Academic post in Production Animal Welfare Science at Bristol Vet School

Bristol Veterinary School is seeking to recruit a dynamic research-active faculty member in Production Animal Welfare Science at either Lecturer, Senior Lecturer, Reader or Professor level. This will be one of three new academic positions focused on the John Oldacre Centre for Sustainability and Welfare in Dairy Production and the Centre of Innovation Excellence in Livestock (CIEL) Poultry Facility and thus will be based at the University's Langford campus.

The new John Oldacre and CIEL Research Centres offer opportunities for the development of an animal welfare and health research programme that capitalises on population level big data generated by the centres. Both facilities can provide automatically and remotely collected data on behaviour, welfare, health, nutrition, productivity and environment, and allow prospective and cross-sectional cohort studies of dairy cattle and poultry. A deep understanding of animal behaviour and its links to welfare will play a crucial part in exploiting this new data stream. Research opportunities include, but are not limited to: understanding what constitutes and predicts resilience in livestock; developing new measures of animal welfare, including those that can be automated for use in situ; investigating the effects of early experience including epigenetic processes on phenotypic development; characterising the concept of resilience in terms of production animal welfare and health; investigating social dynamics and their impact on health, welfare and productivity; and evaluating societal, ethical and economic trade-offs in renewed intensification of livestock production driven by human population growth and concerns about global food security.

You will have a strong track record of publication and grant funding success in animal welfare and behaviour and will be expected to develop and consolidate a research group, forge collaborations with colleagues in BVS, the wider University, and externally, teach on the School’s undergraduate and taught postgraduate courses, and supervise postgraduate research students.

Salary: Grade K (Lecturer): £43,267- £48,677 per annum. Grade L (Senior Lecturer): £51,630 - £58,089 per annum. Grade L (Reader): £51,630 - £58,089 per annum. Grade M (Professor) competitive salary, subject to negotiation.

Closing date: 03/07/2019

Further information can be found here.