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Two-year postdoc position in poultry behaviour and welfare (960685)

At the Department of Animal Science, Aarhus University, a postdoc position is available starting on August 1, 2018 
Working area 
We seek a candidate with a strong background in behaviour and welfare of poultry, including layers and broilers. Some of the important focus areas will be 1) suitability of poultry breeds for organic production 2), validation of welfare indicators and 3) enrichment for broiler breeders. The main tasks are management of a laying hen project comparing suitability of different breeds for organic production in relation to outdoor range use, fearfulness, production parameters etc. and collaboration with other research groups on developing and investigating feeding strategies to alleviate hunger in broiler breeders. 
Besides creating a strong research basis the candidate has to perform both teaching, supervision of students and research-based consultancy for the public sector. 

  • Experience in designing experiments, data handling, data analysis and project management 
  • Experience in poultry behaviour and welfare research 
  • Good international network within the field of poultry science 
  • Academic qualifications at PhD level in applied ethology or related field 
  • Previous experience as a post-doctoral researcher 
  • Documentation of excellent skills within the research area 
  • Good skills in communication of research results internationally as evidenced by publications in peer-reviewed journals and conference presentations 
  • Experience in supervising students and teaching at a high academic level 
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.  
For further information, please contact Lene Munksgaard (phone +4587157953, email 
You can read more about the Department of Animal Science at  
Application procedure 
Shortlisting 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. Research activities will be evaluated in relation to actual research time. Thus, we encourage applicants to specify periods of leave without research activities, in order to be able to subtract these periods from the span of the scientific career during the evaluation of scientific productivity. 
Aarhus University offers Relocation service to International researchers. You can read more about it here
All applications must be made online and received by: 1/3/2018 
Please apply online here

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