mercredi 2 novembre 2016

Scientific Positions

Senior researcher in poultry behaviour and welfare 866925

The Department of Animal Science, Aarhus University, invites applications for a permanent position as senior researcher or associate professor in poultry behaviour and welfare. The position is available from April 1, 2017.

The department of Animal Science and the research unit of animal behaviour and stress biology 
The department has strong research units within immunology and microbiology, molecular nutrition and reproduction, animal nutrition and physiology, animal behaviour and stress biology, and epidemiology and management. The successful applicant will be working in the Section of animal behaviour and stress biology that produces and disseminates new knowledge of the behavioural needs, stress biology and adaptability of domesticated animals in order to develop principles for housing, and management ensuring animal welfare, health and functionality when used for production, research and as hobby and therapy animals. The research group contributes to the development of new methods for assessment of welfare and adaptability, which can be used in animal breeding, decision support systems as well as in disease surveillance and documentation of animal welfare.

Working area
The work will include research in behaviour of poultry, including layers, broilers and breeder parents for welfare assessment as a basis for improving management, housing and production systems. The research can involve e.g. the effects of early experiences on the development of behaviour and other factors affecting abnormal and injurious behaviour. Furthermore, the research can cover e.g. effects of environmental enrichment on the reduction of welfare problems and the use of new technology to secure and improve welfare and production. Besides creating a strong research basis the candidate has to perform both teaching and research-based consultancy for the public sector. Finally, the candidate will be a contact person for the poultry sector regarding animal welfare issues.

Qualifications for the senior researcher or associate professor level at Aarhus University include a strong academic background, documented successful grant writing and experience with project management, industrial/public sector collaboration, as well as teaching and supervision experience. Criteria for evaluating candidates can be found here.

Place of Work and area of Employment 
The place of work is Blichers Allé 20, DK-8830 Tjele, and the area of employment is Aarhus University with related departments. Teaching activities are primarily conducted at AU-Campus, 8000 Aarhus

Further information on the position may be obtained from head of department Klaus Lønne Ingvartsen, phone +45 8715 7757, e-mail: or professor Lene Munksgaard, phone: +45 87157923, e-mail 

You can read more about the Department of Animal Science at 

Application procedure
Short-listing is used. This means that after the deadline for applications – and with the assistance from the assessment committee chairman, and the appointment committee if necessary, – the head of department selects the candidates to be evaluated. All applicants will be notified whether or not their applications have been sent to an expert assessment committee for evaluation. The selected applicants will be informed about the composition of the committee, and each applicant is given the opportunity to comment on the part of the assessment that concerns him/her self. Once the recruitment process is completed a final letter of rejection is sent to the deselected applicants, including the main considerations emphasized during the selection process.

Formalities and salary range

Science and Technology refers to the Ministerial Order on the Appointment of Academic Staff at Danish Universities under the Danish Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation.

The application must be in English and include a curriculum vitae, degree certificate, a complete list of publications, a statement of future research plans and information about research activities, teaching portfolio and verified information on previous teaching experience (if any). Guidelines for applicants can be found here.

Appointment shall be in accordance with the collective labour agreement between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. Further information on qualification requirements and job content may be found in the Memorandum on Job Structure for Academic Staff at Danish Universities.

Salary depends on seniority as agreed between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Confederation of Professional Associations.

All interested candidates are encouraged to apply, regardless of their personal background.
All applications must be made online and received by: