Graduate Student Positions – Poultry Reproduction: The Department of Poultry Science at Auburn University is seeking highly motivated graduate students with a passion for poultry reproduction.

The Hanlon lab focuses on the integration of reproductive physiology, endocrinology, metabolism, growth, neurophysiology, and management using molecular, biochemical, and physiological approaches to support the reproductive success of poultry.

Successful candidates will lead and assist with projects from an applied and fundamental science perspective. We are currently seeking candidates for the following specific project areas:

Graduate Student Projects:

  1. The impact of social dynamics and rooster behavior on broiler breeder mating success.
  2. Synchronization of photoperiod with body weight and metabolic thresholds to optimize sexual maturation in cage-free layers.
  3. The impact of photoperiod, spectrum, and intensity during incubation.
  4. The impact of pullet feeding regimens on the reproductive success of breeders.

The anticipated start date for these projects is January or May 2024. All projects are twoto three-year positions and include a graduate research assistant (GRA) stipend.

Responsibilities: The successful candidates will be expected to work both collaboratively and independently to conduct animal studies and laboratory analyses. Results from these studies will be disseminated via published research articles and conference presentations by the successful candidates.


  • A BSc in poultry science, animal science, veterinary science, molecular biology, or a related field by the time of hiring.
  • Basic knowledge of research methods, including data collection and analysis.
  • Effective written and verbal communication skills.
  • Previous experience with livestock, especially poultry, and knowledge of physiology, reproduction, endocrinology, and/or metabolism will be considered an asset.

All applicants will be required to meet the criteria for acceptance as a graduate student in the Department of Poultry Science at Auburn University. Applications will be reviewed as received, and the position is open until filled. Applications must be emailed to Dr. Charlene Hanlon (  as a single pdf containing the materials listed below.

  1. Statement of Interest
  2. Curriculum Vitae (CV) or Resume
  3. Unofficial Transcripts
  4. Contact Information of two academic or professional references

Only applicants selected for an interview will be contacted. For more information, please contact Dr. Charlene Hanlon (

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