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Two PhD Fellowships in Methods for Reduced Antibiotic Use in Pig Herds

Department of Veterinary and Animal Sciences
Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences
University of Copenhagen
Department of Veterinary and Animal Sciences (IVH), Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences at University of Copenhagen is offering two PhD Fellowships in Methods for Reduced Antibiotic Use in Pig Herds to commence on 1 February 2018 or as soon as possible thereafter. The positions is limited to three years.  
Information about the Department can be found at  
Antibiotic consumption in pig herds is considered a cause of antibiotic resistance in human pathogens. Therefore, authorities and the pig industry have developed initiatives such as the Yellow Card Initiative in order to reduce the consumption of antibiotics. In addition, a market for pork from pigs raised without antibiotics has emerged. The present project will focus on creating the knowledge basis for a pig production with highly reduced antibiotic consumption.  
Project description  
The project will include research on methods to raise pigs without antibiotics. This will include studies of methods for election of robust pigs at birth, handling of enteric diseases without antibiotics, use of autogenous vaccines, probiotics, management and feed interventions, etc. For those pigs that have to be treated, it will be investigated whether treatment dose, period and strategy can be changed in order to achieve a reduced antibiotic use in pig herds.  
Principal supervisor  
Jens Peter Nielsen/Charlotte Amdi Williams  
To be appointed later  
Required qualifications  
  • MSc in Animal Science or Veterinary Medicine  
  • Driving License  
  • Interest for pig health and production  
  • High motivation and basic scientific skills
  • Good communication skills both oral and written, including English usage  
  • Good collaborating skills
General Job description  
Your key tasks as a PhD fellow at Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences (SUND) are to:  
  • Manage, carry through and conclude your research projects, from experiments to analyses of samples  
  • Actively participate in PhD courses  
  • Write scientific articles and finalise your PhD thesis  
  • Participate in international congresses  
  • Conduct a research stay at an institution abroad  
  • Teach and disseminate your research 
We offer  
  • A highly important research topic
  • A scientific environment with highly dedicated colleagues
  • An open and including work atmosphere in strong cooperation with other stakeholders and research groups  
  • A research environment that strives to create the knowledge base for future pig production  
Key criteria for the assessment of candidates  
The grade point average achieved in relevant University degrees  
  • Personal motivation and dedication
  • Professional qualifications relevant to the PhD programme  
  • Previous publications (if any)  
  • Relevant work experience  
  • Other professional activities  
  • Language skills, including English 
The successful candidate is also required to be resourceful and to possess good interpersonal skills.  
Formal requirements  
The positions are available for a 3-year period for applicants holding a relevant master´s degree. The successful candidate will be requested to formally apply for enrolment as a PhD Fellow at the Graduate School of Health and Medical Sciences. Employment as a PhD Fellow will be conditional on successful enrolment in the PhD programme according to the rules stipulated in “Bekendtgørelse nr. 18 af 14. januar 2008 om ph.d.-graden.“  
Terms of employment  
Salary and other terms and conditions of appointment are set in accordance with the Agreement between the Ministry of Finance and AC (Danish Confederation of Professional Associations) or other relevant professional organisations. Depending on seniority, the monthly salary begins around DKK 25.759 (ca. 3.434 EUR) plus pension. The position is covered by the Job Structure for Academic Staff at Universities (2013).  
For further information about the position, please contact Professor Jens Peter Nielsen, email For any administrative queries please contact HR Officer Marie-Louise Rosenlund, email
Foreign applicants may find the following links useful: (International Staff Mobility) and
General information about PhD programmes at the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences is available on the Graduate School’s website:  
Application procedure
The application must be submitted in English, by clicking on “Apply online” below and must include the following:  
  • Cover letter detailing your motivation and background for applying for the specific PhD project  
  • CV  
  • Diploma and detailed transcripts of records  
  • Other information for consideration, e.g. list of publications (if any), peer reviewed and other  
  • Personal recommendations (if any)  
  • A maximum of 3 relevant scientific works which the applicant wishes to be included in the assessment (if any)  
The deadline for applications is 31 December 2017. Any applications received after this time or incomplete will not be considered.  
Receipts of the applications will be acknowledged, and the applicant will be kept continuously informed of the progress of the application.  
The further process  
Shortlist: After the expiry of the deadline for applications, the authorised recruitment manager selects applicants for assessment on the advice of the Appointment Committee. All applicants are then immediately notified whether their application has been passed for assessment by an expert assessment committee. Selected applicants are notified of the composition of the committee and each applicant has the opportunity to comment on the part of the assessment that relates to the applicant him/herself. You can read about the recruitment process at  
Assessment: The selected applications will be assessed according to the Ministerial Order no. 242 of 13 March 2012 on the Appointment of Academic Staff at Universities and the University of Copenhagen’s guidelines 2013. The Assessment Committee makes a non-prioritised assessment of the academic qualifications and experience with respect to the mentioned area of research, techniques, skills and other requirements listed in the advertisement.  
Please note that the applicant will be contacted if the assessment committee requires further documentation.
The University of Copenhagen wishes to reflect the diversity of society and welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background.  

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Jens Peter Nielsen


Application deadline: 31-12-2017
Employment start: 01-02-2018
Working hours: Full time
Department/Location: Institut for Veterinær- og Husdyrvidenskab

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