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19-23 October 2014
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10th Asian Pacific Poultry Conference

PhD position in poultry genetics and genomics, University of Delaware, USA

From: Abasht, Behnam [mailto:abasht@udel.edu]

A PhD position in poultry genetics and genomics is available (Fall 2015) in the Department of Animal and Food Sciences at the University of Delaware.

The primary goal for this position is to work on a next-generation sequencing project on poultry genetics and genomics. The project will primarily be focused on using the whole-genome sequence data (i) to discover and characterize polymorphisms within and among purebred populations and (ii) to characterize genomic landscape and relatedness of purebred populations.

We are looking for a self-motivated and enthusiastic person who possesses good interpersonal skills and willing to work in close collaboration with others. The individual is expected to interact with our industry partner and have determination to gain insight and publish papers in leading, international scientific journals.

The Research Assistantship includes a competitive stipend, as well as covering 100% of tuition, and funds for presenting the research results at regional, national and international scientific meetings. The student will also have opportunities to perform internships or on-site research with our industry partner in the U.S. Candidates from different fields of biology are encouraged to apply; however, those with background in animal breeding and genetics with experience in analyzing large datasets are preferred. In your application, please include a letter of interest; a curriculum vita as well as the names and contact details of 3 references; GRE and TOEFL or ILTS (if foreign students whose primary language is not English) scores. The application materials should be sent to Dr. Behnam Abasht (abasht@UDel.edu) no later than November 15, 2014.

The University of Delaware is an equal opportunity employer, which encourages applications from minority group members and women.

Geneticist Assistant (fulltime 40 hours)

Cobb-Vantress, Inc. is a poultry research and development company engaged in the production improvement and sale of broiler breeding stock. Cobb is the world’s oldest pedigree broiler breeding company. Since 1916 Cobb has grown into one of the world’s leading suppliers of broiler breeding stock with distribution in 100 countries. The headquarter of Cobb-Vantress Inc. is based in the USA, European Headquarters in the UK.
For our location in Boxmeer, The Netherlands, we are looking for:

Geneticist Assistant

The Assistant Geneticist will be part of the Cobb R&D department. They will be responsible for defining animal trial protocols, assisting in the execution of those trials as well as quantitative analysis of trial data and report preparation and presentation. The candidate will work with different Trial Farm Team Members including farm managers and other farm staff.  This role will involve some travel, up to 20% of the time.

Fore more information click here.

HSA Animal Welfare Research Training (PhD) Scholarship 2015

The Humane Slaughter Association (HSA) is recognised internationally for promoting scientific advances towards improving the welfare of food animals worldwide (e.g. mammals, birds, fish, etc) during their transport, marketing, slaughter or killing for welfare reasons and disease control. 

As part of its endeavours to encourage high quality science that is likely to lead to substantial advances in animal welfare in these areas, the HSA is seeking applications for a promising veterinary or science graduate to undertake a 3-year program of research leading to a degree at doctorate level.  The award will be for a maximum of £110,000.

The HSA wishes to encourage research in the areas listed below but also welcomes other projects aimed at improving the well-being of animals that are farmed for food, during their transport, marketing, slaughter or killing for disease control and other welfare reasons.

  • development of improved or novel methods of stunning animals
  • refinements in electrical stunning of turkeys, ducks and geese
  • improvements in fasting, handling, transport and slaughter procedures for fish
  • refinement of existing, or development of novel, methods of assessing states of consciousness,
  • enabling correlations of neurological activity with animal behaviour and physiology
  • refinements to electrical stunning methods, to improve both animal welfare and meat quality

Applications are invited from students registered at universities and establishments in the UK.  Applications are also invited from students registered at universities outside the UK, if the university has a UFAW/HSA University ‘LINK’ person.  (To see if a university has a LINK person, or to enquire about becoming a LINK person for your university, view: www.ufaw.org.uk/links-news-events.php)

Application for this Scholarship is a two-stage process. Initially, the main supervisor is required to submit a Concept Note to the HSA by 19 November 2014. So, prospective students who are interested in applying for this HSA Scholarship need to, under their own initiative, identify and liaise with potential supervisors at universities or colleges as soon as possible to ensure they and their supervisor submit a Concept Note by 19 November 2014.  Further information and a Concept Note application form are available at: www.hsa.org.uk or from: info@hsa.org.uk.

New website FAO-INFPD

Please be kindly informed that the FAO-INFPD website has been updated and renewed. It is now available in the three official languages of INFPD, English/French/Spanish, under:


The old site, www.fao.org/ag/againfo/themes/en/infpd/home.html, will be taken offline but all relevant information will be available through the new website.

With our warm regards,
E. Fallou Guèye, Ph.D.
INFPD Coordinator

Family Poultry Development
Release of new educational videos

A series of 13 new educational videos for family poultry development have been prepared by FAO based on the training of Associate Poultry Experts that was part of the IFAD-funded project “Smallholder Poultry Development Programme”. The videos are prepared for self study of technical staffs and for use in training sessions. They highlight the general role and situation of family poultry and their contribution to food security, income generation and gender equality; give information about family poultry nutrition and feeding in the different production systems; address topics of poultry health and disease control; and give information about the importance of assessing the economic aspects in family poultry development. They can be accessed at:


WPC 2012 - Proceedings CD

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New INFPD website

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