Post-doctoral position: Use of salivary oxytocin to explore positive welfare in pigs

Updated: 3 months ago
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 13 Feb 2024

16 Nov 2023
Job Information

ETH Zürich
Research Field

Agricultural sciences » Other
Biological sciences » Other
Medical sciences » Veterinary medicine
Researcher Profile

Recognised Researcher (R2)

Application Deadline

13 Feb 2024 - 22:59 (UTC)
Type of Contract

Job Status

Hours Per Week

Is the job funded through the EU Research Framework Programme?

Not funded by an EU programme
Is the Job related to staff position within a Research Infrastructure?


Offer Description

Post-doctoral position: Use of salivary oxytocin to explore positive welfare in pigs

ETH Zurich is one of the world’s leading universities specializing in science and technology. At the Institute of Agricultural Science, the Animal Physiology Group addresses complex regulation of physiology in livestock. Our basic research activities in animal welfare are based on a multi-disciplinary approach combining expertise in animal behaviour and physiology. They aim at finding ways to better assess and understand the needs of domestic and wild animals in order to improve their housing environment and management.

Project background

The project funded by the SNSF (Swiss National Science Foundation) aims at clarifying the role of salivary oxytocin as an indicator of positive emotional states in pigs and at exploring the possible role of social bonds on stress buffering using salivary oxytocin.

Job description

We will refine the kinetics of salivary oxytocin, characterise the extent to which salivary oxytocin reflects emotional states, and determine changes in salivary oxytocin during social buffering in relation to the presence of social bonds.

Your profile

We are looking for an early experienced, highly motivated young researcher with a strong enthusiasm to conduct cutting-edge research in the fields of animal behavior and physiology. Applicants have completed a PhD degree in animal sciences, biology, veterinary sciences, or a related field. Expertise in animal behaviour and laboratory techniques, analytical and statistical skills and previous experience in animal handling is required. Candidates have the ability to work independently in an interdisciplinary research environment. Very good knowledge of spoken and written English is essential.

We offer

We offer a very well-equipped facility at ETH Zurich in a working environment of a dynamic emerging research group. The successful candidate will have access to advanced laboratory equipment, opportunities for interdisciplinary collaboration, skill development and training. Publication activities and participations at international conferences are promoted. An anticipated start date for this position is the beginning of 2024.

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We look forward to receiving your online application including

  • a letter of motivation
  • a detailed CV 
  • copies of certificates

Please address your application to: ETH Zurich, Dr. Sébastien Goumon, CH-8092 Zurich. Please note that we exclusively accept applications submitted through our online application portal. Applications via email or postal services will not be considered. The position is open until filled.

For further information, please visit our group website . For further information about the position and the research opportunities at ETH Zurich please contact Dr. Sébastien Goumon at [email protected] (no applications).

About ETH Zürich
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science and technology. We are renowned for our excellent education,
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Research Field
Agricultural sciences
Years of Research Experience
4 - 10

Research Field
Biological sciences
Years of Research Experience
4 - 10

Research Field
Medical sciences
Years of Research Experience
4 - 10

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ETH Zürich
Postal Code
Rämistrasse 101

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