Social relationships in pigs and their consequences for animal welfare


Paris, France

Job posting number: #7055531

Posted: January 31, 2019

Application Deadline: March 4, 2019

Job Description

Title: Social relationships in pigs and their consequences for animal welfare

Scientific discipline: Neurosciences and behavioral science

Contract: Permanent position / Full time

INRA (National Institute for Agricultural Research - France) carries out mission-oriented research for high-quality and healthy foods, competitive and sustainable agriculture and a preserved and valorised environment. INRA is recruiting Research Scientists (PhD or equivalent) through open competitions and offering permanent positions.

Key activities and required skills
The successful candidate will study inter-individual relationships in young reared pigs and will determine the underlying cognitive and emotional bases. He/She will explore the inter-individual variability and will search for the existence of typical profiles in the pig’s capacity to establish links with their fellows. The causes of this inter-individual variability must be studied, in particular the influence of early experiences, epigenetics and genetics. In the long term he/she will explore the possibility of improving the adaption of the animals to their rearing conditions using the mechanisms of emotional and behavioral contagion in the herd, imitation or social learning. In the course of their work he/she will identify the key factors that promote animal welfare.

Training required
PhD or equivalent. Specific skills in behavioral sciences/ethology would be desirable as well as a keen interest for animal husbandry and interactions with other research disciplines. The successful candidate must be creative, rigorous and with a good capacity for synthesis. He/she must have a good practical sense for animal experimentation design and show an interest for the setting up of automatic data collection methods and the use of study tool and behavioral analysis programs. Candidates should have a good command of English, and long-term international experience (> 6 months) would also be desirable. Successful candidates who have not yet acquired this experience abroad will be required to do so after their probationary period (1st year).

Localisation: Domaine de la Prise 35590 Saint Gilles - FRANCE (email:

Applications are available until to March 4, 2019.
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Job posting number:#7055531
Application Deadline:2019-3-4
Employer Location:INRA (National Institute for Agricultural Research - France)
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