Social networks, personality and social support in goats
Start date: 1 January 2018
Supervisor: Dr AG McElligott (Life Sciences)
This PhD studentship will be supervised by Dr Alan McElligott of the Department of Life Sciences (from 1 Sept 2017).
Dr McElligott’s research group is focussed on developing goats as a model species for comparative cognition and welfare studies. Traditionally, animal welfare research has focussed on identifying and preventing poor welfare. However, preventing poor welfare is not the same as providing animals with opportunities to experience positive welfare. Therefore gaining a better understanding of the cognitive abilities of goats and other livestock is critical for progress. This research will investigate the links between social networks, personality, social support and prosocial behaviour in goats.
The project will include behavioural observations, as well as cognitive and playback experiments. All data collection will be carried at an animal sanctuary, using a large number of habituated animals.
The successful candidate will need to be able to work independently, and as part of a team. They will receive appropriate training for the research, e.g. bioacoustics and other technology for studying behaviour and physiology (e.g. heart rates). It is extremely important that the successful candidate can maintain our excellent working relationship with the host animal sanctuary.
Applicants should have at least a 2:1 Honours degree (or equivalent) in Zoology, Psychology or a related subject and a relevant Master’s degree. International students are required to provide evidence of their proficiency in English language skills.
A full, clean driving license is required.
Informal enquiries about the project can be made by email to Dr Alan McElligott at email@example.com
This PhD is fully-funded by Roehampton University Dept of Life Sciences and will cover Home/EU fees and provide an annual stipend at current Research Council rates. International students would need to be able to pay the difference between Home and Overseas fees for the duration of the programme.
- Download the Research Degree Application Form and Guidance Notes available here:
NB: there is no requirement to make prior contact with a member of staff to discuss your proposal as stated in the Guidance Notes.
- Please send the following documents as a single PDF to firstname.lastname@example.org
- A cover letter stating the reasons you are applying for this studentship and outlining your expertise and relevant skills
- The completed Application Form (RDB1)
- If English is not your first language, an IELTS certificate (see the Guidance Notes)
- Your qualification documents (transcripts and certificates)
Referees should be asked to submit references direct to the above email address, as soon as possible.
Closing Date: Midday on September 1, 2017
Interviews are expected to be held in the week commencing September 18, 2017.