Adapting the feed, the animal and the feeding techniques to improve the efficiency and sustainability of monogastric livestock production systems
Adapting the feed, the animal and the feeding techniques to improve the efficiency and sustainability of monogastric livestock production systems

Precision feeding and feed efficiency : Open competitions for Junior Research Scientists at INRA (France)

Key activities and required skills

The successfull candidate will be required to update livestock feeding practices, taking into account individual variation of the animal's responses to feed intake. The objective of precision feeding has been made possible by the increasing availability of high throughput phenotyping techniques that allow repeated measurements for individual animals. Strong skills in animal nutrition and in animal husbandry are required, as well as good notions of mathematics and statistics. These skills will be used for the development of biological models for the control of feeding practices. The scientific environment will allow the combinination of studies on livestock farming, animal feeding, growth, lactation, behavior and modeling. The research project will be developed in collaboration with colleagues working on pig and dairy cattle nutrition and husbandry and on modeling at levels ranging from the animal to livestock systems.

Training required

PhD or equivalent. Skills in nutrition and animal husbandry are required. Experience in modelling will be helpful. Candidates should have a good command of English, and long-term international experience would also be desirable. Successful candidates who have not yet acquired postdoctoral training will be required to do so, preferably abroad, after their probationary period (1st year) and before being eligible for promotion to an Experienced Research Scientist position (CR1).


Geographical region: Brittany

Name of unit: UMR 1348 - Physiologie, environnement et génétique pour l'animal et les systèmes d'élevage

Address of unit: Domaine de la prise - 35 590 St Gilles - France

Website of unit:

Structure to which the unit is attached: PHASE Animal physiology and livestock systems

Centre in which the unit is based: Rennes.

Responsible contact inquiry

M. Jacob van Milgen

Tel: +33 (0)2 23 48 56 44

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Upcoming events

2nd Annual Feed-a-Gene meeting

The 2007 Annual Feed-a-Gene meeting is open to Feed-a-Gene Consortium partners.

25 April 2017 to 27 April 2017
University of Lleida, Lleida, Spain

Livestock Forum Networking Day 2017

27 April 2017Recinto Montjuïc, Barcelona, Spain
Fira Barcelona

1st Advancia Academy

7 May 2017 to 8 May 2017
Barcelona, Spain
Advancia academy

XVII Jornadas sobre producción animal

30 May 2017 to 31 May 2017
Zaragoza, Spain

68th EAAP Annual meeting

28 August 2017 to 1 September 2017
Tallinn, Estonia
68th EAAP Annual meeting

8th European Conference on Precision Livestock Farming (EC-PLF)

12 September 2017 to 14 September 2017
Nantes, France

11th International Veterinary Behaviour Meeting

14 September 2017 to 16 September 2017
Samorin, Slovakia