Doctoral Student Positions in Dairy Health Recording Systems, DAHREVA Project

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Call for 4 doctoral students for DAHREVA project in the Nordic countries.

Systems for recording diseases in dairy cattle are in operation in
all Nordic countries, although the designs are rather different. A
joint Nordic project Assessment of the validity of the dairy health
recording systems in the Nordic countries, DAHREVA – A study aiming to
improve the health recording systems supported by Nordiskt Kontaktorgan
för Jordbruksforskning (NKJ), will now be initiated with the goal to
get a better understanding of the true disease situation in the Nordic
dairy herds, through assessing the quality of the health recording

The project will be a close collaboration between PhD students from
Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden. Iceland is also included in the
project. Announcements for the PhD positions in Denmark, Finland,
Norway and Sweden can be found on the following web sites. Check the
deadlines for the applications: in most countries it is March 15, 2007
but in Norway March 23.

Denmark: (PhD fellow in Veterinary Epidemiology)

Finland: (Doctoral student in veterinary epidemiology)

Norway (Ph.D. position in epidemiology)

Sweden (Doctoral student in veterinary epidemiology)

Tasks: The PhD students will plan and conduct field
studies, record and analyse data with epidemiological methods, publish
results in international scientific journals, and participate in
post-graduate training. The students are expected to develop
dissertations focusing on validation of disease recording systems and
the epidemiology of production diseases in dairy cattle.

Skills: The successful candidates will have earned
a graduate degree in veterinary medicine or animal science, and have a
large interest in developing epidemiological skills in cooperation with
the other PhD students and advisors from the Nordic countries. The
applicants should have a proven ability to work both independently and
in a team environment, and good writing and oral communication skills.
The project involves field work, which requires skills in co-operation
and communication with farmers and advisers within the dairy industry
of that particular country.

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