vendredi 24 août 2012

M.Sc. Poultry Applied Ethology – Precision focus

A Master’s of Science position is available in the area of Poultry Applied Ethology, in the Department of Agricultural, Food and Nutritional Science at the University of Alberta. The main project will be developed in consultation with other members of the University of Alberta Poultry Research Centre based upon the student’s interests and strengths, but will have a precision agriculture theme, investigating practical aspects of broiler breeder feeding and social behaviour, including the development of behavioural vices. More information about the project is available upon request. Qualifications: Candidates should have or will receive a BSc degree in agriculture or the biological sciences (or DVM degree) before the end of August 2012, with an anticipated start date for the Master’s program being September 2012 (or January 1, 2013 can also be arranged). The University of Alberta requires that individuals entering into a Master’s program have an undergraduate GPA of 3.3 or higher. However, interested individuals with GPAs of 3.0 or higher should submit applications for consideration. Any experience in applied ethology, animal welfare science and/or poultry production would be a great asset. Stipend will be $19,000/year for 2 years.
Ethology Research Group (Dr. Clover Bench)
The Applied Ethology research group focuses on housing design and management, behavioural biometrics of stress and disease in animals, ontogeny (development) of behaviour, behavioural genetics, and the scientific basis of livestock welfare standards. Our group works with a variety of livestock species (including poultry, swine and beef cattle) with collaborative research partnerships provincially, nationally, and internationally.
Broiler Breeder Research Group (Dr. Martin Zuidhof)
The broiler breeder research group focuses on management and nutritional solutions to optimize reproductive performance in meat-type poultry, which are prone to weight-related reproductive dysfunction. We focus on energy partitioning and nutrient responses of individual animals.
Potential applicants should send their expression of interest, curriculum vitae, and contact information for at least one reference person to:

Dr. Clover Bench
Assistant Professor, Applied Ethology
Department of Agricultural, Food and Nutritional Science
4-10 Ag/For Centre
University of Alberta
Edmonton, Alberta   T6G 2P5
Email: , Tel: (780) 492-9081
All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply. We thank all applicants for their time and effort but only those selected for an interview will be contacted. Applicants may be considered for future vacancies.