Job announcement
University of Münster, Department of Behavioural Biology

PhD student position - Behavioural Biology

Application deadline: 11.6.2017
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The Department of Behavioural Biology at the University of Münster, Germany, invites applications for a

PhD position
(part-time [0.65 fte], salary level TV-L E13)
in Behavioural Biology, focusing on welfare aspects of castration or sterilization

The position is funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) and limited to 3 years. Currently, the regular full employment time is 39 hours and 50 minutes per week. The starting date is as soon as possible.

Background and tasks
We are seeking a highly motivated PhD candidate with strong interest in behavioural biology, the interaction between hormones and behaviour as well as animal welfare. Using guinea pigs as model species, the aim of the PhD project is to analyse effects of castration and sterilization on behaviour, endocrine stress responses and welfare. Thus, in this project data will be generated enabling evidence-based decisions regarding the question of which treatment should be done – castration or sterilization. The PhD candidate will be involved in all steps of the scientific method, including the experimental design, project coordination, data collection and analyses, and delivery of results to the research community.

MSc (or equivalent) in biology is required. Furthermore, experience and interest in be-havioural biology and animal welfare science are advantageous. Very good knowledge of spoken and written English is mandatory. Finally, good organizational, writing and presentation skills as well as the ability to work both independently and in a team envi-ronment are advantageous.

Research environment
The Department of Behavioural Biology at the University of Münster offers a stimulating and interdisciplinary research environment. Current research projects deal with (1) stress, stress avoidance and animal welfare, (2) evolution and development of social behaviour, and (3) the role of gene/environment interactions in the control of emotional, cognitive, and social behaviour. The embedding in a graduate program is possible.

The University of Münster is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to increas-ing the proportion of women academics. Consequently, we actively encourage applications by women. Female candidates with equivalent qualifications and academic achievements will be preferentially considered within the framework of the legal possibilities.

Candidates with disabilities that have equivalent qualifications will be given preference.
Applications may be written in German or English and will include a cover letter, CV, list of publications (if any), degree certificates, and two names of referees, and should be submitted by 11 June 2017 by e-mail (all documents merged into one PDF file) to:

Prof. Dr. Sylvia Kaiser
Institut für Neuro- und Verhaltensbiologie
Abteilung für Verhaltensbiologie
Phone: +49-(0)251-8324676

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