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Ulls hus, Almas allé 8
75007 Uppsala
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Post - doctoral position - Animal Welfare Economics

Publicerad: 2018-07-30 | Sista ansökningsdag: 2018-08-10 | Lön: Fast lön | Anställningsform: 6 månader eller längre/Heltid

The Department of Clinical Sciences is responsible for undergraduate education, research and research education in the subjects anesthesiology, clinical pathology, diagnostic imaging, epidemiology, laboratory animal science, medicine, reproduction, surgery and veterinary nursing. All species are covered in these subjects.

The Department of Clinical Sciences 
The Department of Clinical Sciences at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) invites applications for a two-year post-doctoral position in Veterinary Epidemiology.

Our research in Veterinary Epidemiology focuses on applying state-of-the-art epidemiological and statistical methods to study and understand the distribution of health, disease, injury, death and performance in animal populations. We incorporate welfare and social sciences (including economics) to increase the relevance and societal value of the research. The unit successfully studies antimicrobial use and antimicrobial resistance, and infectious and production diseases in farm animals. We have also evaluated and utilized databases on animal diseases, and studied the epidemiology of injuries and diseases in sport and companion animals.

We now initiate two research projects on “Good animal welfare - gains for animals, farmers and society” and we are offering a post-doctoral position that will focus on beef production. The projects are conducted in close collaboration with the research group “Agricultural and Food Economics” in the Department of Economics, SLU, which is currently recruiting two post-doctoral positions where one is related to efficiency and productivity in agriculture and one to animal health economics. The research also means collaboration with Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC), UK, Lincoln University, NZ, and other departments at SLU. 

The successful applicant is expected to (1) conduct research as set out in the project plan, (2) actively, and through own initiatives, contribute to the group’s research in this field, and (3) eventually apply for external research funding. You may also be expected to supervise students’ theses at all levels.

The successful applicant should have a background in (agricultural) economics, with an interest in the interrelationship between livestock management, animal health and economic outcomes, and experiences of multidisciplinary approaches. 

We are looking for a highly motivated applicant who can work both independently and in teams, is used to taking own initiatives, and has documented experience in publishing research in high quality scientific journals. Very good English skills (in both writing and speech) are required, and familiarity with ethical reflections on animal welfare and production economics is a merit. Your personal characteristics are also important.

Place of work:

Form of employment:
A temporary position for two years.


Starting date:
Specific date to be discussed, but ideally 1 October, 2018

Individuals with a completed PhD (no more than three years ago) are encouraged to apply for this position. Applications should be received no later than 10 August, 2018 and should contain: (1) a current CV including publication list, (2) a statement motivating the interest in this position (one page single space maximum), and (3) the name of two reference persons. 

Union representatives:

The Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) develops the understanding and sustainable use and management of biological natural resources. The university ranks well internationally within its subject areas. SLU is a research-intensive university that also offers unique degree programmes in for example rural development and natural resource management, environmental economics, animal science and landscape architecture.

SLU has just over 3,000 employees, 5,000 students and a turnover of SEK 3 billion. The university has invested heavily in a modern, attractive environment on its campuses in Alnarp, Umeå and Uppsala.

SLU is an equal opportunity employer.

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