PhD scholarship within equine nutrition

Norwegian University of Life Sciences
September 22 2017
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type

The Department of Animal and Aquacultural Sciences, Faculty of Biosciences at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU) has a vacant 3 year PhD-position related to equine nutrition.

The Department of Animal and Aquacultural Sciences represents the sciences for the future within the animal husbandry fields of breeding, nutrition and ethology. Within these fields, our expertise encompasses areas such as feed technology and metabolism, quantitative and molecular genetics, and the quality of products made from eggs, milk, and meat.

The main objective of the Faculty of Biosciences is to contribute to the development of sustainable agriculture and food production systems through basic and applied research in plants, animals and fish (aquaculture). For the time being, the research groups are organized in the following teams: Systems Genetics and Bioinformatics, Breeding and Quantitative Genetics, Nutrition, Ethology and Animal Welfare, Agroecology, Genetics and Plant Breeding, Food Crops, Plant Biology and Biotechnology, and Plant Protection.

The faculty has a Centre for Research-based Innovation (SFI) - Foods of Norway. The faculty is responsible for bachelor- and master programs in Biology, Animal Science and Plant Science, and international master programs in Agroecology, Plant Science, Aquaculture, Animal Breeding Genetics and Feed Manufacturing Technology.  The faculty is responsible for Ph.D. programs in Animal Science and Aquaculture, and Plant Sciences.  The faculty has 480 bachelor and master students, and 90 Ph.D. students.

The faculty has approximately 220 employees including permanent and temporary scientific staff including technicians, and 18 administrative positions.

Research project

This scholarship-project concerns fundamental and applied aspects of processing feedstuffs and the effects on digestion and fermentation of nutrients in the gastro intestinal tract of horses. The main goal of the project is to improve the basic understanding of nutrient metabolism in horses and to apply this to feed processing technology. The Department of Animal and Aquacultural Sciences has unique research facilities for studying nutrient metabolism in horses and the Ph.D. scholarship is attached to the Ruminant Nutrition and Physiology group at the department. The scholarship is funded by NMBU and the project is funded by the feed industry (Felleskjøpet Fôrutvikling).

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