PhD position, Austria (deadline October 1)

 7th Sep 2021

PhD student in Parrot Welfare 

Institute of Animal Welfare Science, The University of Veterinary Medicine
Vienna, Austria


Parrots are a popular companion animal. Nevertheless, there is little scientific knowledge on the welfare of parrots kept as companion animals in terms of their housing and husbandry, owner knowledge of the needs of those animals, and the type of welfare challenges that those parrots face throughout their life. This PhD project aims to review the welfare challenges for parrots kept in captivity, and subsequently develop a welfare assessment tool for parrot caretakers.

The candidate should be motivated, independent and reliable. The candidate will be involved in conducting a systematic literature review, a survey to the parrot community (e.g. experts, vets, owners and caretakers), and possibly some experimental work in order to identify and assess a set of parrot welfare indicators. Support from colleagues will help the candidate to learn or develop some of the multi-disciplinary skills contained within the project. The candidate is not expected to have prior knowledge in parrot keeping or animal welfare assessment. Nevertheless, a strong knowledge in animal behaviour is a must.

The proposed starting date is November 1st 2021 but a different starting date is negotiable. The work will be conducted in English. Possible current restrictions due to covid should not inhibit you to apply. Please submit a letter addressing the selection criteria below (necessary knowledge and qualifications, desired skills and abilities) in a few pages, a full CV, a list of two reference names, and a letter of motivation describing your research interests, experience and career goals.

Contact: For inquiries, please contact Dr. Jean-Loup Rault (



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