mardi 20 janvier 2015

PH.D. in laying hen welfare: Keel bone damage

Applicants are sought for a person who will pursue a Ph.D. as part of a funded three year research program investigating the effects of keel bone fracture on laying hen welfare and productivity as well as the role that locomotion from/to perches plays in causing fracture. The student will be involved in experimental design, project coordination, daily project operations, data analysis, and delivery of results to the research community in the form of presentations at conferences and peer-reviewed journal articles. The project, funded by the Federal Food Safety and Veterinary Office of Switzerland, will be based within the ZTHZ, Division of Animal Welfare at the University of Bern in Switzerland and involve collaborators from Germany, Canada, and the United States of America. The salary will be based on regulations of the Swiss National Science Foundation. Further information about the Division of Animal Welfare can be gained by visiting our webpage:

Characteristics that will be considered when reviewing applications include:

Highly Valued
·         MSc degree (or equivalent) in relevant discipline (normally biology, animal science, veterinary science, or psychology)
·         Demonstrated experience in research
·         Good knowledge of spoken and written English
·         Experience and interest in ethology, behavioural ecology, animal welfare science  (or project related experience)
·         Active member of relevant societies, attendance of relevant conferences, letters of support
·         Good knowledge of spoken and written German

To apply, please send a 1-2 page cover letter describing your background (particularly highlighting the characteristics given above) and interest in the position, your CV detailing your education and research experience, and contact information for at least two references.  Applications will be accepted until March 15th, 2015 and interviews will be conducted in April either via teleconferencing or in person if possible.  We hope for the student to formally begin the position in May 2015 through the specific date is negotiable.
Application materials, as well as any additional questions should be sent to Dr. Michael Toscano at:
Contact Address:
Burgerweg 22

3052 Switzerland