PhD position in animal nutrition – Ref.no. 17/01825
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PhD position in animal nutrition – Ref.no. 17/01825
The Faculty of Biosciences (https://www.nmbu.no/en/faculty/biovit ) contributes to the development of sustainable agriculture and food production systems through basic and applied research in plants, animals and fish (aquaculture).
The Faculty is organised in two departments: Department of Animal and Aquacultural Sciences (IHA) and Department of Plant Sciences (IPV).
IHA is currently inviting applications for a 3-year PhD scholarship in monogastric animal nutrition funded by the Research Council of Norway to work on the project “FeedMileage – Efficient use of feed resources for a sustainable Norwegian food production”.
FeedMileage aims to improve utilization of national fiber-rich feed resources, increase genetic robustness and improve gut health of farm animals. A further goal is to reduce the environmental impact of this production sector through lowered greenhouse gas emissions and reduced nutrient excretion.
The project is a collaboration between IHA (host) and the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine at NMBU.
FeedMileage is closely tied in with the prestigious Centre for Research-based Innovation, Foods of Norway (http://foodsofnorway.net), which is hosted by IHA.
The PhD candidate will be associated with work package 4 in FeedMileage on evaluating the effect of diets based on local protein feed resources on pig growth performance, gastro-intestinal and general health and product quality. A major research focus will be to evaluate the effect of protein sources (e.g. rapeseed meal, field beans, and peas) on nutritional value, growth performance and gastro-intestinal health of pigs by using a wide range of analytical techniques to provide novel insight into the mode of action of feed ingredients on pigs’ performance, gut function and health and product quality.
The PhD position is offered for 3 years. The successful candidate is expected to submit a plan during the first six months of the appointment for the progress of the work towards a PhD degree, with the aim of completing a doctorate within the PhD scholarship period. The candidate will be based at NMBU, Campus Ås.
- To design and conduct experiments with piglets/growing-finishing pigs to determine growth performance and assessment of gastro-intestinal homeostasis.
- To contribute to diet formulation and feed production.
- To study the impact of protein feed resources on pig growth performance, health and product quality using state of the art tools (including immunostaining and nutrigenomic tools).
- To process and perform statistical analysis of data.
- To generate scientific publications.
Minimum required qualifications
- A master degree or equivalent in animal science. Candidates from other disciplines, e.g. veterinary science, food science, human nutrition or biology, may also be considered.
- Appropriate research experience with farm animals, preferably in monogastric animals (especially pigs, but also poultry or fish).
- The candidate must not have any allergies that could affect their work with feed, chemicals or farm animals.
- Hands-on experience with handling of experimental farm animals, collecting data and sampling of blood, organs and tissues for analysis of biological responses in nutritional studies, would be an advantage.
- Experience in feed production, sample preparation, chemical analyses, and statistical analyses would also be an advantage.
Desired personal qualities
We are looking for a person that has a general interest in science and research and has the ability for independent work, initiative, and creative thinking. The successful candidate will have team-work aptitude and good communication skills, including excellent knowledge of oral and written English.
The position is placed in code 1017 PhD scholarship on the government pay scale, pay grade 50 (currently NOK 435.500,- ).
Terms of employment are governed by national guidelines for Universities and Technical Colleges.
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Application deadline: 29.05.2017.
Applications should include (electronically) a cover letter, curriculum vitae, full publication list, copies of degree certificates and transcripts of academic records (all certified), and a list of two persons who may act as references (with phone numbers and e-mail addresses). Publications should be included electronically by the application deadline.
Printed material which cannot be sent electronically should be sent by surface mail to the relevant department at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences, P.O. Box 5003, NO-1432 Ås, by 29.05.2017. Please quote reference number 17/01825.
If it is difficult to judge the applicant’s contribution for publications with multiple authors, a short description of the applicant’s contribution must be included.
A compulsory contribution of 2 % is made to the Norwegian State Pension Fund. A good working environment is characterized by diversity. We encourage qualified candidates to apply, irrespective of gender, physical ability or cultural background. The workplace will if necessary be facilitated for persons with disabilities.
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