Researcher in Animal Welfare and Sustainable Production Systems

IRTA - Institute of Agrifood Research and Technology

Barcelona, Spain

Specific functions:

  • Develop and lead research on animal welfare, health and husbandry in sustainable livestock production;
  • Experimental and modeling studies on agro-livestock systems and interactions with animal welfare and climate change;
  • Study of factors that influence decision-making on welfare in livestock, and the construction and implementation of support tools in these processes to improve the competitiveness of livestock farms;
  • Propose, develop and coordinate public and private research projects on welfare and sustainable livestock production, both at the regional, national, European and international levels;
  • Establish networks with international research centers to promote and participate in welfare and sustainable production projects;
  • Promote and participate in multidisciplinary research on sustainable animal production with other IRTA programs;
  • Participate actively in extension activities in welfare and sustainability in animal production;
  • Improve existing tools and create new ones to evaluate animal welfare as a central element within sustainable animal production.


  • PhD degree in Veterinary Science or related Animal Sciences;
  • In case of having obtained a PhD while in IRTA, a minimum of 2 years' post-doc experience in research centers other than IRTA is required;
  • Previous experience in fund-raising in competitive European and national research or extension projects from the private sector or administration;
  • Experience as a principal investigator of competitive research projects;
  • Excellent scientific level (h index ≥ 13);
  • Experience in directing and supervising graduate students and young researchers;
  • Experience in transferring results of research to the livestock sector.

Specific merits:

  • Networking with national and international sustainable production research groups, competent authorities, associations and producers;
  • Knowledge in other production areas related to sustainability;
  • Drive licence type B and availability for travelling.


  • Innovation capabilities;
  • Team work capabilities;
  • Education abilities;
  • Decision taking and team leading skills;
  • Ability to establish strategic alliances with other R&D national and international teams as well as the productive sector;
  • Ability to plan, organize and lead;
  • Communication skills;
  • Flexibility and adaptability to changing working environments;
  • Ability to work in a team in multidisciplinary environments.

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