Graduate Positions & Research Opportunities

M.S. Assistantship in Algal Ecology (Murdock Lab)

Tennessee Tech University, Cookeville, TN, USA

An assistantship is available for a MS student to work in the Murdock Lab ( at Tennessee Tech. This project aims to better understand nuisance/harmful algal development in streams by linking cellular level biochemistry responses to changing water quality. We are using Didymosphenia geminata (Didymo) as a model. The student will gain experience conducting laboratory bioassays using infrared microspectroscopy, and conducting a field component in Southern Appalachian mountain streams.  

Preferred Qualifications:  Undergraduate degree in aquatic sciences (minimum G.P.A. of 3.0); Experience with microscopy, biochemical analyses, and/or algal ecological research. Outstanding students who may not have this specific background are also encouraged to apply.

Interested applicants should send a CV, brief cover letter describing experience and goals, unofficial transcripts, copy of GRE scores, and contact information of 3 individuals familiar with research/academic performance to Dr. Justin Murdock at or (931) 372-3147. Start date is January 2018 and application review is currently underway. TTU graduate school application information can be found at


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