MSc student position in Reproductive Physiology and Hatchery Science of Hybrid Catfish

Auburn University
Auburn, AL
Job Category
Graduate Assistantships
$18,500 + fringe benefits for 2 years
Start Date
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A Master of Science (MSc) position is available at Auburn University (start date: May 2023 or earlier). The student will be hosted by the Aquatic Reproductive Physiology lab (P.I. Dr. Ian Anthony Ernest Butts; 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 gamete 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 will focus on: (1) Determining how sperm quality impacts offspring performance (2) Physiological and molecular mechanisms regulating sperm form and function, (3) Standardization of artificial fertilization procedures Overall, the student will be expected to conduct broad research followed by the writing of a detailed thesis. The student will begin coursework and research in May 2023.
Qualifications We are looking for a motivated candidate who has: • Bachelor’s degree in biology • 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 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
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Ian A.E. Butts
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