The Microbial Ecology of Caviar and Fish Eggs2016-11-18T13:25:22+00:00

The Microbial Ecology of Caviar and Fish Eggs



Graduate Research Assistant (M.S. or Ph.D. Student)


Department of Applied Ecology, North Carolina State University, Raleigh NC

Position Description

A research assistantship is available to support an exceptional, highly-motivated student who has an inquiring mind and is in pursuit of a M.S. degree or Ph.D. in Zoology, Functional Genomics, or any other relevant graduate research degree program. The successful candidate will work in a molecular biology research laboratory and may conduct field studies on fish reproduction and spawning. The project is an exciting one that bridges food science, basic ecology, and fisheries science. The research focus goal is, in part, to understand the microbial communities that live in preserved sturgeon roes (caviars) and also, more generally, to understand the microbes that live on fishes and how they might be transferred to the eggs once they are laid. The successful candidate will spearhead laboratory research experiments including metagenomics, microbial culture, and fish rearing in recirculating aquaculture systems and work among a large group of scientists interested in topics as diverse as beer ecology, deep learning algorithms, ant nest microbiomes, and the biodiversity of belly buttons.

The position could start as soon as January or August 2017. This is a two-year position for M.S. students with a possible one-year extension depending on funding and performance. The time frame will be longer for Ph.D. students and will allow for adequate time to complete the degree requirements.


B.A. or B.S. in a science discipline with a focus on biology, microbiology, zoology, physiology, molecular biology, ecology, fisheries, or aquaculture. The successful candidate will have strong communication skills, competitive GPA/GRE scores, and a desire to learn a variety of things.

Additional information regarding the graduate degree program can be found at:


Please provide 1) a cover letter stating your background and research experiences/interests, 2) a resume or curriculum vitae, 3) contact information of three references, 4) unofficial copies of course transcripts, and 5) unofficial copies of GRE scores to:

Dr. Benjamin J. Reading, Assistant Professor
Office Phone: (919) 515-3830
Cell Phone: (206) 658-5149

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