The University of Copenhagen in Denmark offers a PhD fellowship in piglet nutrition in the 2022/23 academic session.
The main aim of this PhD project is to combine knowledge on gut metabolism and maturation, and muscle development during early life of piglets, in order to increase survival and growth of piglets within large litters. The work is part of the project Tarm og muskel, Næringstoffer og Tilvækst TNT, funded by the Pig Levy Fund (Svineafgiftsfonden). The project will among other things involve conducting two experiments with piglets, one focusing on optimizing nutrition and survival the first few days of life and the other will focus on gut maturation and muscle growth, testing several feeding strategies against each other in a controlled research environment at UCPH. The study will combine nutritional in vivo experiments with laboratory analyses of muscle fibre development, growth and gut maturation parameters.
Your key tasks as a PhD fellow at SUND will be:
- Carrying through an independent research project under supervision.
- Completing PhD courses or other equivalent education corresponding to approximately 30 ECTS points.
- Participating in active research environments including a stay at another research team.
- Obtaining experience with teaching or other types of dissemination related to your PhD project
- Teaching and disseminating your knowledge through publishing peer-reviewed scientific papers.
- Writing a PhD thesis on the grounds of your project
Worth of Award
- Salary, pension and terms of employment are in accordance with the agreement between the Ministry of Finance and The Danish Confederation of Professional Associations on Academics in the State.
- Depending on seniority, the monthly salary starts at approximately 27,800 DKK/Roughly 3,700 EUR (October 2021 level) plus pension.
Applicants must have qualifications corresponding to a master’s degree related to the subject area of the project, e.g. animal science. Please note that your master’s degree must be equivalent to a Danish master’s degree (two years).
Other important criteria are:
- The grade point average achieved
- Professional qualifications relevant to the PhD project
- Previous publications
- Relevant work experience
- Other professional activities
- A curious mind-set with a strong interest in monogastric nutrition
- Language skills – fluently Danish and English
- Driver’s license
- Enjoy working in a small team
How to Apply
Your application must be submitted electronically by clicking ‘Apply now’. The application must include the following documents in PDF format:
- Motivated letter of application (max. one page)
- CV incl. education, experience, language skills, and other skills relevant for the position (max. two pages)
- Certified copy of original Master of Science diploma and transcript of records in the original language, including an authorized English translation if issued in another language than English or Danish.
- Publication list (if possible)
Deadline: The application deadline is December 6th, 2021, 23.59 pm Central European Time.