A Master of Science (MSc) position is available at Auburn University (start date: January 2022). The student will be hosted by the Auburn University Shellfish Laboratory (AUSL, Dauphin Island, AL); (https://www.aces.edu/go/ausl) in the School of Fisheries, Aquaculture and Aquatic Sciences. AUSL’s priority is research that addresses needs identified by the Alabama shellfish aquaculture industry and its stakeholders, including testing technology/practices that have the potential to alleviate challenges and bottlenecks encountered in oyster farming. To accomplish this, we take an interdisciplinary approach to test hypotheses in applied aquaculture and hatchery science.
Responsibilities and tasks
To improve oyster production numbers and best allocate available resources, oyster hatchery efforts should prioritize fertilizing high-quality eggs. Eggs of high quality have increased fertilization, hatch rates, and survival to set. Research on the relationship between egg parameters and larval success, as well as factors (i.e., genetic, environmental, dietary) that influence egg quality is lacking for oysters in general, particularly the Eastern oyster. To that end, the purpose of this MS project is to identify biomarkers for egg quality to improve the efficiency of oyster hatcheries.
We are looking for a motivated candidate who has:
• Bachelor’s degree in biology or a similar degree
• Knowledge of aquaculture and aquatic physiology
• Proven ability to carry out goal-oriented work and fluent with data management systems (i.e. Excel, Word, statistical analysis)
• Lab competences in physiology would be considered an asset - please clarify your experiences in the “motivating letter”
• 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
• Work authorization sponsorship is not available.
This project will be carried out at the Auburn University Shellfish Lab in Dauphin Island, Alabama. The student will be expected to spend a semester (or 2) at Auburn University’s main campus in Auburn, Alabama to complete coursework and research. The student will begin coursework and research in January 2022.
Please submit your application no later than 14 Oct 2022 at 11:59 PM CDT. Applications must be e-mailed to Dr. Andrea Tarnecki (email@example.com) 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 references
• Unofficial transcripts and GRE scores (refer to: https://www.ets.org/gre)