Ph.D./M.S. Research Assistant (Full Scholarship)

The Prestage Department of Poultry Science at North Carolina State University is seeking a

highly motivated Ph.D. or M.S. research assistant who is interested in infectious disease and

microbial safety in poultry starting the fall of 2021 or spring of 2022. Full scholarship including

the paid tuition, stipend and health insurance is available. The objective of the research is to

have a thorough understanding of the protozoal disease in poultry including the reservoirs,

pathways and treatments, as well as the role of pathogens such as Salmonella on the protozoal

infection. The research assistant is also expected to participate in other projects related to

microbial safety in poultry. 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 protozoal and bacterial challenges and interventions

  • Performing data collection and analysis using statistical software

  • Presenting research outcomes in scientific meetings/conferences and in peer-reviewed publications


  • M.S. or B.S. in aniaml science, poultry science, food science, veterinary science, microbiology or closely related field

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

  • Microbiology or parasitology experience preferred

  • Strong oral and written communication skills

Applicants should include the following:

  • CV/Resume

  • a cover letter that states your research interests and experience

  • unofficial transcript.

Please contact Dr. Lin Walker ( for more details.

NC State and the Prestage Department of Poultry Science

Campus Box 7608

NC State University Campus

Raleigh, NC 27695-7608

P: 919.515.2626

NC State University is a land-grant institution founded in 1887. With Durham and Chapel Hill,

Raleigh anchors the Research Triangle, a national hotspot for tech companies and enterprises.

North Carolina ranks first among U.S. States in farm cash receipts for poultry and egg

production. The production of broilers, turkeys, and eggs collectively make up the largest sector

(41.8% or over $5 billion) of North Carolina's total farm income. The NC poultry industry

produces over 126,933 jobs and is estimated to contribute $36.6 billion to the state's GDP.

The Prestage Department of Poultry Science at NC State University is dedicated to supporting

the poultry industry and consumers. Currently the PDPS is the only program in the world with

a "mini-integration" infrastructure that enables the training of students and the pursuit of

research on all aspects of the modern commercial poultry production system. The PDPS is the

only institution that has a Feed Mill Educational Unit, Poultry and Egg Processing Laboratories,

Chicken Education Unit, Turkey Education Unit. Poultry Teaching Unit, and Animal and Poultry

Waste Management Processing Facility. The POPS mini integration system has the unique

ability to link issues in any area of the poultry industry to factors in other area(s) of the

industry. This provides PDPS with the opportunity to conduct industry relevant scenarios,

collect integrated data, and provide real-world solutions.

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