PhD position in Precision Livestock Farming in The Institute of Animal Husbandry and Animal Welfare at The University of Veterinary Medicine, Vienna

The University of Veterinary Medicine, Vienna is active in teaching and research and provides services in connection with ensuring animal health in Austria. These tasks represent our contribution to maintaining the health of humans and their animal companions as well as to producing healthy food.

The Institute of Animal Husbandry and Animal Welfare (part of the Department for Farm Animals and Veterinary Public health) is looking for a PhD student in PLF of social interactions

Grade: B1

Level of employment: 30 hours

Length of employment: 3 years

Deadline for applications: 20.01.2019

The Institute of Animal Welfare Science is part of Vetmeduni Vienna, ranked 6th worldwide (2018 Shanghai Ranking for Universities, Veterinary Sciences) and located in Vienna, consistently ranking as one of the most liveable cities in the world. Responsibilities This PhD position links two core research programs of the Institute, namely Precision Livestock Farming (PLF) in pigs and positive social behaviour, both with an animal welfare focus. This innovative project combines sensor technology and animal behaviour, with the aim to develop novel tools to assess social interactions, a key determinant of animal welfare. For this, you will have access to the Vetmeduni state-of-the-art experimental farm, fully equipped with PLF technologies. The candidate should be motivated, independent and reliable. The project would be ideally suited to a student with a strong quantitative background in computer science, engineering or the physical sciences, who has a passion to do high level research in a very engaged and ambitious research team. The project will combine behavioural observations on animals, analysis of dynamic variation of sensor signals, algorithm development and algorithm validation.

The work will be conducted in English and requires travel for on-farm experiments. The starting date is negotiable and candidates from any country can apply. Please submit to the email address listed below a letter addressing the selection criteria below (necessary knowledge and qualifications, desired skills and abilities) in 2 to 3 pages, a full CV, a list of two references and a letter of motivation describing your research interests, experience and goals.

Necessary knowledge and qualifications

 A Master in a relevant area of biology, computer science, bioengineering or equivalent degree or graduation as a veterinarian

 Fluent in English writing and speaking (Level B1) Skills and Abilities

 Knowledge in computer programming (e.g. MATLAB, Python, R)

 Knowledge in behavioural data analysis  Experience with sensor use in biology

 Ability to conduct research relatively independently

 Evidence of initiative and persistence

 Publications would be a plus

Contact /Further Information

Univ.-Prof. Jean-Loup Rault E

jean-loup.rault@vetmeduni.ac.at

T +43 1 25077-4900

The minimum salary for university staff is regulated by the collective contract and at the level given above amounts to EUR 2.096,00 gross per month (14 times/year). The minimum salary may be increased when previous employment and other salary components are taken into account. Applications Please submit applications quoting the reference number 2018/1209 via e-mail (preferably) to bewerbungen@vetmeduni.ac.at or by post to the Personnel Department of the University of Veterinary Medicine, Veterinärplatz 1, 1210 Vienna.

Please do not forget to include the reference number or we shall be unable to relate your application to the correct vacancy announcement. The Vetmeduni Vienna is attempting to increase the proportion of female staff, particularly in senior positions, and in accordance with § 41 of the 2002 Universities Act it is striving to attain a balanced representation of men and women, especially on its scientific staff. Applications from qualified women are thus particularly welcomed. If women are underrepresented (below 50%), female applicants who are as well qualified as the best qualified male applicants will be given preference, provided that there are no strong reasons for favouring a particular male candidate. Applicants have no entitlement to reimbursement of any travel or accommodation costs they may incur as a result of the application procedure. The Vetmeduni Vienna is proud to have been awarded the certificate “hochschuleundfamilie” (career and family). We should thus be especially pleased to receive applications from people with families. Applications from persons with disabilities are similarly welcome.

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