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 Spring semester of 2021. The research will focus on identifying the challenge model, mitigation strategies 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
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
$20,000 plus tuition waiver and health care if needed
Contact Dr. Pratima Adhikari for more details, by email firstname.lastname@example.org 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.