Masters of Science (MSc) student position in Reproduction and Hatchery Science of Catfish: Alabama

Agency
Auburn University
Location
Auburn, Alabama
Job Category
Graduate Assistantships
Salary
$18,500 for 2 years
Start Date
05/01/2022
Last Date to Apply
03/11/2022
Website
https://ianaebutts.wixsite.com/labsite
Description
A Master of Science (MSc) position is available at Auburn University (start date: May 2022). The student will be hosted by the Aquatic Reproductive Physiology lab (P.I. Dr. Ian Anthony Ernest Butts; https://ianaebutts.wixsite.com/labsite) in the School of Fisheries, Aquaculture and Aquatic Sciences (SFAAS). In terms of research, our labs long-term objectives are to support the development of sustainable aquaculture, fisheries management, and conservation biology. To accomplish this, we take an interdisciplinary approach to test hypotheses in reproductive biology and reproductive physiology of aquatic organisms, with the goal of understanding and controlling processes that impact gamete quality and early offspring performance (egg to first-feeding larval stage). Responsibilities and tasks The catfish industry has been challenged by international competitors, and rising feed and fuel costs. Efforts are being implemented by farmers to deal with these issues. Another issue evolves around viable and inconsistent production of hybrid catfish (accounts for 50-75% of catfish harvest) fry. Thus, the current project is a unique opportunity to unravel physiological and molecular mechanisms of sperm function for optimizing in vitro fertilization and early offspring production. This student project will involve experimental laboratory studies (~80%) and pond work (~20%). Specifically, projects may focus on: (1) Cellular organization of the testis and spermatogenesis; (2) physiological and molecular mechanisms regulating sperm form and function; and/or (3) standardization of artificial fertilization procedures. Overall, the student will be expected to conduct broad research followed by the writing of a detailed thesis or dissertation.
Qualifications
Qualifications: We are looking for a motivated candidate who has: • Bachelor’s degree in biology or a similar degree • Knowledge of aquaculture and fish physiology • Proven ability to carry out goal-oriented work and fluent with data management systems (i.e. Excel, Word, statistical analysis) • Lab competences in molecular biology (e.g., gene expression) and/or physiology would be considered an asset - please clarify your experiences in the “motivating letter” • Bioinformatic experience is also an asset, but can be learned within the program • Practical husbandry experiences with aquatic organisms will be an asset • Good co-operation ability • NEEDED: Ability to obtain US driver’s license and vehicle, as our research station is off campus How to apply: Please submit your application no later than 11 March 2022 at 11:59 PM CDT. Applications must be e-mailed to iab0007@auburn.edu as “one” pdf file containing all materials to be given consideration. The file must include: • Cover letter motivating the application (please include your background, interests, goals - 1 to 2 pages) • Curriculum vitae with contact information (e-mail and phone numbers) for three referees • Unofficial transcripts and GRE scores (refer to: https://www.ets.org/gre)
Contact Person
Ian Anthony Ernest Butts
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