Companion Animal Behaviour & Welfare PhD

The PhD student will be expected to take a leadership role in their Animal Science research
program within the Human-Animal Interaction Lab. The PhD student will lead canine welfare
research that aims to evaluate the influence of human-animal interactions on the behavior and
welfare of companion animals, and to identify ways to prevent and reduce animal stress. General
responsibilities will include: organizing, coordinating and conducting experiments, coordinating
with dog owners/shelters, supervising research assistants, data collection and management, data
analyses, and manuscript writing.
The ideal candidate has strong interpersonal skills, formal training conducting applied animal
behavior research, a strong research background with publication(s), and the ability to work well
independently and as part of a team.
• Minimum of a Master’s degree in animal science, animal welfare, applied ethology,
animal biology, or related field
• Strong leadership skills
• Ability to supervise and mentor research assistants
• Ability to organize and coordinate research projects
• Knowledge and skills working with Microsoft suite (Excel, Word, PowerPoint)
• Knowledge and skills working with statistical programs, such as STATA, SAS, or R.
• Interest and experience working with dogs (e.g., handling experience)
• Interest and/or experience in animal welfare science
• Experience coding behavior (e.g., using Noldus Observer software) from video
recordings (considered an asset, but not required)

Salary: Stipend support is available, with expectations that students will seek additional scholarship opportunities.

Closing date: 01/12/2021

Further information can be found here.