The Department of Animal Sciences at Purdue University is seeking an Assistant tenure-track 9-month faculty position in Applied Ethology with emphasis on research (primary) and teaching (secondary). The successful applicant will establish a nationally and internationally recognized research program in Applied Ethology that is relevant to livestock and poultry. The successful applicant will be expected to teach courses related to their area of expertise and help fulfill the Department’s needs. Teaching expectations may include undergraduate courses in Animal Behavior and /or Ethics, and the opportunity to develop and teach additional courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Online instruction may be required with this position. The successful applicant will be expected to mentor graduate and undergraduate students, and participate in student club activities, and career advising.
A Ph.D. in animal sciences, biological sciences, applied ethology, or a related area is required, with interest, training or experience in livestock and/or poultry behavior. Demonstrated interest in, and capacity for teaching, and/or evidence of teaching competence is required.
A background check is required for employment in this position. Candidates should submit the following materials: 1) a cover letter (maximum of two pages); 2) a statement of diversity and inclusion (see below); 3) a detailed curriculum vitae; 4) a one-page research statement detailing research goals and objectives; 5) a one-page statement of teaching philosophy; and 6) the names of three individuals who can provide letters of reference.
Purdue University’s Department of Animal Sciences is committed to advancing diversity in all areas of faculty effort, including discovery, instruction, and engagement. Candidates should address at least one of these areas in their cover letter, indicating their experiences, current interests or activities, and/or future goals to promote a climate that values diversity and inclusion. Purdue is an ADVANCE institution – https://www.purdue.edu/advance-purdue/
Purdue University, the College of Agriculture, and the Department of Animal Sciences are committed to free and open inquiry in all matters. Candidates are encouraged to address in their cover letter how they are prepared to contribute to a climate that values free inquiry and academic freedom.
These materials should be sent electronically (as a single PDF file) to https://careers.purdue.edu/job-invite/22919/. Review of applications will begin February 1, 2023, and continue until the position is filled. For additional information, please contact Dr. Greg Fraley ().
Purdue University is an EOE/AA employer. All individuals, including minorities, women, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply.
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.”