PhD postion

University of Zurich
January 24, 2023
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University of Zurich, Vetsuisse Faculty, Section of Veterinary Epidemiology

PhD postion

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For the SNF project “Linking human and animal welfare – refining rodent euthanasia” we offer a PhD position for three years. This project is part of the NRP 79 “Advancing 3R”. The aim of this project is a) to improve the welfare of rodents during euthanasia by gaining knowledge about the relationship between animal-related indicators and human attitudes, and b) to develop and implement appropriate intervention strategies to improve the welfare of both laboratory animals and laboratory personnel. The project is led by PD Sonja Hartnack (UZH) in collaboration with Dr. Petra Seebeck (UZH), Dr. Philippe Bugnon (UZH) and Prof. Irina Guseva-Canu (Unisanté Lausanne).

Your responsibilities

• Manage project activities related to a longitudinal intervention study to circumvent moral distress, a perception bias study and a rodent welfare study • Participate in UZH PhD program in Epidemiology and Biostatistics

Your profile

• Interest in working both quantitatively and qualitatively • Interest in health of laboratory animals and humans • A degree in either (i) veterinary medicine, (ii) psychology or (iii) biology • Eligible for a PhD program in Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the Life Science Zurich Graduate School • Experience with R is an asset • Fluent in English, German is an advantage • Strong planning and organisational skills • Excellent oral and written communication and effective interprofessional skills • Self-motivated and comfortable taking initiative

Please submit your electronic application including a cover letter, curriculum vitae, publication record and certificates to Sonja Hartnack . In your cover letter, describe your motivation for completing a PhD and any previous relevant experience you have.

What we offer

• The possibility to make a real and tangible impact in rodent and human welfare • Working in an interdisciplinary team (veterinary & human medicine, nursing, and ethics) • A stimulating research environment and a place to grow academically and professionally • Opportunities to gain teaching experience and strong support for your career development • An attractive work environment both within the research group and beyond: The University of Zurich is one of Switzerland's leading universities in the middle of a vibrant, cosmopolitan city • The PhD program in in Epidemiology and Biostatistics offers an interesting curriculum providing skills in Epidemiology and Biostatistics. A variety of additional courses e.g. on academic writing, presentation or transferable skills are available

Place of work

Section of Veterinary Epidemiology, Vetsuisse Faculty, Winterthurerstr. 270, 8057 Zurich

Start of employment

March 2023 or by agreement

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