Department of Animal Environment and Health

The Department: The department has about 65 employees, primarily in the city of Skara, which is located in Sweden's most agricultural animal-dense area, as well as in Uppsala and Gothenburg. Agronomists, ethologists, veterinarians, biologists, ethics as well as technical and administrative staff work here. The department is responsible for SLU Götala beef and lamb meat research, located just outside Skara.

Research: The department is responsible for both basic and applied research in the areas animal environment and health, ethology, animal welfare, animal ethics, meat science, ruminant nutrition, agricultural economics and animal production systems. The research is carried out in collaboration with i.e. the agricultural industry, authorities and other universities within regional, national and international networks.

Education: The department educates students at the bachelor and master levels on the ethology and animal welfare program, the veterinary program, the animal science program, the sport and companion animals program and the veterinary nursing program.


We are searching for a researcher who will work within the FRESH (Fish REaring and Stress Hazards) project. We are looking for someone interested in fish physiology and animal welfare who will work within several project related to assessments of fish welfare. The work tasks will include data collection, both in the lab and in the field, as well as compiling results into reports and scientific publications.

Fish welfare in general, and questions related to stunning and killing in particular, are historically an overlooked area of research. Therefore, the overarching theme of our research is to comprehensively evaluate the effects of anthropogenic and/or environmental stressors on the physiology, health, and welfare of fish. To do so we focus on the following two research areas that urgently require further investigation:

1) Welfare of fish at the time of stunning and slaughter
Using a newly developed non-invasive technique to registers brain activity (EEG) in fish we evaluate and optimize different stunning methods used on both traditionally farmed species in European aquaculture (e.g. salmonids, sea bream and sea bass), new candidate fish species (e.g. tilapia and catfish) as well as for wild fish caught in pelagic fish (e.g. herring).

2) Physiological assessments for improved welfare of farmed fish
Visually assessing fish welfare in modern fish farm where tens of thousands of individuals are held together in large rearing pens is virtually impossible. Here, we us remote physiological biosensor-technologies, combined with investigations of prevalence of heart disease in fish to compare, how common and novel fish farm practices impacts fish health and welfare. 



  • PhD in zoology, zoophysiologyor another relevant field
  • Good knowledge in spoken and written English
  • Good communication skills and experience of working in a team 


  • Experience of working with fish
  • Research experience of methods used to evaluate consciousness
  • Research experience of methods used to evaluate stress
  • Formal and practical training in handling and killing fish
  • Driving license

Place of work:

The person will be employed by the Department of Animal Environment and Health at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, but large parts of the work will be located at the Department of Biological end Environmental Sciences, University of Gothenburg, which will be the main geographical location of the position. Some of the work will also be conducted out on commercial fish farms and/or fishing vessels.

Form of employment: 

Temporary employment, 12 months with possible extension



Starting date:

1 June 2021 or according to agreement


We welcome your application no later than 2021-03-02, use the button below.

Academic union representatives:

The Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) develops the understanding and sustainable use and management of biological natural resources. The university ranks well internationally within its subject areas. SLU is a research-intensive university that also offers unique degree programmes in for example rural development and natural resource management, environmental economics, animal science and landscape architecture.

SLU has just over 3,000 employees, 5,000 students and a turnover of SEK 3 billion. The university has invested heavily in a modern, attractive environment on its campuses in Alnarp, Umeå and Uppsala.

SLU is an equal opportunity employer.

Contact person

Albin Gräns