About the Project
The studentship will address the sustainability of pig production by assessing the impacts of breeding for increased litter size to increase productivity, on the physical and mental well-being of the developing pig. It will provide important new information on the impacts of larger litter sizes on pig welfare and productivity to inform both future policy and practice. Applying an interdisciplinary mix of bioscience skills will assess the impacts of larger litters on neuroinflammation, neurodevelopment and behavioural phenotypes in the pig. This interdisciplinarity will be achieved by the cross-institutional partnership between Roslin (University of Edinburgh) and SRUC. SRUC is renowned for its work on sow and piglet behaviour and welfare whilst Roslin is a world leader in bioscience applied to large animals. In addition, the project will benefit from wider collaborations with industry and other academic partners.
This studentship will provide an excellent training in behavioural neuroscience applied to a large animal. The work will require training in laboratory skills relating to assessment of neuroinflammation, neuro- and behavioural development in the young pig. The supervisory team offers a wide range of expertise including laboratory and on-farm experience and we emphasise a 3Rs approach in our research. The student will be trained in non-invasive techniques, participate in refining data collection and will have opportunities to work in high-welfare systems for pigs. The area of work has both considerable scientific novelty but is also practically relevant and the student will be trained in how best to communicate outcomes to different audiences. Our industry and academic networks will offer many opportunities for knowledge transfer and exchange including access to relevant on-campus and online resources.
Funding information and application procedures:
This 4 year PhD project is part of a competition funded by EASTBIO BBSRC Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) http://www.eastscotbiodtp.ac.uk/how-apply-0 .
EASTBIO Application and Reference Forms can be downloaded via http://www.eastscotbiodtp.ac.uk/how-apply-0
Please send your completed EASTBIO Application Form along with a copy of your academic transcripts to RDSVS.PGR.Admin@ed.ac.uk
You should also ensure that two references have been send to RDSVS.PGR.Admin@ed.ac.uk by the deadline using the EASTBIO Reference Form.
Please refer to UKRI (View Website ing-people-and-skills/find-studentships-and-doctoral-training/get-a-studentship-to-fund-your-doctorate/) and Annex B of the UKRI Training Grant Terms and Conditions for full eligibility criteria (View Website).
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