M.S. Position in Aquaculture Microbiology

Auburn University-School of Fisheries, Aquaculture and Aquatic Sciences
Auburn, AL
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Graduate Assistantships
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A Master of Science (M.S) position is available at Auburn University. The incoming student will be a Graduate Research Assistant in Dr. Tim Bruce’s Fish Health Lab within the School of Fisheries, Aquaculture and Aquatic Sciences (SFAAS). Research in the Bruce lab focuses on host-pathogen interactions in cultured fish species, nutritional aspects of fish health, and fish vaccines/therapeutants. This M.S. project will involve experimental laboratory studies (~80%) and in vivo trial work with catfish (~20%) Specifically, this M.S. thesis research will examine bacterial growth dynamics and microbial interactions. The bacterial species involved in this project are relevant to U.S. catfish aquaculture and the project will involve genomic and proteomic analyses. Overall, the student will be expected to conduct an independent research project followed by the writing and defense of a detailed thesis.
The Bruce Fish Health Lab team is looking for a motivated candidate who has: • Bachelor’s degree in the Microbiology/Biological Sciences • Detailed knowledge of microbiology and/or fish health • Proven ability to carry out goal-oriented work and fluent with data management systems and programming software • Lab competencies in microbiology/ (e.g., culture, identification, sequencing, microbial-based assays) • Molecular biology skills (e.g., SDS-PAGE/Western blot, gene expression (RT/qPCR), proteomics) are also required. • Assistance with fish husbandry and conducting aquaculture trials is also required • Ability to work in a team laboratory setting, as well as independently • A driver’s license is required This M.S. graduate appointment is subject to academic approval, and the candidate will be enrolled in the M.S. program within the School of Fisheries, Aquaculture and Aquatic Sciences (SFAAS). For information about our program please see: http://sfaas.auburn.edu/programs-of-study/graduate-studies/ This project will be carried out at the E.W. Shell Fisheries Center, which is situated in Auburn, Alabama (http://sfaas.auburn.edu/e-w-shell-fisheries-center/). The salary (TBD + fringe benefits) and appointment terms (2 yrs.) are consistent with the current rules for M.S. degree students; typically, a tuition waiver is provided. The student will begin coursework and research in Fall 2023 or Spring 2024. Please submit your application no later than 9 June 2023. Applications must be e-mailed to tjb0089@auburn.edu as a single .pdf file/packet containing all materials to be given consideration. The .pdf packet must include: • Cover letter motivating the application (background, interests, goals) • Curriculum vitae • Contact information (e-mail and phone numbers) for three references • Unofficial transcripts Please note, documents not sent within this formatting will not be reviewed.
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Timothy Bruce
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