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POST DOC ON ALTERNATIVE METHODS TO SAMPLE BLOOD IN PIGS (fully funded project)


   Swiss Agriculture Research

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About the Project

PROJECT DESCRIPTION OF PIGWEB

Research infrastructures play a key role in identifying levers that can be used to attain the goals of the Green 

Deal and the “Farm to Fork” strategy, to which PIGWEB can contribute by a “From Pig to Pork” approach.

The aims of PIGWEB are to strengthen the pig research community by providing and facilitating access to 

Research infrastructures, reinforce a culture of cooperation between the research community and industrial and 

societal stakeholders, and improve and integrate the services provided by the Research infrastructures. This will 

contribute to develop innovative and ethical solutions for sustainable pig production system. During the PigWeb 

project, graduate and post-graduate training opportunities will be offered to young researchers to ensure the 

succession of a new generation of highly-trained experts in the fields of pig production. 

POST DOC ON ALTERNATIVE METHODS TO SAMPLE BLOOD IN PIGS (PREFERRED START DATE: 01/03/2022;

DURATION: 2 YEARS, EMPLOYMENT LEVEL: 80%) 

Blood (plasma, serum) is by far the most widely used source to derive biomarkers for metabolic and health traits in 

pigs. The large veins (e.g., jugular or cephalic veins) that are usually punctured in large animal veterinary practices 

are not visible in pigs due to their thick skin. To date, blood sampling is commonly performed by venipuncture solely 

based on anatomical landmarks, and catheterisation can only be performed under general anaesthesia, which 

affects animal welfare and may affect the primary metabolic readouts. This Post doc will identify, test, and 

implement novel tools, proxies, and technologies to obtain and analyse blood samples in pigs. Strategies to be 

assessed will include; (1) testing sensors readily used in Human to monitor in real time metabolism parameters; (2) 

finger prick method and analyses in a drop of blood; and (3) Infra-red camera; and (4) blood suckling parasites to 

facilitate or replace venipuncture. 

This Post doc will take place at the Agroscope, Posieux (canton of Fribourg), Switzerland. You will join the research 

team of Dr. Giuseppe Bee, leading the SWINE RESEARCH UNIT at Agroscope. You will be supervised by Dr. Catherine 

Ollagnier and co-supervised by Dr Florence Gondret (INRAE, France) and by Dr Michael Oster (FBN, Germany). 

You will also undertake 5 months internships at INRAE (Rennes, France) and FBN (Dummerstorf, Germany), where 

you will perform animal experiment and laboratory analyses, respectively. 

THE FOLLOWING ELIGIBILITY RULES APPLY FOR PARTICIPATION IN H2020-INFRAIA-2018-2020 – PIGWEB

We are looking for an international Post doc with a specialization in veterinary medicine, animal sciences or biology. 

Basic knowledge in pig physiology is essential, and first-hand lab experience would be a plus. Candidates who 

have previous experience with pig experimental work are desired. Applicants must show their ability to understand 

and express themselves in both written and spoken English sufficient to derive the full benefit from the network 

training, French would be a plus. 

BENEFITS

By participating in the PigWeb consortium, you will obtain in-depth training in responsible experimental pig 

research, pig physiology and bioanalysis. In addition, you will widen your network by interacting with numerous 

PigWeb partners from 10 European countries. 

SELECTION PROCESS

You can apply for this position no later than 01.10.21. by sending the following information to the email address: 

[Email Address Removed], Ref.nr. 74002. 

• your complete CV, 

• motivation letter*, 

• copies of University PhD/Bachelors/Masters certificates or equivalent and 

• contact details of two referees, who can provide a letter of recommendation. 

• Include a General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) statement**. 

* Points to be included in the motivation letter (maximum 600 words) 

 Describe what about the advertised position particularly interests you, why you want to apply for it and why you 

should be considered for this position.  

 Indicate why you want to pursue a Post doc project and not take a job in industry. 

 Explain why you think it is important to improve animal welfare in livestock and animal experimentation. 

 Describe your experience in working with experimental animals. 

** You consent that your personal data will be processed by the PigWeb project consortium for considering your 

application for this position. 

For more information please contact Dr. Catherine Ollagnier ([Email Address Removed] and 

mention PigWeb in the title.


Funding Notes

European funded project, EU Horizon 2020, Project entitled: PigWeb

References

For more information please contact Dr. Catherine Ollagnier (catherine.ollagnier@agroscope.admin.ch) or Dr. Bee by mail (giuseppe.bee@agroscope.admin.ch) and mention MonoGutHealth in the title.