03/04/2019
Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions

14 ESR (PhD Student) positions in chicken welfare, genomics, and comparative neuroscience

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  • ORGANISATION/COMPANY
    Newcastle University
  • RESEARCH FIELD
    Biological sciencesZoology
    Medical sciencesVeterinary medicine
    NeurosciencesNeurobiology
    Pharmacological sciencesVeterinary pharmacology
    Psychological sciencesBehavioural sciences
  • RESEARCHER PROFILE
    First Stage Researcher (R1)
  • APPLICATION DEADLINE
    15/05/2019 23:00 - Europe/London
  • LOCATION
    Multiple locations, see work locations below.
  • TYPE OF CONTRACT
    Temporary
  • JOB STATUS
    Full-time
  • HOURS PER WEEK
    35-40
  • OFFER STARTING DATE
    30/09/2019
  • EU RESEARCH FRAMEWORK PROGRAMME
    H2020 / Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions
  • MARIE CURIE GRANT AGREEMENT NUMBER
    812777

Public opinion across Europe demands that laying hens are kept in the highest possible welfare conditions. In Europe, this has led to a ban on battery cages, which came into effect from 2012. Although conceived with the best of intentions and a bold step to improve welfare, unexpected problems have arisen with alternative production systems: in large barn egg and free-range egg production systems, more birds suffer from keel bone fractures, there is a resurgence of pathogens associated with venturing outdoors, and there is an increase in feather pecking and cannibalism.

Hens without fractures lay more, bigger eggs, and consume less food and water. An outbreak of feather pecking can result in a 5% increase in mortality rates, which could result in 20 million hens dying prematurely due to feather pecking in the EU annually. It is clear, therefore, that improved welfare can lead to improved productivity.

Chronic stress is at the core of many of the challenges outlined. It is therefore crucial to understand how hens respond to stress, and to devise strategies to reduce chronic stress in laying hens. However, chronic stress is not easy to detect and quantify, because it is essentially an internal response. We should be able to measure such an internal response in the animals’ brains.

The ChickenStress consortium aims to understand how the stress response is regulated in the avian brain and to minimize chronic stress by investigating the three main contributors to variation in the stress response:

  • genetic variability
  • early-life environment
  • current environment

By understanding the impacts of these factors, we will be able to produce more stress resilient birds in higher welfare housing conditions, and thereby enhance animal welfare and productivity.

We are currently hiring 14 Early Stage Researchers (PhD students) across the entire consortium to help us achieve these aims. We will provide a distinctive multi-disciplinary training environment which will prepare the PhD students for careers in academia, policy making, or industry. More details about each of the PhD projects and how to apply for them can be found on the website: http://www.ncl.ac.uk/cbe/chickenstress.

Benefits

The successful applicants will become employees of the employing organization, with all benefits that are associated with this. They will receive a salary, plus a mobility allowance. If the successful applicant has a family, they are also eligible for a family allowance.

Eligibility criteria

These PhD studentships are open to people of any nationality. However, the Marie S. Curie Actions have two strict eligibility criteria for applicants to these kinds of positions:

EARLY STAGE: The applicant must be within the first four years (full-time equivalent research experience) of her/his research career (starting from the moment you obtain a degree that makes you eligible to study for a PhD) and not have a doctoral degree. Adjustments can be made for career breaks.

MOBILITY: The applicant must not have resided or carried out her/his main activity (e.g. work, studies) in the country where she/he has been recruited for more than 12 months in the three years immediately before the recruitment date (this is the day on which you start your PhD).

Selection process

Applications must be submitted through the website. The deadline for applications is Wednesday 15 May 2019 (midnight Brussels time). There are other positions available in this network and you can apply for up to 5 of the positions at one time. To make an application you will need:

  • Names and email addresses for 2 referees
  • Current CV
  • Transcripts of your Bachelor and Masters degree courses
  • A statement about why you are applying to the positions that you are applying to, including how you meet the Essential and Desired criteria for those positions. You are allowed to address each position separately in your statement.

In early June, shortlisted candidates will be invited to Utrecht University for a two-day recruitment event on 18-19 June 2019. Reasonable travel expenses will be covered. Candidates who cannot physically attend will be interviewed remotely. Candidates will learn more about the ChickenStress Network and the underlying science.

 

Web site for additional job details

Offer Requirements

  • REQUIRED EDUCATION LEVEL
    Agricultural sciences: Master Degree or equivalent
    Biological sciences: Master Degree or equivalent
    Computer science: Master Degree or equivalent
    Engineering: Master Degree or equivalent
    Psychological sciences: Master Degree or equivalent
    Neurosciences: Master Degree or equivalent
    Pharmacological sciences: Master Degree or equivalent
    Mathematics: Master Degree or equivalent
    Medical sciences: Master Degree or equivalent
  • REQUIRED LANGUAGES
    ENGLISH: Excellent

Skills/Qualifications

Different for different positions. Please see the website: http://www.ncl.ac.uk/cbe/chickenstress

Specific Requirements

Different for different positions. Please see the website: http://www.ncl.ac.uk/cbe/chickenstress

Work location(s)
1 position(s) available at
Institut de Recerca Biomedica de Lleida
Spain
Lleida
25198
Avda Alcalde Rovira Roure nº80
1 position(s) available at
Newcastle University
United Kingdom
Tyne & Wear
Newcastle upon Tyne
NE2 4HH
Henry Wellcome Building
1 position(s) available at
Hendrix Genetics
Netherlands
Boxmeer
5831 CK
Spoorstraat 69
1 position(s) available at
University of St-Andrews
United Kingdom
Fife
St-Andrews
KY16 9ST
1 position(s) available at
Universitat de Lleida
Spain
Lleida
25198
Avenida Alcalde Rovira Roure, 80
1 position(s) available at
Universiteit Utrecht
Netherlands
Utrecht
3584 CM
Yalelaan 2
1 position(s) available at
Trinity College Dublin
Ireland
Dublin
2
College Green
1 position(s) available at
Flanders Research Institute for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food
Belgium
Melle
9090
Scheldeweg 68
3 position(s) available at
University of Bern
Switzerland
Zollikofen
CH 3052
Burgerweg 22
1 position(s) available at
Norwegian University of Life Sciences
Norway
Oslo
NO-0033
Ullevålsveien 72
1 position(s) available at
The Open University of Israel
Israel
Tel-Aviv
Klauzner St
1 position(s) available at
Scotland's Rural College
United Kingdom
Penicuik
EH26 0PZ
Bush Loan

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