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PhD student in reproductive physiology and hatchery science of catfish - USA

Thursday, July 23, 2020

A PhD graduate student position is available at Auburn University that will be hosted by the Aquatic Reproductive Physiology laboratory.

The catfish industry (largest food-fish industry in the USA) has been challenged by international competitors, rising feed, and fuel costs. Management strategies are being implemented by farmers to deal with these issues. Another issue evolves around viable and inconsistent production of hybrid catfish (accounts for greater than 50% of catfish harvest) fry. Thus, the current project is a unique opportunity to unravel physiological and molecular mechanisms of sperm function for optimizing in vitro fertilization and early offspring production.

This PhD project will involve experimental laboratory studies (80%) and fieldwork (20%) in collaboration with Rex Dunham (SFAAS) and Luke Roy (SFAAS). Specifically, projects may focus on:

  • Cellular organization of the testis and spermatogenesis.
  • Physiological and molecular mechanisms regulating sperm form and function.
  • Standardization of hybrid catfish hatchery techniques.


  • MSc degree in biology or a similar degree.
  • Knowledge of aquaculture and fish physiology.
  • Proven ability to carry out goal-oriented work and fluent with data management systems (i.e. Excel, Word, statistical analysis).
  • Lab competence in molecular biology (e.g. DNA/RNA extraction, gene expression) and/or physiology(e.g. flow cytometry, molecular probes) would be considered an asset.
  • Bioinformatic experience (programming in R, Unix) is also an asset but can be learned within the program.
  • Practical husbandry experiences with aquatic organisms will be an asset.
  • Good co-operation ability.
  • Ability to obtain US driver’s license and vehicle, as the research station is off campus.

Submit cover letter, CV and unofficial transcripts and GRE scores to by August 10, 2020. Start date is January 2021.

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