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).

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 Contact Person Timothy J. Bruce Contact Phone 334-844-9213 Contact eMail tjb0089@auburn.edu

Application: Please submit your application no later than 28 February 2023. Applications must be e-mailed to tjb0089@auburn.edu 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 information about our program please see: http://sfaas.auburn.edu/programs-of-study/graduate-studies/ Salary and appointment terms This project will be carried out at the E.W. Shell Fisheries Center, which is situated in Auburn, Alabama (http://sfaas.auburn.edu/e-w-shell-fisheries-center/). 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.

For further information about the project and assistantship, please contact Dr. Bruce at tjb0089@auburn.edu. Information on Auburn University may be found here: http://www.auburn.edu/main/welcome/index.php

Start Date 05/17/2023

Last Date to Apply 02/28/2023

Website https://agriculture.auburn.edu/research/faas/

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