PhD Study: Embryonic Development

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The position

We are seeking two highly motivated PhD students that are interested in incubation and embryonic development of chickens. The PhD students will have a fulltime employment at the commercial hatchery manufacturer HatchTech B.V in Veenendaal, the Netherlands.

After a period of approximately 1 to 3 months, in which the PhD students will be introduced to the company research and business, they will develop their own PhD project in the field of incubation of eggs in collaboration with the Adaptation Physiology Group of Wageningen University.

The projects aim to develop strategies that optimize embryonic development of chickens, resulting in optimal chicken quality at the moment of hatching and in later life. It has been demonstrated that embryonic development, both before and during incubation can be affected in different ways and this can result in long term effects, even in later life. During the PhD projects, we want to investigate how different factors, at different stages of embryonic development play a role on embryo and chicken development and quality.

We are looking for…

Two enthusiastic candidates with a Master's degree in Animal Sciences, Biology, Veterinary Science or a comparable scientific background. Both candidates should have a multidisciplinary interest in animal physiology and demonstrated skills to conduct research. We expect the candidates to be interested in both the fundamental and applied aspects of embryonic development of chickens. Both PhD students should have experience with animal experiments (article 9 certificate) and laboratory work.

The candidates should be creative, independent, flexible and have innovative ideas. They should enjoy working both independently and as part of a multidisciplinary team, and have excellent organisational (time management) and communication skills (spoken and written English, networking with academic scientists of various disciplines). At least working knowledge of Dutch is a pre.

We offer…

The PhD students will be fulltime employed at HatchTech B.V.. During the period in which the PhD project will be executed they will work for three days a week at the location of Adaptation Physiology Group of Wageningen University. The other two days a week they will work on other R&D work within HatchTech and will have their office at HatchTech in Veenendaal. Examples of the HatchTech-work:

  • Collecting and categorizing data for internal use
  • Making proposals for developing new products
  • Give presentations on results of HatchTech's solutions 
  • Research on new solutions and give feedback about the conclusions

Both at HatchTech and the Adaptation Physiology Group you will work in a team together with technicians and scientists. The PhD students will be member of the Graduate School Wageningen Institute of Animal Sciences.

Contact info

The project is a collaboration between HatchTech B.V. and the Adaptation Physiology Group of Wageningen University. Additional information about the vacancies can be obtained from Carla van der Pol, MSc, cvdpol@hatchtech.nl, +31 611604372 or dr.ir. Henry van den Brand, henry.vandenbrand@wur.nl, +31 317481788.

Is this your next step?

You can apply online or by email. Please send your curriculum vitae, motivation letter and contact details of at least two references (phone number and email address) to jobs@hatchtech.nl, attn.: Wendy Leppers or click the button below.


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