Graduate assistantship available

February 6, 2024

Trio of students hold up jars filled with preserved items
UAF BLaST undergraduate scholar Logan Ito, MS Student Sydney Almgren, and URSA undergraduate scholar Isabelle Nicolier pose with fish. Photo Courtesy of the Glass Lab

Assistant Professor Jessica Glass is seeking a candidate for a M.S. assistantship in fisheries at the University of Alaska Fairbanks College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences to assist with developing new environmental DNA sampling technology. 


The student would work on an interdisciplinary project combining genetics, environmental engineering and entrepreneurship. The student will work in lab and field settings to test new 3D printed technology for aquatic environmental DNA collection. The student will also work closely with project partners in the Department of Fisheries, Institute of Northern Engineering and the Alaska Center for Innovation, Commercialization, and Entrepreneurship. 

The student will be part of the RISE-UP program and engage in coursework focused on innovation, technology development and interdisciplinary problem-solving. The vision of this project is to develop cost-effective eDNA technology to support citizen science and biodiversity monitoring in marine and freshwater environments. 


A candidate with interest in both genetics and engineering (mechanical or environmental) is desired. Glass’ lab, referred to as the “Glass Lab,” ( values diversity and inclusion and embraces a wide range of perspectives and experiences. The assistantship will start in May or August 2024; salary and benefits are $35,500 per year (two years) and will be paid through a research assistantship supported by Center ICE, funded by the Office of Naval Research. Tuition, fees and health insurance will be covered by the project. Qualifications required include a bachelor’s degree in biology, fisheries, environmental engineering, genetics or other relevant discipline. Experience with 3D printing, engineering, molecular biology techniques and coding is desirable but not essential. A willingness to learn, attention to detail, creativity and a strong work ethic are essential.


Contact: For more information about the project, please email Dr. Jessica Glass at To apply, please send the following to Dr. Glass:

1) A one-page cover letter describing your interest in the position, skills and goals, 2) CV or resume, 3) unofficial transcripts and 4) contact information for three references. 


UAF values equity, diversity and inclusion and we especially encourage applicants from underrepresented or historically excluded groups to apply. Applications will be accepted until Friday, March 1.