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UNC Wilmington: MS or PhD Graduate Assistantship in Vertebrate Physiology

(posted 2019-10-14)

University of North Carolina, Wilmington – Department of Biology and Marine Biology

Wilmington, North Carolina

Job Category
Graduate Assistantship

TBD – Competitive Graduate Teaching Assistantship and Research Assistantships

Start Date

Last Date to Apply
011/15/2019 (encouraged to apply earlier for 1st consideration)


The UNCW Comparative Physiology Laboratory is seeking a highly motivated, responsible, and independent individual that is interested in pursuing an NSF funded research project focused on the comparative physiology in vertebrates. Ideally the student would start Spring 2020. The student will be integrated in collaborative and interdisciplinary research projects investigating the role of endogenous carbon monoxide (CO) production in air-breathing vertebrate divers. Analytical training and field work with northern elephant seals are possibilities at locations in California. Ideal start date will be early January 2020. The student will earn a M.S. in either Biology or Marine Biology or a Ph.D. in Marine Biology at University of North Carolina, Wilmington (Wilmington, NC, USA). Student support will be provided via a combination of teaching assistantships, research assistantships, and tuition waivers. The student will also be encouraged to pursue independent grants and fellowships.

University of North Carolina, Wilmington provides an engaged and dynamic academic experience, with over 2,200 graduate students and over 16,700 students in total enrollment. UNCW is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer that promotes achievement and success for all persons. The campus is located on the southeast coast of North Carolina, less than 10 miles from the Atlantic Ocean. UNCW has a separate Center for Marine Science which is approximately 7 miles from main campus and sits directly on the Intracoastal Waterway of the Atlantic Ocean.

Applicants must have a strong academic background and a B.S. degree focused in physiology, biochemistry, cell biology, or closely related field. Applicants should have proven laboratory experience. A background in gas chromatography is desired. Students are expected to conduct their thesis/dissertation research project and complete required course work. Excellent verbal and written English communication skills are essential. Interested applicants should review material regarding the UNCW Graduate Program ( and the UNCW Comparative Physiology Lab under the supervision of Dr. Michael Tift (

If you’re interested in applying, first send a single document (Word or PDF) to Dr. Michael Tift ( that contains the following

Contact information for three (3) references
Current CV (which includes GRE scores, GPA, research skills, publications)
Unofficial transcripts
1-pg cover letter that highlights your research interests, research background, future career directions, and hypothesis driven questions related to endogenous carbon monoxide (CO) in vertebrates.
If you would like to apply to the graduate program at UNC Wilmington, please use the following link to fill out an official application (

The deadline to apply for Spring Semester of 2020 is November 15th, 2019 at midnight EST. However, candidates are encouraged to apply early as review of applications will begin immediately and continue until a suitable candidate is identified.