IRTAis a research institute owned by the Government of Catalonia ascribed to the Ministry of Climate Action, Food and Rural Agenda. IRTA is one of the CERCA centers of excellence of the Catalan Research System. Our purpose is to contribute to the modernization, competitiveness and sustainable development of agriculture, food and aquaculture sectors, the supply of healthy and quality foods for consumers and, generally, improving the welfare and prosperity of the society.

We are granted by the EU with the HRS4R PhD candidate for the Animal Welfare Program distinction for “HR Excellence in Research” and thus we offer a rich environment for knowledge development and exchange where to develop a scientific career, and possibilities for professional promotion according to the attained achievements. [ref. CPI1623]

IRTA is currently seeking an enthusiastic and motivated PhD candidate to join the Animal Welfare Programme. We invite applications from ambitious candidates who have passion for research and are willing to join our team.

The research project is pioneering in the field of improving the welfare of broilers and rabbits during the slaughter process and the effects on meat quality will be also evaluated.

  • Supervisor/s: Alexandra Contreras-Jodar and Antonio Velarde
  • Job location: IRTA Monells

Full-time position (37.5 h/week) Terms of appointment: The duration of the PhD Candidate contract will be for one year, extendible by yearly periods to a maximum of four (4) years.


The financial remuneration will be of €1,291.18/gross per month (€18,076.22/gross per annum) for the first and second years.

For the third year, il will be €1,383.41/gross per month (€19,367.74/gross per annum) and for the fourth year it will be €1,729.26/gross per month (€27,209.64/gross per annum), which will be subject to the corresponding withholdings, pursuant to prevailing regulations, and to the collective employment agreement of IRTA (1) IRTA will also pay the annual fees of the doctoral school when receiving the enrolment.

Employee Benefits: 22 vacation days, 3 days of family & work conciliation, 45h of personal days, Friday afternoon off, Compressed Summer schedule from 15/06 to 15/09, Conciliation schedule.

Tasks and Responsabilites:

  • Collaboration in the design of the methodology and procedure of the experiments
  • Collection of experimental data
  • Data management and analysis
  • Scientific writing
  • Results dissemination

Required qualifications and experience – Candidates must hold one of the following degrees: a) A bachelor degree in veterinary medicine, agronomy, animal science, biology or similar. b) To be in a position to access a doctoral programme according to the requirements of Catalan universities, i.e. accrediting between 60 and 120 ECTS credits at the official university master’s degree level or equivalent. – Not to have a previous PhD degree.

Desirable requirements

  • Interest and experience in animal welfare at slaughter
  • Certificate of competence as researcher able to use animals in experimentation
  • Basic knowledge in statistics
  • Driving licence and car
  • Languages
  • – Proficiency in English
  • – Catalan and Spanish are valued

Application process If you wish to be considered for this position, please, apply via our Recruitment Platform to the job post with reference CPI1623 and upload your CV and motivation letter. All information will be treated in the strictest confidence. Deadline for application: 30/08

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