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Graduate Student Positions – Behavior and Welfare

The Department of Poultry Science at Auburn University is seeking highly motivated graduate students with a passion for poultry behavior, welfare, and management. Students interested in research to increase the scientific understanding of poultry behavior and utilizing this knowledge to enhance poultry welfare and management are encouraged to apply. We are currently seeking candidates for the following specific project areas:

Graduate Student Projects

  1. The impact of photoperiod, spectrum, and intensity during incubation.

  2. The effects of thermal conditions on broiler behavior.

The anticipated start date for these projects is January 2024. All projects are two- to three-year positions and include a graduate student research assistant (GRA) stipend, benefits, and tuition waiver.



  • An earned B.S. or M.Sc. in poultry science, animal science, veterinary medicine or a related field by the time of hiring.

  • Basic knowledge of research methods, including experimental design, data collection, and data analysis

  • Experience or interest in working with live animals, organs and tissues, chemicals, audiovisual devices and other technology.

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.


  • A strong interest and motivation to perform poultry welfare research.

  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively in a team.

  • Knowledge of the ethological and physiological laboratory techniques and procedures used in agriculture research.

  • Ability to report and present research findings to diverse audiences.

  • Machine learning techniques, the ability to manage large data sets.

Applicants must meet the requirements for admission to Auburn University Graduate School. Applications will be reviewed as received and the position is open until filled. The deadline for applying is September 20th, 2023. Applications must be emailed to Dr. Bethany Baker-Cook ( as a single pdf containing the materials listed below.

  • Statement of interest

  • Curriculum vitae (CV) or Resume

  • Contact information of the three academic or professional references

  • Unofficial transcripts and GRE scores (not required, but encouraged)

For more information contact, Dr. Bethany Baker-Cook (

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