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Vacancies: 4 positions for broiler chicken welfare researchers

About the project

(market: smart agrifood)
The poultry industry wants to keep on growing, while at the same time keeping an eye on animal welfare and adhering to a changing regulation. This will require a further automatization of the welfare and behavior assessment of poultry while offering opportunities to steer behavior in real-time. To enable this, the WISH project plans to design innovative sensor technology and flock based analysis methods. This should lead to a new gold standard in poultry welfare monitoring.

A changing landscape for the poultry industry

The poultry industry in Flanders and beyond has highly efficient production systems. Still, the projected growth is likely to result in issues with the health and welfare of the poultry. This will cause productivity losses and economic pressure throughout the sector. In addition, the legislative framework is changing for both the farms and the companies developing feed additives and veterinary drugs. Last, there is a growing consumer pressure to raise poultry that adhere to high-quality standards.

The need for automated assessment

Assessing the behavior and welfare of poultry still requires a high measure of manual labor. This is not only costly and subjective, but also leads to late intervention and incorrect data interpretation.
In the WISH project, the project partners will design a modular system-based toolbox of sensors and interpretation possibilities. These can be geared towards laboratories or industrial poultry farms.

A toolbox of innovative sensing and analysis

For laboratories, the WISH researchers foresee a high-end, full spectrum of functionalities. These will help clinical research organizations, feed additives labs, and developers of veterinary drug and welfare-improving systems. For commercial farms, customized combinations of the toolbox modules will be developed.

The WISH toolbox will be based on novel sensor technologies and flock-based analysis methods. These will be designed to continuously monitor chickens, provide feedback, and allow dynamic behavior steering in real-time with led light recipes and/or multifunctional platforms. All this to improve the productivity of poultry farming and the welfare of the animals.

“The poultry industry is looking for solutions that increase the welfare of animals and that have a positive impact on the productivity, at an acceptable pricing. To address this demand, WISH aims to design a new golden standard of poultry welfare monitoring.”

More information

Phibro is looking for a Research Scientist


Phibro Animal Health Corporation is a publicly traded organization with a rich history spanning nearly 100 years of service. The Company is a global manufacturer of medicated feed additives, feed ingredients, advanced nutrition solutions and vaccines with more than 1,500 product presentations in over 75 countries to approximately 3,500 customers. Phibro’s revenues are in excess of $800 million, and are supported by over 1,600 employees worldwide.


The position is based at Phibro’s Corvallis Research Center (CRC) and reports to the CRC director.  The Research Scientist leads a robust, strategic, and coordinated research process with focus on effectively utilizing our human and economic resources to drive and sustain growth of our nutritional products. The Research Scientist works directly with the CRC team composed by a unit manager, scientists and technicians as well as coordinate and interact with key influencers across other departments and regions to understand the needs for research and address those as needed. The CRC supports the planning and execution of Business Development, Product Development, Collaborative Research and Market Support research projects. 

Position Responsibilities:

Planning and execution of Research Projects/Studies

  • Plan and execute ruminant research programs for nutritional specialty products that are on-time and on-target to key strategic growth initiatives
  • Translate expertise in rumen function, microbiome, nutrition and/or immunity to support new and existing nutritional specialty products
  • Cross-functional collaboration with research, technical, and marketing colleagues to ensure appropriate support for nutrition specialty products
  • Strengthen our innovation capability by actively seeking new ideas and approaches to help understand how nutritional specialty products can solve customer problems
  • Responsible for execution of trial protocols and summaries, including data summarization, presentation to stakeholders and preparation of publications for journals and scientific conferences as appropriate.
  • Responsible for working with the unit manager and laboratory and farm technicians to ensure proper trial execution, data integrity, and the safety of all personnel and animals

Qualifications, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Education of M.S. (i.e., Animal Nutrition, Physiology, Immunology, Biochemistry, Microbiology or related field). Education of Ph.D. is preferred.
  • Proven track record of delivering research outcomes applicable to the commercial livestock industry
  • A broad set of scientific, technical, and analytical skills for research planning and execution of in vivo, in vitro, and ex vivo models focused on rumen function, microbiome, nutrition and/or immunity with an emphasis on ruminant species.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead by influence, problem solve and help lead change
  • Strong working knowledge of computer software including Microsoft Office and additional scientific analysis software including Prizm GraphPad, SAS, R-studio or comparable scientific data applications.
  • Passion for teamwork, high sense of urgency, absolute integrity, and robust initiative.
  • Strong organizational skills with excellent communication skills (written and verbal)

More information can be found on Phibro's website.

Specialist in carbon balance evaluation of agropastoral systems

FAO has partnered with Cirad for the CaSSECS project and as a member of the Science Committee.

As part of this project, Cirad will be providing a specialist in evaluation of greenhouse gas emissions from pastoral and agropastoral systems to FAO's Animal Production and Genetics Branch (NSAG), for 2 years, in order to support FAO's contribution to the project.

This position is part of Cirad and FAO's joint efforts to improve data quality and provide a clearer picture of the impact that livestock farming has on the environment in pastoral areas.

For further information and to apply please see:

The Animal Production and Health Section of the Joint FAO/IAEA Centre of Nuclear Techniques in Food and Agriculture in Vienna, Austria has a vacancy for an Animal Health Technical Officer (P4).

For full job description and application, click here.


Tenured: Professor and Department Head


The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Texas A&M University, College Station invites applications for a tenured, Professor and Head that will serve as the chief administrative officer of the Department and as an advocate for Poultry Science and the allied disciplines that it represents with the academic appointment beginning Fall 2021. The Head reports to the Vice Chancellor and Dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Texas A&M University, College Station. The position provides leadership and support for numerous faculty initiatives that include: enhancing and expanding undergraduate and graduate education, increasing contributions to knowledge and science through extramurally funded research, fostering collegiality and interdisciplinary collaboration among faculty, conducting extension and outreach programs, securing additional resources, strengthening relationships with diverse stakeholder groups, and promoting communication of science-based findings to inform public policy and private decision makers.

For further information and application click here.


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