PhD on Using Technology to Quantify Welfare in Broiler Chickens

Project: A key aim of this project is to develop new technologies and methodologies for monitoring broiler chicken welfare, particularly automated behaviour monitoring tools. These tools offer valuable opportunities to gather information on bird welfare that could ultimately lead to the creation of 'smart' houses that respond in real time to the needs of broilers. In this project they are particularly interested in capturing indicators of positive subjective state such as play behaviour and engagement with environmental enrichment.
Supervisors: Prof Niamh O'Connell (Queen's University Belfast) and Dr Anne Richmond (Moy Park Ltd)
Student requirements: Student will need to work in a commercial chicken broiler environment and to travel between Queen's University Belfast, Moy Park Ltd and commercial farms in Northern Ireland as required. An industrial placement at Moy Park will also be undertaken.

Salary: Department for the Economy Studentship (see details https://www.economy-ni.gov.uk/sites/default/files/publications/economy/Postgraduate-studentship-terms-conditions-2018-19.pdf)

Closing date: 31/05/2019

Further information can be found here.