PhD Position on Pig Nutrition and Emission of Methane, Odour, and Ammonia

Wageningen University & Research is offering a 4-year PhD position on pig nutrition and the emission of methane, odour, and ammonia.

In the Netherlands, pig production is economically significant but also contributes to unwanted gaseous emissions like ammonia, odour, and methane. These emissions affect climate change and biodiversity, but they also have a local effect on the air quality in and around the barn, affecting animal and human health.

As a PhD candidate in this line of research, the candidate will contribute to the reduction of gaseous emissions in the pig sector by improving knowledge regarding the origin of emissions, their impact on animal health, and potential innovations to reduce these emissions. He or she will have the opportunity to specify his/her research objectives within this broad research area, depending on his/her background and research interests.

Tasks

The candidate for the PhD Position on Pig Nutrition and Emission of Methane, Odour, and Ammonia is expected to:

  • Study scientific literature to further develop research goals and hypotheses;
  • collaborate with technical experts to develop monitoring systems for air quality;
  • design and manage experiments to study effects of nutritional interventions;
  • collect and analyse research data;
  • present work in project meetings and (scientific) conferences;
  • write scientific publications and a PhD thesis.

Duration: 4 Years

Salary

  • The gross salary for the first year is €2.770 per month, rising to €3.539 in the fourth year.
  • Partially paid parental leave;
  • working hours that can be discussed and arranged so that they allow for the best possible work-life balance;
  • the option to accrue additional compensation/holiday hours by working more, up to 40 hours per week;
  • a fixed December bonus of 8.3%;
  • excellent pension scheme.
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Job Requirements

Applicants for the PhD Position on Pig Nutrition and Emission of Methane, Odour, and Ammonia must meet the following criteria:

  • Successfully completed MSc degree in Animal Sciences, Biosystems Engineering or equivalent;
  • good communication and organizational skills;
  • basic knowledge of statistical analysis;
  • experience in performing a scientific study.

Application Process

To apply for the PhD Position on Pig Nutrition and Emission of Methane, Odour, and Ammoniaclick here.

Deadline: April 01, 2024.

For more information on the position of pig nutrition and the emission of methane, odour, and ammonia, visit the official site.

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