On July 1st 2021, a EU funded research project called DECIDE with 19 partners in 11 countries will start for a period of five years.
About 9 PhD students and several postdoctoral researchers will be hired by the partner organizations In the DECIDE project.
and (ii) options for controlling the disease along with their implications in terms of disease spread, economic burden and animal welfare.
DECIDE will focus on respiratory and gastro-intestinal syndromes in the three most important terrestrial livestock species (pigs, poultry, cattle) and on growth reduction and mortality in salmonids.
iii) develop data sharing frameworks based on federated data access and meta-information sharing; (iv) build multivariate and multi-level models for creating an early warning system.
Together, all of this will form the decision support tools to be integrated in existing farm management systems wherever possible and to be evaluated in several pilot implementations in farms across Europe.
The results of DECIDE will lead to improved decisions on disease control to increase animal health and welfare and protect human health and the food chain in Europe and beyond.
At Utrecht University and Ghent University we have vacancies for four PhD students that are keen to work on the interface of data science, veterinary science and economics in an international setting.
Close collaboration is foreseen with partners in the DECIDE project that identify the stakeholder needs (ETHZ, CH) and build multivariate and multi-level models for creating an early warning system (UCPH, DK).
For all four positions, candidates should be team players that are able to collaborate interdisciplinary and have very good spoken and written ability in English.
Below is the description of the fourth PhD project and of the requirements for a suitable candidate for this project.
PhD 4. Developing decision support tools to be integrated in existing farm management systems for cattle farms across Europe (UGent)
The main objective of this PhD project is to develop decision support tools for implementation in cattle production. More specifically, the objectives are :
The student will hold a PhD position at Ghent University in strong collaboration with Utrecht University. More information about this position can be obtained from Prof. Dr. Bart Pardon ().