Job Openings with the Archer Lab


Funded Graduate Research Assistantship for a Masters student at University of New Orleans and Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium

Start: Fall 2022 or Winter 2023


We are seeking a student for a funded position to study the link between soundscapes and fish diversity and habitat use on artificial reefs in Louisiana.The Louisiana Artificial Reef Program was established with the goals of facilitating access by Louisiana fishers, both recreational and commercial, and enhancing and conserving fisheries resources. In order to fulfill these goals fished species must both utilize the reefs and reefs must result in new biomass production rather than simply attracting and concentrating existing fishes. Reefs may contribute to new biomass production if fishes use them as refuges from predation, feeding grounds, or spawning habitat. Therefore, the first step in determining if artificial reefs are contributing to both the conservation and fisheries related goals of the Louisiana Artificial Reef program, we must first gain a better understanding of which fishes are utilizing the reefs, when, and for what purpose. The selected student will develop methods to explore using passive acoustic monitoring to answer the questions of which, when, and why fishes use artificial reefs.


The position is funded for three years through Louisiana Sea Grant and Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries’ Artificial Reef Research Assistantship Program. The student will join University of New Orleans (UNO) Biological Sciences Program and be co-advised by Dr. Stephanie Archer at Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium and Dr. Kelly Boyle at UNO. As part of this funding the student will complete a 100 hr internship with LDWF’s Artificial Reef Program.

Required Qualifications

  • A Bachelor’s degree in ecology, biology, or related field. Degrees in other fields with comparable experiences and a multidisciplinary mindset will be considered.
  • Desire to build and maintain strong multi-institutional collaborations
  • Ability to maintain a professional and positive attitude while working independently and collaboratively with a culturally diverse team
  • Demonstrated quantitative, oral presentation, and written communication skills
  • SCUBA Certification and comfort operating under water
  • Comfort working with computers, including computer programming.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Rescue Diver Certification or higher
  • Data management and analysis skills
  • Experience working with acoustic data

To Apply
Send as a single PDF to

  • A cover letter highlighting your experience/skills, interests, and career plans as they pertain to this opportunity
  • Your curriculum vitae
  • A copy of your unofficial transcripts
  • Contact information for 3 references that can speak to some combination of 1) your research experience/interests, 2) your ability to work in a diverse collaborative team, 3) your interest/experience as a leader, mentor, and/or teacher, 4) your work ethic (applicant will be notified prior to any contact with references), and 5) the mentorship style you work best with

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until a student is selected.