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Typ práce: Post doktorské pozice, Lokalita: Belgie / vloženo 10.1.2020, platná do:  15. 02. 2020

ILVO / Ghent University

The PhD-student will be employed by the Flanders Research Institute for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (ILVO) and registered for a PhD at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine of Ghent University (Belgium).

ILVO is a scientific institute of the Government of Flanders. ILVO performs multidisciplinary, innovative and independent research aimed at economically, ecologically and (socially) sustainable agriculture and fisheries. Through this research, ILVO accumulates fundamental and applied knowledge which is vital for the improvement of products and production methods for quality control and the safety of end products, and for the amelioration of policy instruments as a foundation for sector development and agricultural policy for rural areas. More information can be found at: www.ilvo.vlaanderen.be/language/en-US/EN/Home.aspx.

The research activities at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine (Ghent University) receive both strong national and international recognition. The Faculty is accredited by the European Association of Establishments for Veterinary Education (EAEVE) and is ranked in first place in the prestigious "Shanghai Ranking of Academic Subjects" for the third year in a row. More information can be found at: https://www.ugent.be/di/en.

Your Profile

We are looking for a motivated colleague who:

  • holds a university degree (Master’s or a degree of minimum 4 years of study considered equivalent by Ghent University) in a biological science, including animal science, veterinary medicine, zoology, bio-engineering, and related disciplines *
  • has strong interest in sustainable and animal-friendly pig and poultry farming
  • is fascinated by scientific research and highly motivated to obtain a PhD
  • has good IT (MS Word/MS Excel/Powerpoint/Outlook), numeracy and statistical skills
  • ideally has experience in designing and conducting scientific experiments, analyzing data, presenting results
  • has a European driving license (category B)
  • has an analytical and critical mindset
  • likes taking initiative, is pro-active
  • has strong communicative skills and actively engages to build and maintain contact with the collaborating project partners
  • has strong organizational and people skills
  • is fluent in writing and speaking in English
  • ideally is able to speak both Dutch and French
  • ideally has knowledge and/or hands-on experience with either pigs or poultry
  • holds a FELASA C certificate (laboratory animal science) or will obtain such a certificate within the first year of the PhD (courses will be organized)

What do we offer?

A varied and challenging job as a research fellow that is also socially relevant. You will be part of a team of researchers from the various research institutes involved. You will be employed as a doctoral scholar (4 years) in a young and dynamic research environment in which the ILVO values of being positive, proactive, professional, exemplary and collaborative are paramount, and with many possibilities for your own development and training. The doctoral scholarship is initially granted for 1 year and is subject to a favourable evaluation extendable to 4 years. The fellowship is free of personal income tax, but contributes to your social security (e.g. pension). The net fellowship amount is € 2,283,86 net (€ 2,627,24 gross) for the first 2 years. For the last 2 years it is € 2,387,30 net (€ 2,746,23 gross). Prof. dr. Frank Tuyttens (ILVO/Ghent University) will be your PhD-promotor and Prof. dr. Bas Rodenburg (Utrecht University) your co-promotor.

Start: April or May 2020

Deadline for application is 15th of February 2020. Please send a letter of application highlighting your motivation to join our team and extended CV with clear reference to project PhD - PPILOW to Prof. dr. Frank Tuyttens, Group Leader Farm Animal Welfare & Behaviour (Animal Science Unit) via email to personeel@ilvo.vlaanderen.be

More information can be found at: www.ilvo.vlaanderen.be/language/en-US/EN/Home.aspx.

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