PhD Graduate Research Assistant in Poultry Nutrition

Updated: Jan 14

Virginia Tech College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

The Poultry Nutrition Laboratory at Virginia Tech is seeking a Ph.D. student to complete a John Lee Pratt Fellowship entitled “Nutritional modulation of the microbiome as a strategy for antibiotic-free poultry production using a smart farm approach.” This project will focus on the use of feed additives to maintain the performance benefits of antibiotic use in antibiotic-free production by understanding how feed additives and real time litter management modify the host-microbiome interactions ultimately affecting nutrient digestion, absorption and utilization, intestinal health and excretion. This project is part of an interdisciplinary team that will include aspects of poultry nutrition, poultry environmental management, intestinal health, microbiology, microbiome and molecular biology. This is a 12 month appointment, renewable each year and is available to start in either the Summer or Fall of 2021.

Required Qualifications:

Earned MSin the field of poultry science, animal science or related field

Interest and experience with animal nutrition and/or microbiology

3.6 GPA from MS degree

Preferred Qualifications:

Quantitative GRE score above 70th percentile (score of 157)

Broiler handling and management experience

Biological sample collection and processing skills

Experimental design and statistical analyses experience

Strong interpersonal and written communication skills

Expectations for the perspective Ph.D. student include: primary responsibility to conduct and manage research experiments in poultry species, present relevant research findings via national and international scientific and producer based meetings, publish peer-reviewed and popular press articles, maintain a focus on academic progress, work within a team environment to ensure efficient progress of all laboratory projects and goals, participate in learning objectives including group meetings, journal clubs and departmental seminars, mentor undergraduate students.

Please send CV, unofficial graduate and undergraduate transcripts, GRE scores and a writing sample that is at least equivalent to a scientific abstract to Dr. Mike Persia, Associate Professor and Extension Specialist ( for consideration.

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