PhD Assistantship on "Impact of Litter Training Strategies on Egg-Laying, Piling, and Welfare of Laying Hens in Aviaries"
Department of Animal and Veterinary Sciences, Clemson University
One Ms or PhD-level graduate student assistantship will be available starting in Spring 2023. The student will be based at Clemson University with Dr. Ahmed Ali and will be expected to spend a year at Michigan State collecting data.
Students 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 be focused on using and developing precision livestock farming technologies including body-worn sensors and robots in the litter area to both monitor and manage the behavior of hens.
The students 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 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.
In addition to the primary research responsibilities described above, the candidates will be able to participate in other activities such as: assisting with teaching of courses (and development of instructional skills), presentation of findings at scientific conferences and industry meetings, and grant writing.