Postdoc on "Influence of embryonic and pre-juvenile experience on the development of the musculoskeletal system and navigational ability in pullets and laying hens"
Campbell Centre for the Study of Animal Welfare, University of Guelph
We are currently looking for ambitious and motivated candidates (1x postdoc, 1x PhD student, 2x MSc by thesis student) for a new research project testing for effects of early ontogeny in chickens upon their later phenotype and locomotor capacity.
In particular, the objectives of the project are:
- To advance our understanding of prenatal conditions, training and learning on musculoskeletal health and navigational ability in pullets and laying hens.
- To identify practices for incubation, housing and management of different strains of pullets to adapt to non-cage housing systems successfully.
This is a research collaboration between University of Guelph (Drs. Harlander, Widowski), McGill University (Dr. Willie), Utrecht University (Dr. van Staaveren), University of Montana (Dr. Tobalske), and George Fox University (Dr. Powers). The successful candidates will be based full-time at the University of Guelph for the duration of their appointment.