mardi 15 novembre 2016

Animal Sciences PhD Studentship

Quality of sleeping and resting behaviour in dairy cattle and implications for cow welfare AgResearch Ltd (New Zealand) and Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC) are collaborating to offer this exciting PhD studentship for a term of 4 years. The Organisation s AgResearch is a leading Crown Research Institute charged with delivering science and innovation to benefit New Zealand agriculture and its wider economy. Our internationally recognised scientists are dedicated to this mission , and we collaborate with world leading science organisations and universities to achieve exceptional science delivery. We are proud to be a unique organisation that is driving prosperity by transforming agriculture to equip better our future generations to come. SRUC (Scotland’s Rural College) is a widely respected higher education institute dedicated to producing specialist research, delivering high quality education and providing comprehensive consultancy services in the rural sector within the UK and beyond. An organisation unique in Scotlan d and one of the largest organisations of its kind in Europe; we aim to lead the way in innovation and sustainable development in the agriculture and rural sectors at local, national and international levels. Research at SRUC is focused on rural, environme ntal and land - based activity and underpins our education and consultancy. Our work addresses health and productivity in animals, animal welfare and crops, promotes low carbon farming and increases farm output through efficiency and innovation. The Role Animal Welfare PhD Studentship: The Animal Welfare Team s at AgResearch and SRUC support the market success of our agricultural industries by providing animal welfare research that can be used to inform management choices and industry strategies that meet pub lic expectations. This role will undertake a PhD research program consisting of projects delivering high quality science outcomes, relevant to dairy industry priorities in animal welfare. In doing so, the job holder will identify and convert relevant knowledge gaps into successful R&D proposals and outcomes. 

The PhD research will be carried out for approximately e qual periods at both AgResearch ( New Z ealand ) and SRU C ( Scotland ) . The candidate would need to meet requirements for registration as a PhD student at Massey University in New Zealand to qualify for the studentship. The research program : The PhD candidate will undertake a program of research to understand the components contributing to “quality” of sleep and rest i ng in D airy Cattle. Specifically:  A ssess ing the space requirements for resting (including investigating biomechanics of standing - lying transition and use of 3 - D space ) .  Determing the indicators of quality sleep ( e.g. using duration of slow - wave and REM sleep).  Determining th e effect of lying posture on quality of rest and sleep .  Determining indicators that can be used for assessment of rest and sleep quality in different environments.  Investigating m otivation and decisions to lie down. The research should include a re - evaluation of minimum requirements for resting to meet adequate welfare needs and provide information that can be used to support manage ment guidelines for dairy farmers. Duties • plan s the research, collect data, provide analysis and reporting of results • authors major papers and client project reports • presents these papers at local, national and international conferences /workshops • c ontributes to the development or improvement of research methods • obtain s approval from supervisors before modifying agreed activities • is responsible for implementing approved project plans • work s effectively and cooperatively with team and stakeholders • c oordinates resources and equipment and supervises the delivery of research • w orks with others; establishing and maintaining good working relationships • p rovides clear instructions and guidance to colleagues concerning project work • e stablishes courses of action to ensure results delivered efficiently • committed to foster and sustain a positive, friendly and supportive workplace About you The person best suited for this position will possess the following: Education/Qualifications • A degree in physiology, veterinary medicine, animal science, or ethology • A masters degree from one of these fields of study preferre Knowledge/Experience Required • Thorough understanding of research process and analytical procedures • Strong project management skills • Demonstrated experience with report writing • B ackground knowledge and in - depth expertise in own specialist area • Uses scientific methodologies for all research, including literature searching • Uses hypothesis - based experime ntal design and statistical analysis • Follows rigorous development and documentation pro cedures • Strong academic achievement Benefits • Varied work plan • Strong team environment • Opportunity to learn a wide range of technical and research skills • Opportunity for international collaboration and experience • Contribute to New Zealand's and Scotland’s strong animal welfare reputation s How to apply Closing Date of expressions of interest, with a CV is 30 November 2016. C ontact Dr Jim Webster , S c ience Team L eader on +64 783835574 or for a confidential discussion. AgResearch and SRUC are equal opportunities employer s .