Graduate – Assistant / Residency

Graduate Assistantship Opportunities

Ph.D. or M.S. Position in Dairy Health at The Institute of Agriculture, University of Tennessee

(Announcement posted July 8, 2015)

The Department of Animal Science at The University of Tennessee currently has two graduate assistantship positions available for qualified individuals seeking graduate training leading to a M.S. or Ph.D. degree. Assistantships that cover annual stipend, cost associated with required coursework, and medical insurance are dependent on GPA and approval from the Animal Science Graduate Committee. These positions will be in the area of dairy health and pre-harvest dairy food safety with emphasis on control and prevention of infectious diseases of dairy animals. Primary areas of focus include, but are not limited to, development of protective vaccines against bacterial mastitis pathogens (Staphylococcus aureus, Escherichia coli and Streptococcus uberis) of dairy animals, milk quality and pre-harvest dairy food safety improvement, understanding mechanisms associated with the development of antibiotic resistance as related to their prophylactic use in dairy farms, monitoring incidence and prevalence rates of foodborne and zoonotic pathogens in raw milk, milk products and dairy animals, identification and characterization of novel host-bacterial factors expressed during early stages of host-bacterial interactions using genome, transcriptome, proteome, and metabolome based in vitro and in vivo approaches. The appointees will be involved in generating ideas leading to research projects, experimental design, grant proposal writing, project coordination, daily project operation, execution of planned experiments within an approved time line, effectively recording daily experiments and present progress achieved in each experiment during lab meetings and/or to lab manager/ principal investigator (PI). Prospective students are also expected to present posters and/or oral presentations at regional, national and international scientific meetings, and submit manuscripts for publication in peer-reviewed journals in a timely manner. Prospective students must be willing to work effectively in a collaborative team environment and be willing to learn applied and basic research techniques. Demonstrated expertise or experience in dairy health and production activities including clinical and molecular microbiology, molecular and cellular immunology (vaccinology), biochemistry, cell culture techniques, basic statistics, bioinformatics, data interpretation, and written and oral communication skills is a plus but not mandatory.

Expression of interests and application are invited from highly motivated prospective students. To be considered for admission the applicant(s) must hold a B.S. or M.S. in one of the following areas: animal or dairy science, veterinary medicine, veterinary microbiology, biomedical science, biochemistry and molecular biology. Applicants must include a cover letter stating how their background and qualifications match the position requirements including career goals, one page summary of research interest within the scope of this announcement, a full curriculum vitae, official transcript, GRE and TOEFL (for international students whose English is not the native language) scores and contact information for at least three references, all as one pdf file to Dr. Oudessa Kerro Dego, Department of Animal Sciences, 2506 River Drive, 356 Brehm Animal Science Building; phone (865) 974-9740;, webpage:

Graduate Student Position Available at The Biosafety Research Institute, Kansas State University

Department of Diagnostic medicine/Pathobiology
College of Veterinary Medicine
Kansas State University

(Announcement posted April 8, 2015)

A federally funded Ph.D. Graduate Student position in the Department of Diagnostic medicine/Pathobiology in the College of Veterinary Medicine at Kansas State University is available starting in the fall 2015 or spring 2016 term in the laboratory of Dr. Dana L. Vanlandingham.

The focus of the dissertation study will be characterizing the interactions between arboviruses and mosquito vectors in the state–of–the–art high–containment research facility in the Biosecurity Research Institute (BRI) at Kansas State University.

Highly motivated candidates with a strong background in biology, virology, microbiology, molecular/cellular biology or medical entomology are encouraged to apply. Preference will be given to B.S. or M.S graduates with laboratory research experience.

Additional preference will be given to candidates with experience and strong interest in high–containment laboratory research and experience in molecular techniques, cell culture, virus propagation, and arthropod rearing.

Competitive stipend and health insurance is provided. Additional intramural scholarships may be available for candidates with outstanding credentials.

Please contact Dr. Scott McVey for application details:

David Scott McVey, DVM, Ph.D, DACVM
Research Leader
USDA, ARS, Arthropod-Borne Animal Disease Research Unit
Center for Grain and Animal Health Research
1515 College Ave
Kansas State University
Manhattan, KS 66502
Phone: 785-537-5561, 785-537-5560