The student will work on an interdisciplinary project combining environmental DNA (eDNA) and environmental engineering. The successful candidate will work in lab and field settings to test new 3D printed technology for aquatic eDNA collection, and 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 (Center ICE).

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 Bachelor’s degree in biology, fisheries, environmental engineering, genetics, or other relevant discipline is required. Experience with 3D printing, engineering, molecular biology techniques, and/or coding is desirable. A willingness to learn, attention to detail, creativity, and a strong work ethic are essential. A candidate with interest in both genetics and engineering (mechanical or environmental) is desired.

To apply, send the following to Dr. Glass at

  • One-page cover letter describing your interest in the position, skills, and goals;
  • Curriculum vitae or resume;
  • Unofficial transcripts; and
  • Contact information for three references.

Application review begins: 1 March 2024

For more information, go to:

Full Position Description

For questions, contact:

Jessica Glass, UAF