PhD student wanted at the Swedish University of agricultural sciences

in the research education subject: Animal science or Technology or Biology

Modelling and evaluation of future resource-efficient production of meat and milk

As part of two EU projects, we are looking for a PhD student to work with modelling and evaluation of future sustainable pig and cattle production systems. In the first part, models to assess resource efficiency and environmental impact from pig, milk and beef production will be further developed. These models will be used to evaluate today’s conventional animal production systems, and alternative production systems that aim to be more sustainable. Both existing alternative systems in Europe and future, theoretical systems developed in the project will be evaluated. The animals in these systems have been genetically selected for feed efficiency and robustness. Adapting to climate change and the use of feed resources based on biomass that is not wanted by humans as food is important in the project. The second part of the project concerns the evaluation of social sustainability and includes methodological developing in the field of life cycle assessment of animal production systems. Weighting of social and environmental aspects in a comprehensive sustainability assessment is also part of the project.

In this project, you will work with a multidisciplinary team in a creative research environment at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences. The project is linked to SLU’s research platform for future aspects of food, Future Food, and to two EU projects: “Sustainability of pig production through improved feed efficiency” and “Genomic management tools to optimize resilience and efficiency”. You will collaborate with many different actors in Europe and establish a wide network with stakeholders in different countries. You will spend a few months at another European university as part of the PhD project.

SusPig Kickoff meeting

23rd of October 2017

Madrid, Spain


Eranet SusAn Kickoff meeting

23rd-24th of November 2017

Bilbao, Spain