This doctoral programme involves research institutes from the Georg-August-University of Goettingen, the University of Veterinary Medicine Hanover, the University of Vechta, as well as the University of Applied Sciences Osnabrueck. Using an interdisciplinary perspective, the challenges facing animal welfare arising from economic pressures and societal requirements will be examined. Within this structured three-year programme, the successful candidates will be given the opportunity to gain a doctorate. They will investigate a certain research question at one of the participating chairs and in parallel participate in a modular programme which will provide them with subject-specific, methodological as well as transferrable skills.
In order to successfully meet the requirements of the graduation programme, basic knowledge of the German language is imperative. In addition, the successful candidates should have a good command of English and a good knowledge of research methods. Please find below the specific requirements for the successful candidates in the individual projects. Animal welfare from an business perspective successful candidates will have -A postgraduate degree (Master or equivalent) in agricultural economics, agribusiness, economic sciences, forestry sciences (with a specialization in forest economics) or a related discipline -Interest and good knowledge in the following areas: application of economic planning and analytical methods, knowledge of animal production; supply chain management. Animal welfare from a veterinary and livestock sciences perspective successful candidates will have -A postgraduate degree (Master or equivalent) in veterinary medicine; agricultural sciences (with a specialization in livestock sciences); biology; or life sciences.
– Interest and good knowledge in one of the following areas: microbiological research, research dealing with livestock and animal husbandry with regard to animal welfare and animal health; livestock ethology, environmental consequences of animal production; food safety; production systems of farm animals. Animal welfare from consumer science perspective successful candidates will have -A postgraduate degree (Master or equivalent) in agricultural sciences, nutritional science, economic sciences (with a specialization in marketing) -Special requirements: Interest in market research, marketing and consumer behavior. Animal welfare from ethical/philosophical perspective successful candidates will have -A postgraduate degree (Master or equivalent) in philosophy (preferably with a specialization in practical philosophy) -Special requirements: Interest in the topic Animal welfare from a structural research, agricultural and economic geography perspective successful candidates will have -A postgraduate degree (Master or equivalent) in geography or related economic or social sciences -Specific requirements: experience in empirical social research, and willingness to work in a team.