Graduate Student Positions

If you are interested in one of the positions below, or a post-doctoral position, please directly contact an appropriate Faculty member

 


PhD student position available in cow temperament and maternal behaviour research

We are seeking a motivated graduate student interested in cattle welfare and behaviour. With this study, we aim to characterize the association and stability of various behavioural traits related to cow maternal behaviour and reactivity across time and contexts (e.g., interactions with humans) to determine potential impacts on cow productive and reproductive success.

Start Date: The position would start September, 2022 (internal applications are due June 1st).

Supervisor: Dr. Maria Camila Ceballos

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Ph.D. student position available in Maternal Beef Cattle Behaviour and Welfare

The research area is within animal behaviour, health, and welfare. The successful candidate will conduct research on mismothering and cow-calf bonding. The successful applicant will be involved in developing their project during the first 6 months of their appointment. The student will also be expected to participate and contribute to a variety of other animal welfare projects.

Start Date: The position is currently available, with funding for 4 years

Supervisor: Ed Pajor

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Fully funded PhD opportunities

Project Details: The spread of wild pigs across Canada is significantly changing the epidemiological context and previously understood risks related to reportable and emerging diseases. This project, funded by Result Driven Agriculture Research (RDAR), will address three main objectives:

  1. Use wild pig monitoring data to understand wild pig distributions, population dynamics and spread across Alberta, and the potential of wild pigs to facilitate disease spread between previously isolated epidemiological systems.
  2. Characterize intra- and inter-species contact structure between wild pigs and livestock (beef cattle and domestic pigs) through wildlife monitoring and engagement with producers.
  3. Increase surveillance in wild pigs of common livestock pathogens to better understand pathogen transmission among wild pigs, and between wild pigs and livestock.

Start Date: The positions will start in July 2022 at the earliest or September 2022 at the latest

Supervisor: Mathieu Pruvot

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Unique research intern / graduate student opportunity (May 2022 – April 2024)

The Canadian Angus Association and University of Calgary are partnering on a project to estimate genetic parameters for female fertility traits in Canadian Angus cattle. This position is a unique opportunity to work with industry while completing the thesis-based master’s program at the University of Calgary, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine.  This is an excellent opportunity to undertake critical and novel research, and develop expertise in 
genetic modelling, big data analytics, and scientific communication. We are looking for a detail-oriented student to join our team full-time from May 1, 2022 to April 30, 2024. You must enjoy working as part of a team, have accurate data entry skills, basic statistical analysis skills, be able to work independently, and have a valid driver’s licence.

Supervisor: Karin Orsel

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Graduate Studentship opportunity (MSc or PhD)

A graduate studentship (MSc or PhD) opportunity exists in the Gilleard laboratory.

Research Area: Investigation of macrocyclic lactone drug resistance in cattle lice and the development of rapid pen-side molecular diagnostics. 

This is an excellent opportunity to undertake important and novel research, develop expertise in parasitology/entomology and in cutting-edge next generation sequencing and molecular diagnostic approaches. The graduate student will join a research group of 10-15 members and will interact with a wider vibrant team of infectious disease, genomics and bioinformatics
researchers. They will receive a competitive stipend and be enrolled in the Veterinary Medical Sciences graduate program. They will also be a member of our award-winning Host-Parasite Interactions (HPI) research training network which comprises 19 principal investigators and >70 trainees engaged in community engagement and professional development activities.

Supervisor: John Gilleard

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Graduate Student in Pluripotent Stem Cells and Regenerative Biology (PhD or MSc)

Research: The research aim of graduate studies will be to investigate the nature of species-specific pluripotent stem cells and in vitro modeling to mimic development and disease states that are otherwise challenging to study. Our approaches include live-cell imaging, gene editing & molecular biology tools, single-cell and bulk RNA-seq, mouse genetics and comparative biology focused on species-specific features. We are also interested in developing therapies for congenital conditions such as spinal deformity.

Supervisor: Li-Fang (Jack) Chu

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Graduate Student Opportunity: (PhD or MSc)

with Dr. Jeroen De Buck.

This position is open for people holding a degree in biological sciences, animal sciences, veterinary medicine, health sciences or equivalent degree.

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Two Graduate Student Opportunities

with Dr. Dongyan Niu in the Department of Ecosystem & Public Health

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PhD student position available in Veterinary Clinical and Diagnostic Sciences

with Dr. Daniel Pang

Research Area: The successful applicant will undertake research into current and novel methods of euthanasia in laboratory rodents. The project will involve behavioral and physiologic measures of responses to different euthanasia methods. 

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PhD student position available in Veterinary Clinical and Diagnostic Sciences

with Dr. Daniel Pang.

Research Area: The successful applicant will undertake research investigating safety, errors and adverse events in clinical veterinary practice. The project will involve quantifying current rates and types of errors and adverse events, and developing tools and strategies to improve patient safety.

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Graduate Student Opportunity: PhD Fellowship in Intestinal Innate Immunity and Host Defense Peptides

with Dr. Eduardo Cobo in the Department of Production Animal Health

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Graduate Student Opportunity: (PhD and MSc) Four positions available in veterinary microbiology

on projects related to Johne's disease, digital dermatitis, mastitis and bovine tuberculosis - vaccines, diagnostic development, metagenomics and immunology with Dr. Jeroen De Buck in the Department of Production and Animal Health.

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Graduate Student Opportunity: Host defense peptides in the pathogenesis of inflammatory intestinal diseases

with Dr. Eduardo Cobo in the Department of Production Animal Health

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Admission to the Veterinary Medical Sciences Graduate Program


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