Junior Scientific Staff (Research Position #3)

Coordinating and supervising all above broiler welfare & performance studies.

This senior researcher will coordinate the various studies on broiler welfare and performance, and will supervise 4 junior researchers in the project. He/she will be the first contact person for the junior researchers and will liaise with the principal investigators and project coordinators.


  • Postdoctoral Researcher will be employed by the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine of Ghent University.

  • We offer you a contract of indefinite duration for a maximum period of 22 months half-time or 11 months fulltime.

  • Working in a pleasant environment with a young and dynamic team of Ghent University in close collaboration with the Flanders Research Institute for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (ILVO).

  • Working in close collaboration with industrial partners.


  • Holds a thesis-based doctoral degree. Preferably a PhD in biological science, including animal science, veterinary science, zoology, bio-engineering or related disciplines.

  • Has a strong interest in poultry health and welfare with a drive to learn and adopt a variety of new techniques.

  • Has good IT (MS Word/MS Excel/Powerpoint/Outlook), numeracy and statistical skills.

  • Has (or are willing to obtain) a FELASA Category C certificate to work with laboratory animals.

  • Has a European driving license (category B).

  • Is ambitious, practically skillful, able to work in a team setting, and have strong analytical problem-solving skills (creative, critical, and open-minded).

  • Has excellent oral and written communication skills, and are proficient in English.

  • Is driven to explore research questions independently and in depth.

  • Has a strong publication record.

  • Is good at motivating and supervising junior researchers.


Apply online through the e-recruitment system (https://www.ugent.be/en/work) before the application deadline (January 28, 2022). We do not accept late applications or applications that are not submitted through the online system.

Your application must include the following documents:

  • In the field ‘CV’: your CV and an overview of your study results (merged into one pdf file).

  • In the field ‘Cover letter’: your application letter in pdf format.

  • In the field ‘Diploma’: a transcript of the required degree (if already in your possession). If you have a foreign diploma in a language other than our national languages (Dutch, French or German) or English, please add a translation in one of the mentioned languages.

  • In the field “other documents”: two references or reference contacts, an overview of your study results.

Note that the maximum file size for each field is 10 MB.

As Ghent University maintains an equal opportunities and diversity policy, everyone is encouraged to apply for this position.


For more information about this vacancy, please contact Prof. dr. Gunther Antonissen (gunther.antonissen@ugent.be). Important: do NOT send your application by email, but apply online.

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