Auburn University is a public institution that was founded in 1856. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 24,931 (fall 2021), its setting is suburban, and the campus size is 1,875 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Auburn University’s ranking in the 2022-2023 edition of Best Colleges is National Universities, 97.

A Master of Science (M.S) position is available at Auburn University. The incoming student will be a Graduate Research Assistant in Dr. Tim Bruce’s Fish Health Lab within the School of Fisheries, Aquaculture and Aquatic Sciences (SFAAS). Research in the Bruce lab focuses on host-pathogen interactions in cultured fish species, nutritional aspects of fish health, and fish vaccine/therapeutants.

Responsibilities and tasks: This M.S. project will involve experimental laboratory studies (~50%) and trial work with largemouth bass (~50%). Specifically, this M.S. thesis research will conduct virulence assessments and characterize the bass immune response to bacterial pathogens. Overall, the student will be expected to conduct an independent research project followed by the writing and defense of a detailed thesis. Approval and Enrollment This M.S. graduate appointment is subject to academic approval, and the candidate will be enrolled in the M.S. program within the School of Fisheries, Aquaculture and Aquatic Sciences (SFAAS).

Salary: and appointment terms This project will be carried out at the E.W. Shell Fisheries Center, which is situated in Auburn, Alabama . The salary (TBD + fringe benefits) and appointment terms (2 yrs.) are consistent with the current rules for M.S. degree students; typically, a tuition waiver is provided. The student will begin coursework and research in Summer 2023.

Qualifications: • Bachelor’s degree in the Biological Sciences • Detailed knowledge of microbiology and/or fish health • Proven ability to carry out goal-oriented work and fluent with data management systems and programming software • Laboratory competencies in microbiology • Molecular biology skills are required. • Assistance with fish husbandry is required and conducting aquaculture research trials is a plus • Ability to work in a team laboratory setting, as well as independently • A driver’s license is required.


Please submit your application no later than 28 February 2023. Applications must be e-mailed to as a single .pdf file/packet containing all materials to be given consideration. The .pdf packet must include:
• Cover letter motivating the application (background, interests, goals)
• Curriculum vitae
• Contact information (e-mail and phone numbers) for three references
• Unofficial transcripts

Please note, documents not sent within this formatting will not be reviewed.

Further information
For further information about the project and assistantship, please contact Dr. Bruce at Timothy J. Bruce Contact Phone 334-844-9213 Contact eMail

Start Date 05/17/2023 Last Date to Apply 02/28/2023

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