecosystem. Prof. Rich is seeking undergraduate summer interns to work on microbial ecology and biogeochemistry projects at the Darling Marine Center (DMC), on the mid-coast of Maine. Students working in this internship will enhance their laboratory and field-based research skills to advance their professional careers.

The summer interns will be working on studies of microbial communities and processes in the marine environment at coastal field sites near the DMC. There are three main projects happening in the lab that students may participate in this summer: (1) understanding nitrogen cycling in coastal sediments, (2) applying eDNA tools to understand biodiversity, and (3) examining the effectiveness of kelp farming on carbon sequestration. The students will assist in field sampling (SCUBA diving experience is a plus, but not required) and gain laboratory training using eDNA and other techniques.

Qualifications include interest in microbial communities and processes, demonstrated success in scientific courses, interest in working in the field and lab, and previous research experience. Start date is mid-May to early June and end date is mid to late August. This is a full-time (40 hours a week for 10 weeks) paid position. Only students who will still be enrolled in their undergraduate degree program in the fall of 2023 are eligible to apply.

If you are interested in applying to this opportunity please email Prof. Jeremy Rich at jeremy.rich@maine.edu and Research Associate Sean O’Neill sean.oneill@maine.edu the following materials:

  • a statement of your academic and research experience and interest in this position
  • a copy of your undergraduate academic transcript (unofficial copy is acceptable)
  • most current resume or CV
  • The names of 2-3 people who could serve as professional references

In your application, please label the subject line of your email:

DMC Rich lab summer 2023 internship application

Some funding is contingent on being enrolled at a school in Maine or having a home address in Maine.