Applicants are sought for a PhD candidate as part of a funded four-year research program based on observations of distinct movement and location patterns of individual hens in large groups https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-018-29962-x. The project will consider a variety of developmental factors including early life stressors that lead to the described patterns as well as their relationship with the epigenome and social stability within and across animals.

The candidate will be involved in all aspects of the project including: experimental design, project coordination, data analysis, and presentations at conferences and peer-reviewed journal articles. The project will be based at the Center for Proper Housing of Poultry and Rabbits within the Division of Animal Welfare at the University of Bern http://www.tierschutz.vetsuisse.unibe.ch/content/index_eng.html with collaborators from Sweden and the United Kingdom. The salary will be based on regulations of the Swiss National Science Foundation which also funded the project.

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Department of Animal Nutrition and Management

The Department offers an inspiring research environment where we carry out basic and applied research on chemical nutrient composition, animal metabolism, housing and management. The goal is to create a sustainable and profitable production with good animal care that provides high quality food. The Department works with farm species as well as sport and pet animals. The research is often interdisciplinary and carried out in co-operation with other Departments, both in Sweden and abroad. Research in sustainable livestock systems in the tropics is also an important part of the activities at the Department. Within the poultry research area, our goal is to develop knowledge in the area of nutrition, housing and management of meat-type chickens and laying hens.

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BKF University of Applied Sciences, Budapest entered into a strategic cooperation agreement with a Serbian higher education institution, University Business Academy (UBA). BKF’s Knowledge Centre, founded at the end of May, is the cornerstone of the long-term cooperation between the two institutions.

This international agreement covers the exchange of teaching staff and there are plans to launch joint programs in Serbia in English, Serbian and Hungarian.

The Knowledge Centre in Novi Sad is housed in the buildings of FIMEK (Faculty of Economics and Engineering) which will potentially function as a campus and/or a research centre in the future.

UBA is the first accredited private university in Vojvodina. Similarly to BKF, the core values of their teaching practices are education which is modern and reflects market demands, and also international approach.

The signing ceremony of the agreement was attended by CEO Pál István Kiss and General Vice-Rector Árpád Papp-Váry on behalf of BKF, while Owner Marko Caric and Vice Dean Dragan Ilic on behalf of UBA and FIMEK.

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