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Postdoc position: Alternative methods to sample blood in pigs

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Workplace1725 Posieux FR, North Romandie, Switzerland
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Position
DurationThe duration of the contract is 15 months
Occupation rate
80%
Job Start01.04.2023 or by arrangement

Agroscope is looking for a:

Postdoc position: Alternative methods to sample blood in pigs

80%-80% / 1725 Posieux

good food, healthy environment
Blood (plasma, serum) is by far the most widely used source to derive biomarkers for metabolic and health traits in pigs. The large veins (e.g., jugular or cephalic veins) that are usually punctured in large animal veterinary practices are not visible in pigs due to their thick skin. To date, blood sampling is commonly performed by venipuncture solely based on anatomical landmarks, and catheterisation can only be performed under general anaesthesia, which affects animal welfare and may affect the primary metabolic readouts.

This Postdoc will identify, test, and implement novel tools, proxies, and technologies to obtain and analyse blood samples in pigs. Strategies to be assessed will include; (1) testing sensors readily used in Human to monitor in real time metabolism parameters; (2) finger prick method and analyses in a drop of blood; and (3) Infra-red camera; and (4) blood suckling parasites to replace venipuncture. You will also undertake internships at INRAE (Rennes, France) and FBN (Dummerstorf, Germany), where you will perform animal experiment and laboratory analyses, respectively.

About us


Agroscope is the Swiss federal centre of excellence for research in the agriculture and food sector. Its researchers carry out their work at a number of sites in Switzerland. Headquartered in Bern-Liebefeld (as of 2025: Posieux FR), Agroscope is attached to the Swiss Federal Department of Economic Affairs, Education and Research EAER.
The Swine Research Unit at Agroscope Posieux carries out research on pig nutrition and pig physiology. A major focus of our research is on piglet development. By participating in the PigWeb consortium, you will obtain in-depth training in responsible experimental pig research, pig physiology and bioanalysis. In addition, you will widen your network by interacting with numerous PigWeb partners from 10 European countries.

This Postdoc will take place in the research team of Dr. Giuseppe Bee, leading the Swine Research Unit at Agroscope. The work will be supervised by Dr. Catherine Ollagnier and co-supervised by Dr Florence Gondret (INRAE, France) and by Dr Michael Oster (FBN, Germany).

Description

  • Test and validate the new sampling techniques in pigs
  • Perform pig trials comparing new sampling technics to gold standard methods
  • Perform laboratory analyses on blood samples

Requirements

  • PhD/DVM with a specialization in veterinary medicine, animal sciences or biology
  • Basic knowledge in pig physiology is essential, and first-hand lab experience would be a plus
  • Candidates who have previous experience with pig experimental work are desired
  • Knowledge of two official Swiss languages. Good knowledge of spoken and written English are required

We offer

We offer a varied job in a dynamic work environment, as well as thorough training and a modern research infrastructure. Flexible working hours and good social benefits are among the perks of this position.

The Federal Administration is attentive to the different needs and backgrounds of its employees and promotes diversity. Equal treatment is a top priority.

Contact and Address

If you are interested in this position and fulfil the requirements, we look forward to receiving your online application including contact information of 2-3 referees on www.stelle.admin.ch, Ref.nr. 4578. English is not an official Swiss language, please select German, French, or Italian as correspondence language.

Additional information can be obtained from Dr. Catherine Ollagnier (catherine.ollagnieragroscope.admin.ch). Please do not send applications to this email address.

Start: 01.04.2023 or by arrangement. The duration of the contract is 15 months.

Reference number: JRQ$540-4578

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