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PhD on how to depict IUGR piglets
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Date de publication07.12.2020
Numéro de référence6'121'659
Domaine d'activité
Recherche/ Développement
Lieu de travail***CH Suisse/ Schweiz/ Switzerland***, 1725 Posieux FR
Expérience professionnelle réquiseoui
Expérience professionnelleJunior Professional (1 à 3 ans d'experience)
Diplôme universitaireMaster
Brève descriptionAgroscope is an innovative research institute for agriculture and nutrition run according to the principles of New Public Management. It is part of the federal administration, and is attached to the Federal
Department of Economic Affairs, Education and Research EAER.
The Swine Research Unit at Agroscope Posieux carries out research on pig nutrition and pig physiology.
A major focus of our research is on piglet development.
We offer a varied job in a dynamic work environment, as well as thorough training and a modern research infrastructure. Flexible working hours and good social benefits are among the perks of this position.
Description complèteAgroscope Job Advertisement:

Good food, healthy environment
The selection for hyperprolific sows led to an inadequacy between the number of fetus and the uterine
capacity. This phenomenon results in impaired placental development and therefore impaired development of some fetuses. The so-called Intra Uterine Growth Retarded (IUGR) piglets display greater early
postnatal mortality and morbidity risks, impaired postnatal growth, impaired carcass and meat quality
traits. From an animal welfare as well as from a production efficiency point of view IUGR piglets are
The objective of this PhD thesis is to develop objective measures to identify IUGR piglets using image
analysis as well as metabolome and microbiomes approaches. This PhD project is a collaboration between Agroscope and the Department of Agricultural and Food Science (DISTAL) of the University of
Bologna in Italy.
The MonoGutHealth project will provide an interdisciplinary, intersectoral and international training experience for you as an early stage researcher (ESR). Together with 10 other ESRs, you will be involved in
projects exploring novel strategies employing nutritional and/or bioactive ingredients that positively influence perinatal development in monogastrics through optimal microbial colonisation of the gut. Ultimately, the MonoGutHealth project aims to promote optimal growth of pigs and chickens and at the
same time make them more resilient to environmental and health challenges, reduce the number of
medicinal interventions and improve animal welfare.

• Determine phenotypic traits of new born piglets
• Build a model that uses both phenotypical
traits and 3D / medical images to determine
the "true" IUGR piglets
• Depict IUGR piglets specific characteristics
using metabolome and microbiomes approaches

Your profile
• International ESR with a master degree in veterinary medicine, animal or nutritional sciences
or biology
• Basic knowledge in statistical analysis with R
and gastrointestinal physiology is essential,
and first-hand lab experience would be a plus
• Candidates who have previous experience
with pig experimental work are desired
• Applicants must show their ability to understand and express themselves in both written
and spoken English sufficient to derive the full
benefit from the network training
• There are strict eligibility requirements for the
ESR PhD positions in MSCA-ITN. Please ensure
that you qualify before applying, as ineligible
candidates cannot be considered. (refer to

If this position interests you and you fulfil the profile of requirements, we look forward to receiving
your online application including contact information of 2-3 referees here: human.resources@agroscope.admin.ch (Ref.nr. 43870).
The application should include the following points:
• your complete CV,
• motivation letter*,
• copies of University Bachelors/Masters certificates or equivalent and
• contact details of two referees, who can provide a letter of recommendation.
• Include a General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) statement**.
* Points to be included in the motivation letter (maximum 600 words)
• Describe what about the advertised position particularly interests you, why you want to apply for it
and why you should be considered for the ESR position.
• Indicate why you want to pursue a PhD project and not take a job in industry.
• Explain why you think it is important to improve animal welfare and efficiency in livestock production.
• Describe your experience in working with experimental animals, if any, and why animal experiments
need to be performed.
** You consent that your personal data will be processed by the MonoGutHealth project consortium
for considering your application for the ESR position. Additional information can be obtained from Dr.
Catherine Ollagnier (catherine.ollagnier@agroscope.admin.ch) or Dr. Giuseppe Bee by mail
(giuseppe.bee@agroscope.admin.ch) (please do not send applications to these
email addresses). Start: 1st of February 2021 or by arrangement. Duration of employment: 3 years.
Place of work: 1725 Posieux FR
Pay grade: According to standards of the Grant Agreement MonoGutHealth
Level of employment: 100%
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