Master of Science (M.S.) Research Assistantship on Social Dimensions of Aquaculture Production in th

West Lafayette-Lafayette, Indiana Full Time

Job Details

We are recruiting an MS student to study the social dimensions of aquaculture production in the Great Lakes region as part of a large, interdisciplinary research and extension project. The goal of the project is to understand the barriers to increasing aquaculture production throughout the Great Lakes region. The student will be advised by Dr. Stuart Carlton, housed in the Department of Forestry and Natural Resources at Purdue and will work closely with the Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant (IISG) aquaculture team. The student is expected to start in the fall semester of 2020, though it may be possible to start in the late summer of 2020.

Here’s what the student will do: • Travel throughout the Midwest to conduct in-person interviews with aquaculture producers to understand their perceptions about fish farming as an industry and their trust in and use of different information sources • Perform a social network analysis on a subset of aquaculture producers to understand how information flows through the system • Communicate research findings to key stakeholders to help improve aquaculture outreach and extension in the Great Lakes region • Work as part of the larger project team on other research and outreach tasks as needed Here’s what the student will get: • A world-class education from Purdue’s Department of Forestry and Natural Resources • Hands-on research experience in cognitive interviewing and social network analysis • Exposure to other quantitative and qualitative social science research methods • A chance to improve science communication skills by working with the award-winning IISG Communication team to share their findings with relevant stakeholders • A chance to interact with aquaculture stakeholders and Sea Grant staff throughout the Great Lakes region • A two-year assistantship including a salary of $20,920 per year, a tuition waiver, and health insurance


Minimum requirements: • A bachelor’s degree with a major or minor from a relevant science or social science discipline OR a bachelor’s degree with significant relevant experience • GPA 3.2 or equivalent • Good communication and writing skills • A strong interest in collaborative, interdisciplinary approaches to problem solving • Ability and willingness to work in team settings and independently Preferred qualifications: • Familiarity with aquaculture • Experience interacting with stakeholders and communicating science • Experience with social science research methods, potentially including interviews, surveys, or other methods

Contact Information

llinois-Indiana Sea Grant College Program, Purdue University

To apply: Before applying, please contact Stuart Carlton directly to discuss your research interests, academic and related work experience, and career goals. To apply, submit an electronic application via https://gradapply.purdue.e du/apply/. Review of applications will begin on January 16, 2020.

For more information: Contact Stuart Carlton, Assistant Director, Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant, Department of Forestry and Natural Resources, Purdue University (email:; phone: 765-494-3726). Please also visit the websites of the Department of Forestry and Natural Resources ( and Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant (

Post Date: 10/4/2019 9:00:01 AM
Closing Date: 1/15/2020 12:00:00 AM