Postdoctoral Researcher in Positive Human-Animal Interactions and Animal Welfare

Positive social interactions improve longevity, health and well-being. The effects are well documented but poorly understood. The project aims to: 1) Characterize the structural and sequential behavioural features of positive interactions, 2) Identify the specific roles of neurotransmitter systems, and 3) Elucidate the effects of repeated positive interactions on the brain and the immune system. This position forms part of a national science fund (‘FWF’) project on the topic of positive human-animal interactions, their determinants and benefits for animal well-being, using farm pigs as a model and state-of-the-art methods.

The candidate will be responsible for planning, coordinating, documenting and writing publications, as well as supervision of students. We will use a multi-disciplinary series of experiments combining behaviour, neuroendocrinology, neuroimaging, psychoneuroimmunology, and proteomics. The candidate is not expected to have prior knowledge in all techniques used within the project, as support from colleagues will help the candidate to learn or develop some of those skills. Nevertheless, a strong knowledge in animal behaviour is a must.

Salary: EUR 54 453 gross yearly

Closing date: 31/08/2020

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