We are seeking for an MSc student for a 5 to 7 months internship on human-horse relationship. The project aims to investigate how the relationship and the familiarity between the horse and the handler may affect the communication and the understanding in the dyad. In April 2020, two experiments have been run with horses and their owners or strangers in a human choice task and during a pointing task. The objective is to observe how the horse react to specific situations depending on who is asking him to perform a simple task. We want to see if the familiarity with the handler affects their emotions, stress, attention or learning abilities.
The student will be asked to analyse the videos from these experiments using the BORIS observational software, then will conduct bibliographic research and statistical analyses on R to produce a scientific report.
Profile seeking: We are seeking for a student completing an MSc degree in behavioural ecology or ethology with interest for human animal relationship. Previous experience with horses and knowledge on equine behaviours would be highly beneficial. Good English communication skills are required as the working team is international, and the manuscript should be written in English so all the supervisors can comment and read it. Some basic knowledge of statistical analyses and R programming would be appreciated.
Place and conditions of the internship: The internship will take place at the University of Turku, FINLAND but, in case of sanitary travel restrictions, it could be done remotely from the student own country and place. In that case, an access to a good computer and a strong internet connection is mandatory. There is no financial help provided from our research group but you can ask for Erasmus grants and mobility grants (see the modalities with your own university).
The team and the supervision support: The student will be supervised by Océane LIEHRMANN with the support of her Supervisors Virpi LUMMAA (Team Leader) and Léa LANSADE (researcher on horse cognition at the INRAE of Nousilly, FRANCE). Océane is based at the University of Turku in Finland where she is working within the Lummaa group doing her Ph.D. on the behavioural processes involved in human-animal relationship.
Please, send a CV and a cover letter (1 page max) before the Deadline 10th of October 2021. Interviews will be held the following week.
Contact: Ph.D. candidate Océane Liehrmann, oceane.liehrmann@utu.fi, Lummaa group, Department of biology, University of Turku (FINLAND).

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