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PhD Graduate Research Assistantship Position Available

The Department of Poultry Science at Mississippi State University is seeking a highly motivated Ph. D. graduate research assistant who is interested in Escherichia coli (E. coli) challenge and intervention research beginning in the summer semester of 2020. The research will focus on identifying the prevalence, virulence factors, and antibiotic resistance of avian pathogenic E. coli (APEC) in layers and pullets.


The selected candidate will be responsible for but not limited to the following tasks:​

  • Working in a Biosafety Level 2 (BSL-2) laboratory and live challenge facility

  • Developing research protocols

  • Performing bacterial challenges and interventions after the challenge

  • Assisting in vaccine development

  • Performing data collection and analysis using statistical software

  • Presenting research outcomes in scientific meetings and conferences and in refereed publications


  • M.S. in poultry science, animal science, veterinary science, microbiology or closely related field

  • Enthusiasm for conducting research at the farm as well as in the lab

  • Prior microbiology experience preferred but not mandatory

  • Strong oral and written communication skills


Stipend: $20,000 plus tuition waiver and health care if needed


Contact Dr. Pratima Adhikari for more details, by email or phone 706-207-6553, before applying to the Mississippi State Graduate Program. Please send a cover letter that states your interests, research experience, and career goals.  Additionally, please send your CV, an unofficial transcript, and GRE, TOEFL or IELTS scores if available and pertinent.  Email and contact information is also requested for 3 references. 

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