2013 Fellowship in Animal Welfare for PhD Students in Norway

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A PhD position is available at Norwegian School of Veterinary Science for three years. Fellows will conduct research and teaching related to animal welfare and includes activities related to the stress biology, neuro physiology, cognitive psychology, ethology, epidemiology and clinical practice. The salary grades are 20 36-56 however higher salary may considered for particularly qualified candidates. Applications are to be submitted online till 4 January 2013.. NVH educate veterinarians and animal caretakers and conducts research in food safety, diseases, health and welfare in mammals and fish. Academy also conducts clinic and animal hospital with advanced equipment, good treatment and expertise. NVH is on Adam living in Oslo with offices in Tromsø and Sandnes and adopted, merged with UMB at Ås when new buildings are ready there. The NVH is from 1 August 2013 free a three-year commitment to the 100% position as a PhD student. The position is affiliated with the Department of Production Animal Medicine, Section of livestock services, Research Group Animal Welfare. Candidate will work within the framework of a larger, ongoing project “Oppala of laying hens: development of optimal methods that safeguard animal welfare and productivity.” The project aims to develop improved methods of environmental enrichment and stress reduction measures early oppalperioden with a view to improving future welfare and productivity of laying hens.The project focuses on the effects of early environmental effects on physiological and behavioral indicators related to animal welfare, stress, fear, anticipation, cognition and health. The experiments will be carried out partly in herds and partly by laboratories at NVH. Mapping the mechanisms underlying the observed effects would involve measuring hjernecellemorfologi, hormones, nevrotransmittorstoffer, and gene expression. Grantee shall cooperate in larger national and international networks, and suffer abroad with partners. Candidate will work under the guidance of a research team consisting of, among other members of the Research Group Animal Welfare..  This position is available for PhD students.
The research areas of this scholarship are:  The group’s main responsibility is research and teaching related to animal welfare, and includes activities related to the stress biology, neurophysiology, cognitive psychology, ethology, epidemiology and clinical practice.
Who can apply to this scholarship? Applicant should hold education cand.med.vet, cand.scient., M.Sc. or equivalent in veterinary medicine, physiology, ethology, molecular biology, genetic engineering, analytical chemistry, biochemistry or similar disciplines. Expertise and experience of relevant methods are taken into consideration when evaluating applicants.
· We are seeking a motivated individual with the ability both to work independently and to be a good team player in a larger group. Personal qualities are emphasized.
· The candidate should be able to express themselves well both orally and in writing in English and Norwegian.
· We encourage qualified candidates to apply regardless of gender, disability or cultural background.
Benefits of the scholarship:  Appointment is at position code 1017 Fellow, salary grades 20 36-56. Fellows are placed normally in ltr. 50, but higher salary may be considered for particularly qualified candidates. Addition Membership in the pension fund.
More information about the fellowship:
Duration:  The NVH is from 1 August 2013 free a three-year commitment to the 100% position as a PhD student.
Number of scholarships: Not provided

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