PhD position on diseases of wild turkeys in Canada

PhD Position in Wildlife and Poultry Diseases

A 3-year PhD position is available commencing January of 2015 in the laboratory of Dr. Nicole Nemeth, Department of Pathobiology, University of Guelph. This PhD position will involve determining the presence and prevalence of important poultry-associated infectious agents among free-ranging wild turkeys in Ontario to identify the potential risk of disease transmission from wild turkeys to commercial turkeys using a qualitative risk assessment framework. The research will involve a combination of laboratory and field work, as well as data organization, interpretation, and analyses, including but not limited to use of geographic information software (GIS), spatial statistics, and application of a qualitative health risk assessment. The graduate student will serve as a liaison between stakeholders and collaborators in the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Food, the poultry industry, as well the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources, Canadian Wildlife Health Cooperative, Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters, Laboratory for Foodborne Zoonoses (Public Health Agency of Canada), and others.

An MSc or outstanding undergraduate record is required; a DVM is desirable, but not required.

The deadline for submission is November 15, 2014 or until a suitable candidate is found.

Additional information regarding admission requirements and the application process can be found at:

Further inquiries can be directed to Ms. Donna Kangas, Department of Pathobiology, University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario, NI G 2WI, Canada; phone 519- 824-4120 ext. 54725; e-mail: dkangas<at>

Research-related inquiries should be directed to Dr. Nicole Nemeth(nnemeth<at>





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