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MS Graduate Research Assistant with the University of Maine – Wild Blueberry Research and Extension Program with University of Maine in Orono, Maine

Type of position MS graduate student
Employer University of Maine
Location Orono, Maine
Description of Location UMaine is located in beautiful Central Maine. Many employees report that a primary reason for choosing to come to UMaine?is quality of life.? Numerous cultural activities, excellent public schools, safe neighborhoods, high quality medical care, little traffic, and a reasonable cost of living make the greater Bangor area a wonderful place to live. The work conducted by this student will be in lowbush (wild) blueberry fields in coastal Maine. These fields are simply spectacular with diverse ecology and engaged farmers.


Salary $1,888/month for 24 months
Closing date of competition July 15, 2023
Date position available August 2023 or Fall Semester 2023
Description of duties

The M.S. Graduate Student hired for this project will be responsible for conducting research and Extension materials on weed mapping in Maine wild blueberry fields.  

The duties will include designing and conducting a field and computer research study to evaluate the feasibility of weed mapping on foot compared to drone and NDVI imagery. Additionally, a cost-benefit analysis will be conducted and outreach materials for farmers created. In-field validation, an economic analysis, and working with farmers from all walks of life is required. Courses offered through the UMaine Drones and Imagery Data program in the School of Computing and Information Science will be required.

The student will work under Dr. Lily Calderwood, Assistant Professor and Wild Blueberry Specialist for UMaine Cooperative Extension and the School of Food and Agriculture. Collaboration with Canadian colleagues is expected, and the student will participate in lab meetings, Extension activities, and help with other research projects occurring within the Calderwood lab. 

It is important to note that the student will be required to obtain an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) license for data collection.


Qualifications sought
  • An earned BS or BA in a biological or data science is required
  • Excellent communication, writing, and organizational skills are required
  • Experience with field research is preferred


Contact for additional information Dr. Lily Calderwood; [email protected]
Application procedure  
Submit what 1. Your curriculum vitae (CV) detailing your education, research experience
2. Cover letter indicating your interest and experience in this position
3. Unofficial transcripts from all universities/colleges attended.
4. Contact information for three professional references who can speak to your qualifications for this position.
5. Scores for IELTS/TOEFL (if applicable) and GRE (if you have taken the exam).
Submit to Email to [email protected]
Additional Information The University of Maine System is an EEO/AA employer, and?does not discriminate on the grounds of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, including transgender status and gender expression, national origin, citizenship status, age, disability, genetic information or veteran’s status in employment, education, and all other programs and activities. Please contact the Director of Equal Opportunity, 101 N. Stevens Hall, Orono, ME 04469 at?207-581-1226?(voice), TTY 711 (Maine Relay System), or?[email protected]?with questions or concerns.