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PhD Fellowship in Prevention of Gastric Ulcers in Weaned Pigs

Department of Veterinary and Animal Sciences (IVH), Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences at University of Copenhagen is offering a PhD Fellowship in prevention of gastric ulcers in weaned pigs to commence on 1 August 2017 or as soon as possible thereafter. The position is limited to three years.

Information about the Department can be found at:

In resent years veterinarians, pig advisers and pig producers in Denmark have observed an increase in the incidence of gastric ulcers in growing pigs. Gastric ulcers may occur soon after weaning. There is almost no scientific knowledge on prevention of gastric ulcers in weaners, or the possible effects on stomach health in the subsequent stages. Current knowledge on this subject relates primarily to finishers and sows. The general recommendation to abate gastric ulcers includes coarsely grinding the feed, which results in poor feed conversion rate and thereby negatively affects production costs. Further knowledge to be included in on-farm prevention strategies is needed to improve productivity, health and welfare of the growing pig.

Project description
The objective of this project is to identify distinctive features in the individual pig, which predisposes to gastric ulcers after weaning. Moreover, the objective is to determine if feeding strategy and animal behaviour is related to the risk for weaners to develop gastric ulcers.

Principal supervisor
Associate Professor Anni Øyan Pedersen

Specialised senior manager Lisbeth Shooter, SEGES Danish Pig Research Centre
Professor Jens Peter Nielsen

Required qualifications
  • Master degree in Animal Sciences, Veterinary Sciences or similar required
  • Basic laboratory skills required
  • Statistical analysis skills required
  • High motivation and basic scientific skills are essential
  • Good communication skills both oral and written, including English usage
  • Good collaborating skills are essential
  • Candidates with driving license will be preferred
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, aiming to improve the health of pigs
  • A scientific environment with highly dedicated colleagues from wide academic backgrounds
  • An international work atmosphere with a large proportion of non-Danish co-workers
  • A research environment that strives to make a scientific and applied difference in Veterinary and Animal Sciences
Key criteria for the assessment of candidates
  • The grade point average achieved in relevant University degrees
  • Professional qualifications relevant to the PhD programme
  • Previous publications (if any)
  • Relevant work experience
  • Other professional activities
  • Language skills, including English
  • Interested in pig production and health
The successful candidate is also required to be resourceful and to possess good interpersonal skills.

Formal requirements
The position is 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 student 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 Associate Professor Anni Øyan Pedersen, email For any administrative queries please contact Administrative 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 14 May 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.

Part of the International Alliance of Research Universities (IARU), and among Europe’s top-ranking universities, the University of Copenhagen promotes research and teaching of the highest international standard. Rich in tradition and modern in outlook, the University gives students and staff the opportunity to cultivate their talent in an ambitious and informal environment. An effective organisation – with good working conditions and a collaborative work culture – creates the ideal framework for a successful academic career.


Anni Øyan Pedersen


Application deadline: 14-05-2017
Employment type: Limited period
Employment start: 01-08-2017

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