mardi 28 mars 2017

Master’s opportunity in the behaviour and welfare of free - range laying hens.

Master’s opportunity in the behaviour and welfare of free - range laying hens. The Animal Behaviour and Welfare team at CSIRO and the University of New England, Armidale, NSW is searching for a Master’s student to join the group. The student will be working on a project looking at the effects of early rearing environments on the range use, health and welfare of free - range l aying hens. The student will utilise radio - frequency identification, behavioural observations , behavioural testing and physiologic al sampling methods based at an experimental free - range facility. This project is aimed at understanding and improving rearing practices to prepare birds for a free - range environment. T he student will obtain skills in experimental design, use of RFID techn ology, behaviour obser vations, animal handling, data collection, data analysis, peer - reviewed publications and oral presentation . The student should have a strong interest and background in animal behaviour research with some prior experience in statistic al analyses. The student will be provided a stipend of $26,682 AU per annum for 2 years full - time research and will be encouraged to apply for a University of New England Australian Post - graduate Award (applications close September 30, 2017). To apply pl ease send a cover letter stating your background and career goals, current CV and academic record to Dr Dana Campbell ( ). Please also email for further information as required . The succes sful student is anticipated to start July 2017 but start - date is negotiable .