PhD on Welfare of Pigs and Poultry in Outdoor Systems

The PhD-student will be employed by the Flanders Research Institute for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (ILVO) and registered for a PhD at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine of Ghent University (Belgium).

They will be employed on the EU Horizon 2020 'Poultry and Pig Low-Input and Organic Production Systems Welfare' PPILOW project of which ILVO is one of 23 European partner organisations. PPILOW aims to co-construct through a multi-actor approach, solutions to improve the welfare of poultry and pigs reared in organic and low-input outdoor farming systems.

The main task in the frame of the project will be evaluating how effective animal welfare self-assessment by the farmer (via a mobile application) combined with automated feedback (including anonymous benchmarking with other comparable farmers) is in improving the welfare of animals in commercial organic and low-input productions systems. Data will be collected during a longitudinal study including 20 to 30 broiler chicken and 20 to 30 pig farmers from three (BE, NL, FR) and two (BE, NL) countries respectively.

Salary: € 2,283.86 net for the first two years, € 2,387.30 net for the last 2 years

Closing date: 15/02/2020

Further information can be found here.