Doctoral Studentship (PhD)

Investigating zoo visitor-animal interactive encounters


University Centre Hartpury, Gloucestershire


Application Closing Date: 27th August 2018


The aim of this studentship is to investigatethe characteristics of zoo visitor-animal interactions (VAI) during interactive encounters at the zoo. We aim to explore the impact of
these interactive encounters on both zoo visitors and animals, by comparing the consequences of VAI for our study species, which will be managed, with different levels of interaction (including interactive encounters). We will set out to measure animal behaviour, welfare, health and conservation potential; and human attitude, knowledge and empathy, as well as perceptions of welfare and conservation. In addition, where possible, we will directly measure the ‘delayed’ impact of zoo visitor-animal interaction on both animal and visitor i.e. after the interaction. For more information and for an initial discussion please contact


Description of studentship:
Hartpury is pleased to be offering three fully funded studentship to start on 1st October 2018. This studentship will be based in the Animal Welfare Research Arena at University Centre, Hartpury. This is a unique and exciting opportunity to become part of new Postgraduate Community in an idyllic rural setting, with world leading facilities undertaking impactful and cutting-edge practice-based and industry related research. University of the West of England is the awarding body for this degree. Studentships comprise tuition fees at home / EU rates and a stipend of GBP 13k per year tenable for 3 years. Alongside their research projects, successful candidates will be asked (as a condition of their stipend) to deliver up to 7 hours per week teaching or research support within the Department in which the PhD is hosted.


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Assistant Professor Animal Science

Companion Animal Biology and Management


Department of Animal Science

Michigan State University

East Lansing, MI 48824


The Department of Animal Science at Michigan State University is seeking applicants for a 9-month, tenure-track position at the Assistant Professor level (70% Teaching, 25% Research, 5% Service). The successful candidate filling this position will join a diverse group of over 45 faculty dedicated to scholarship through teaching, research, extension and public service, and who support an enthusiastic and dynamic population of over 500 undergraduate students engaged in a wide range of activities. The successful candidate will contribute to the teaching mission of the department by teaching or co-teaching approximately 2 courses per semester including leading an introductory undergraduate course in companion animal biology and management, and instructing and contributing to teaching of other animal science courses as appropriate, such as introductory animal science, behavior and welfare, anatomy and physiology, or nutrition. The successful candidate will conduct and publish research in the scholarship of teaching and learning in STEM disciplines with a focus on the animal sciences, including student learning outcomes and assessment, as well as participate in collaborative research in animal science. Establishment of a competitively funded program to support scholarly work is expected. The candidate will also engage in co-curricular activities including undergraduate research. Advising and mentoring of undergraduate and graduate students is expected, as well as service in the form of outreach and leadership activities within the university, greater community and profession.


For questions about the application process, please contact Robbyn Davenport, 517-884-7853,


For questions about the position, please contact, Dr. Karen L. Waite, 517-432-0383


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PhD or MS in Psychology of Human-Animal Interaction

Purdue University


Purdue University is seeking an excellent candidate to undertake a Masters or PhD in the psychology of human-animal interaction. The successful candidate will work with our interdisciplinary team to study the psychological and physiological outcomes of service dogs and facility dogs for their human recipients.


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Research post in Animal Ethics

University of Leicester


Job Title: Research Associate
Grade: 7
Salary: £32,958 to £38,183 per annum. Due to external funding restrictions an appointment can only be made to £36,001 per annum
Department: History, Politics and International Relations
Contract: Full time, fixed term contract for two years from 01 October 2017 to 30 September 2019 Job Reference: SAH00305

Role Purpose:

To act as an RA on a two year project, funded by the Leverhulme Trust, directed by Professor Robert Garner, on ‘The Oxford Group and the Emergence of Animal Rights: An Intellectual History (RE: RPG – 2017 – 206)


Principal Responsibilities:

  • To work with Professor Garner on the research and writing-up of a Leverhulme funded project.
  • Gaining familiarity with the intellectual history and animal ethics literature underpinning the project.
  • Arranging, conducting and transcribing face-to-face interviews with the former members of the Oxford Group in the UK, Canada and the United States.
  • Dissemination of the interviews, through liaising with the British Library’s National Life stories Unit and the University of Leicester’s Research Data Repository.
  • Assisting with the analysis of the interviews.
  • The creation and maintenance of a project research site using Plone to provide updates as the project proceeds, including organising the utilisation of Soundcloud to upload copies of the interview.
  • Co-authorship of journal articles and a research monograph.


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PhD in Human-Animal Studies

University of Canterbury

January 2018


This is the first such degree offered in the Southern Hemisphere, and one of only three or four throughout the world. Students undertaking the PhD in Human-Animal Studies (PhD HUAN) at UC will work with supervisors drawn from a pool of over a dozen academic staff working in many different areas, and will be part of the lively and inclusive research culture of the New Zealand Centre for Human-Animal Studies.


Areas for supervision include, but are not limited, to the following:


  • Associate Professor Philip Armstrong: animals in Aotearoa New Zealand and the Pacific; animals in literature; animals in history, especially the Renaissance and the Nineteenth Century; sheep in culture and history; whales and dolphins in culture and history; animals and environmental discourse.
  • Associate Professor Jane Buckingham: animals in South Asian History; elephants and elephantology.
  • Dr Douglas Campbell: animals, philosophy and environmentalism; extinction and de-extinction.
  • Nikki Evans: animals in the context of human services and social work; human-animal relationships in the aftermath of earthquakes; animal-assisted therapy; the link between animal abuse and human violence; animals and children.
  • Associate Professor Amy Fletcher: extinction and de-extinction; animals and public understandings of science and technology; animals and futurology; animals and environmental discourse.
  • Dr Rosie Ibbotson: animals in the visual arts; museology and display of human-animal relations; extinction and de-extinction.
  • Dr Piers Locke: multispecies ethnography; elephants and elephantology; interspecies care; animals and environmental discourse; humanism and post-humanism.
  • Dr Alison Loveridge: animal welfare and advocacy; animals in agriculture and food production; animals in New Zealand; animals and rural life; animals and children.
  • Dr Carolyn Mason: animals and ethics; bioethics.
  • Professor Henrietta Mondry: dogs in culture and history; animals in Russian culture and history; animals in Slavic cultures; companion species; animals in literature; de-extinction.
  • Dr Patrick O’Sullivan: animals in Ancient Greek culture and society; animals in classical literature and drama.
  • Associate Professor Annie Potts: animals in Aotearoa New Zealand and the Pacific; animals in art; human-animal relations and gender; representations of animals in horror and science fiction; chickens in culture and history; possums in culture and history; animals and emergencies; intersectionality.
  • Dr Michael-John Turp: animals and ethics; animals in Early Modern philosophy.


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Behavior Laboratory Scientist

St. Joseph, MO US



This position is responsible for performing the necessary work related to the Pet Behavior and Wellbeing research program under minimal supervision.



  • Conduct research aimed at improving our understanding of pet behavior, pet welfare and human-animal interactions.
  • Develop and implement testing methodologies to assess pet preference of litter products.
  • Develop and implement methods to study pet elimination behaviors.
  • Develop and implement innovative testing methodologies for assessing pet emotional wellbeing.
  • Investigate, develop and implement tools to collect and analyze pet behavior and physiological data.
  • In collaboration with other business departments, develop animal behavior-based products and services.
  • Function as a project team leader as assigned. Required activities include, but are not limited to:
  • Providing project leadership for the projects assigned.
  • Adherence to Company policy on protection of patent rights and intellectual property.
  • Ensuring all appropriate documents and project records are filed in the Central Project Files whether paper or electronic.
  • Prepare written reports/presentations for further review.
  • Support internal and external business communications about pet behavior and welfare.
  • Collaborate with internal and external groups with aligned research objectives.
  • Communicate internally and externally on project development and research findings.
  • Knowledge of, and compliance with, the Animal Welfare Act and all procedures and protocols in the Nestlé Purina PTC PetCare Manual.
  • Conduct all activity in compliance with Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP), Good Laboratory Practices (GLP) and all required Company policies and procedures.
  • Travel as necessary.


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Post Doctoral Fellowship, Human-Animal Studies and Urban Studies, Department of Community Health Sciences

University of Calgary


The Department of Community Health Sciences in the Cumming School of Medicine at the University of Calgary is accepting applications for the following Postdoctoral Fellow position. Preference will be given to candidates who are social scientists specializing in qualitative methodologies, or who demonstrate aptitude in applying social theory to veterinary medicine or public health.


Position Description:

The successful applicant will join an intensive program of research, training and knowledge mobilization in One Health promotion (see: See: Anthrozoology and Health Promotion Team; and Pets in the city: Living with animals in crowded urban centres). The learning environment is enriched by interdisciplinary collaborations and by funding from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) of Australia, Veterinarians without Borders, and the University of Calgary.

The successful applicant will contribute to designing and conducting participatory research, and to academic writing (grants as well as manuscripts). This position will involve both independent work and collaboration with colleagues in a range of organizations, including academic institutions, public health, health services, municipal governments, community services and animal welfare organizations. Whereas considerable latitude exists to tailor projects to the successful applicant’s strengths and interests, due to funding requirements, the successful applicant’s research must align to grants on urban governance and social justice vis–vis companion animals. Fieldwork will take place mainly in Calgary, which has an international reputation for leadership in policies on pets, partnerships and public participation. Assets for a competitive application would include familiarity with a wide range of literature, including: ethnography, health studies, human-animal studies, communication studies, participatory action research, policy studies, qualitative methodologies, science and technology studies (STS), and urban studies.


Details of the position:

  • This 2-year position will begin in 2017.
  • The remuneration is a stipend of $50,000/year, plus an extended health benefit plan. Limited funds towards other expenses may be negotiated, and the successful applicant will receive support in applying for additional awards.
  • As a full-time position for research training, the successful applicant will devote no more than 200 hours per year on activities other than research and knowledge exchange.
  • The scholar will become part of an active postdoctoral community at the University of Calgary.
  • Postdoctoral scholars have access to services of the Staff Wellness Centre and the Employee Family Assistance Program (EFAP) offered through the University of Calgary.


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PhD Student & Lab Coordinator Positions in HAI

Purdue University
Competitive positions are available for highly motivated and promising individuals seeking a PhD or Lab Coordinator position related to the PSYCHOLOGY OF HUMAN-ANIMAL INTERACTION with Dr. Maggie O’Haire. The successful applicant will be housed within the Center for the Human-Animal Bond at Purdue University. The research program will focus on the scientific evaluation of SERVICE DOGS for military veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder and their families.


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Lecturer in Human-Animal Studies

The University of Winchester


The Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences seeks to appoint an outstanding lecturer in human-animal studies with expertise in research methods within the Department of Politics and Society and the Centre for Animal Welfare. The post will enable the candidate to:

  • Teach at undergraduate and postgraduate levels in areas related to human-animal studies and research methods;
  • Develop an excellent profile of research activity, including publications, knowledge exchange, and grant capture, with appropriate mentoring and support.


Ideal candidates will be educated to PhD level with experience of undertaking high quality research in human-animal studies, and will have well-developed research plans to generate high-quality publications and be able to teach a range of subject areas within human-animal studies.


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Faculty Fellow

New York University, Arts and Science


NYU’s Animal Studies Initiative, an integral part of the Department of Environmental Studies, invites applications for the position of Faculty Fellow. The appointment will be for one year beginning September 1, 2017, renewable annually for a maximum of three years, pending administrative and budgetary approval. The successful applicant will contribute to the education of undergraduates minoring in Animal Studies, teaching three courses per year, and serving as the advisor to the minors. In addition, the successful candidate will help organize and actively participate in an initiative directed towards developing Animal Studies as a rigorous field of academic inquiry.


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PhD Position in Applied Ethology

Ghent University, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Laboratory for Ethology – Merelbeke, Belgium


Job Description

A doctoral fellowship is available for a highly motivated candidate to engage in a research project on epileptic seizure detection by dogs in humans. The starting date for this PhD position is the 15th of September 2016.


This research project aims to investigate to what extent canine behaviour, that is expressed prior to epileptic seizures in humans, both by trained and untrained dogs, has a predictive value and whether olfactory biomarkers, potentially involved in this behaviour, can be identified.


The candidate will be

  1. compiling an international seizure dog database,
  2. investigating alerting behaviour in dogs presumed to signal human epileptic seizures by collecting data via online seizure diaries and during video EEG sessions,
  3. coordinating patient recruitment and sample collections for scent discrimination trials and metabolomics work,
  4. setting up a behaviour experiment to investigate causality in human seizure alerting by dogs.

This project will require a candidate to stay abroad (UK and maybe other European countries) for several weeks at a time.


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James Watt PhD Studentship in Human Animal Interactions and Animal Assisted Interventions

Heriot Watt University, School of Life Sciences, Department of Psychology


Title: An exploration of the benefits of human-animal interactions



Dr Nicola McGuigan

Dr Dasha Grajfoner


The high level of pet ownership within the UK suggests that animals play an important role within society. Of recent interest is whether interactions with animals can go beyond companionship and enhance human health, well-being and functioning. This studentship will provide an in-depth dissection of which specific elements of human-animal contact enhance health, well-being and functioning in non-clinical populations at different points across the lifespan. An additional aim of the project is to determine whether any increases witnessed in the outcome measures following exposure to animals is also evident when individuals are exposed to inanimate alternatives (e.g., robotic pets). Establishing whether or not inanimate animals can enhance health and well-being would provide an invaluable addition to the evidence base, as inanimate animals may provide a more practical option for many individuals who cannot have their own pet.


Person Specification

  • Demonstrated experience in human animal interaction and animal assisted intervention research or practice
  • Knowledge and experience in quantitative and qualitative research methods
  • Ability to write concise and accessible reports for a non-specialist audience
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Publishing track record in the area of HAI or AAI/AAA or related
  • Experience of research in an academic environment


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Professional Research Assistant

University of Colorado – College of Nursing


Under the direction of PI Cheryl A. Krause-Parello,PhD, RN in the Office of Research and Scholarship this PRA position will manage the CPAWW office by working to maintain the integrity and progress of ongoing research studies, investigating humananimal interaction, with a focus on veterans’ health and child maltreatment—which is integral to the investigator’s body of research work.


Duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Assist with data collection, data management (SPSS), and data analyses (qualitative/quantitative)
  • Assist with grant writing/document editing
  • Assist with manuscript preparation (including EndNote)
  • Assist with COMIRB submission & adherence
  • Conduct correspondence
  • Organize/manage files
  • (Potentially) Travel to/copresent at conferences
  • Website and social media management


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