Postdoc position – Acute pain recognition in the post-operative dog by dog owners (0.8 FTE)

Uren per week: 
28 tot 32
Faculteit of dienst: 
Faculteit Diergeneeskunde
Faculteit Diergeneeskunde
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The Faculty of Veterinary Medicine has a job opening for the position of postdoc. If you are looking for a next step in research after finalising a PhD and you enjoy the interdisciplinary topic of responsible animal ownership and the facets of veterinary science, ethology and human psychology, then this is the job for you. This postdoc position is for a project studying acute pain recognition in post-operative dogs by dog owners and the possibilities for improving such pain recognition based on current pain scales and improvements thereof. It is part of a project that is run in collaboration with the Departments of Clinical Sciences and Population Health Sciences of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and aims to deliver both scientific output as well as output that is of direct value to veterinary and animal behavioural professions.



  • You hold a PhD degree, preferably in ethology, animal behaviour, veterinary science, or with psychological or sociological background.
  • You are a meticulous and skilled scientist willing to take responsibility for your part of the project within a multidisciplinary team.
  • Your track record includes scientific publications.
  • You are a native Dutch speaker and/or have language proficiency in Dutch at CEFR-level C1/ C2.
  • You have good communication skills and feeling for communicating with dog owners of various backgrounds.


We offer:

  • a position (0.8 FTE) for 2 years;
  • a full-time gross salary between €3.326,- and €5.090,- in scale 10 of the Collective Labour Agreement Dutch Universities (CAO);
  • 8% holiday bonus and 8.3% end-of-year bonus;
  • a pension scheme, partially paid parental leave, and flexible employment conditions based on the Collective Labour Agreement Dutch Universities.

In addition to the employment conditions from the CAO for Dutch Universities, Utrecht University has a number of its own arrangements. These include agreements on professional development, leave arrangements, sports and cultural schemes and you get discounts on software and other IT products. We also give you the opportunity to expand your terms of employment through the Employment Conditions Selection Model. This is how we encourage you to grow. For more information, please visit working at Utrecht University.

Over de organisatie

A better future for everyone. This ambition motivates our scientists in executing their leading research and inspiring teaching. At Utrecht University, the various disciplines collaborate intensively towards major strategic themes. Our focus is on Dynamics of Youth, Institutions for Open Societies, Life Sciences and Pathways to Sustainability. Sharing science, shaping tomorrow.

The Faculty of Veterinary Medicine has a unique position in the Netherlands. Not only is this the only institution where veterinarians are trained, researchers are also working together on innovative scientific research. Furthermore the faculty delivers expert clinical care at the University Animal Hospital. Thanks to this position, the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine is a point of contact for all veterinary matters, both nationally and increasingly internationally. The faculty employs approximately 900 veterinarians, scientists and support staff and counts 1,500 students. It is is located at the Utrecht Science Park, near the historical city centre of Utrecht.

Aanvullende informatie

For more information about this position, please contact Ineke van Herwijnen at or +31 6 39 58 54 52.


As Utrecht University, we want to be a home for everyone. We value staff with diverse backgrounds, perspectives and identities, including cultural, religious or ethnic background, gender, sexual orientation, disability or age. We strive to create a safe and inclusive environment in which everyone can flourish and contribute.

To apply, please send your curriculum vitae, including a letter of motivation, via the ‘apply’ button.

Uiterlijk reageren op 10 december 2023.