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Darling Marine Center

Upper Ocean Dynamics Internship

The University of Maine’s Darling Marine Center is seeking one undergraduate intern to begin a study of currents in the upper few meters of the ocean.  The successful candidate will conduct research with Professor Greg Gerbi (UMaine-DMC) and collaborators at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.  The internship is for 8-10 weeks, with the exact length and starting and ending dates to be negotiated with the successful candidate.

The intern will use one-dimensional numerical models of ocean physics to examine the physical processes that are likely to be important in determining the direction and magnitude of ocean currents just below the ocean surface.  These processes are likely to include surface wave dynamics, earth’s rotation, and several types of turbulent mixing.  The intern will gain experience with upper ocean dynamics and numerical modeling of the ocean.

Requirements:  This position requires familiarity with Matlab or Python programming, an interest in ocean physics, and an interest in learning the basics of Fortran programming.  These requirements can be demonstrated in part through appropriate college-level coursework in oceanography and scientific programming, or through prior research or independent study.  Preference will be given to University of Maine Marine Science majors who are interested in continuing the research as a senior capstone project, and whose prior coursework required them to write their own, original Matlab or Python code.  Finally, competitive candidates must be able to work independently and as part of a team.  

Compensation:  A stipend of $600 per week and housing at the DMC will be provided.  Housing at the DMC is equivalent to $193/week of compensation.  The internship is contingent on funding availability.

Applications will be reviewed beginning March 15, 2022.  To apply, please send a cover letter and 2-page resume with contact information for three references to Dr. Greg Gerbi ( with “DMC Upper Ocean Dynamics Internship” in the subject line.  Your cover letter and resume should address the specific qualifications listed above, and your references should be able to speak to those same qualifications. 


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