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Improving piglet robustness via sow health and milk quality
Deadline for applications
Date of publication


Details on the type of contract
Postdoctoral contract
Duration of contract
24 months

between 2400 and 2600 € per month depending on experience


Name of unit of assignment
UMR1348 PEGASE Physiologie, Environnement et Génétique pour l'Animal et les Systèmes d'Elevage
Address of unit of assignment
INRA St Gilles Domaine de la Prise 35590 SAINT GILLES
Website of unit of assignment
Region of assignment


Working environment

Description of the unit: The PEGASE unit conducts research on animal biology and livestock systems. About 60 researchers work in this joint research unit of INRA and Agrocampus Ouest. The unit benefits from important technical resources in laboratory facilities, including biochemical and hormone analyses and cell culture. The postdoctoral fellow will have access to these facilities. The unit works in collaboration with the UEPR unit (Unite Expérimentale Porcs de Rennes) where the experimental work of the project will be carried out, which will generate the data and the samples on which the post-doc will work. The candidate will benefit from a multidisciplinary scientific environment.


Missions and activities: The work of the postdoctoral fellow is part of a project that aims to develop nutritional solutions based on plant extracts and essential oils for sows and piglets to limit the use antibiotics by influencing the quality of mammary secretions (colostrum and milk) and the immunity of sows and piglets. The postdoctoral fellow will carry out an experiment on sows and piglets to test the effects of dietary supplementation of plant extracts and essential oils on the ability of piglets to adapt to weaning. The postdoctoral fellow will be responsible for assessing the physiological consequences (i.e., metabolic status, milk composition) and health (i.e., blood indicators, immune cell culture) in sows and piglets. The post-doc must have an accreditation to experiment on animals in compliance with the regulations on the use of animals for scientific purposes. Expertise in laboratory analysis is required and an experience with to realize cell cultures is appreciated. The results of the project will be disseminated (conferences, scientific journal).

Training and skills required

Education: Ph.D.
Required knowledge: animal physiology
Experience: work on large animals, laboratory analyses, statistical analyses
Skills: written and oral communication skills, team player, affinity to work with animals


Nathalie Le-Floc'h / Hélène Quesnel
02 23 48 50 39 / 02 23 48 56 49
nathalie.lefloch@inra.fr ; helene.quesnel@inra.fr