MSc position, USA (deadline December 16)

 24th Nov 2021

MS Graduate Assistantship Available in Poultry Behavior and Welfare

Animal Behavior and Welfare Group, Michigan State University
East Lansing, USA


Impact of Litter Training Strategies on Egg-Laying, Piling, and Welfare of Laying Hens in Aviaries.

A MS-level graduate student assistantship will be available starting in fall 2022 with Dr. Janice Siegford in the Animal Behavior and Welfare Group, Department of Animal Science, Michigan State University. The graduate student will work on a USDA-funded project examining the impact of different management strategies to train hens not to lay eggs in the litter area of aviary systems. The student will focus specifically on examining responses of hens to the management strategies, including behaviors, fear responses, and physical parameters associated with welfare. The student will be involved in the development of data collection protocols, data collection, and analysis of data for a project using different strategies to efficiently and effectively train hens not to lay eggs in the floor litter area of commercial-style aviaries. Behavioral data will be collected via direct observation and from video
recordings and will be used to determine how the management strategies impact hen behavior compared
to control conditions.

For full consideration, please complete your application by December 16, 2021.

For questions about the application process at MSU, email Karla Macelli (
Questions regarding the graduate position can be directed to Dr. Siegford (



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