Career, Training, & Funding News

This page contains information on job postings, training, and funding opportunities that may be of interest to our members. These are not associated with SCAS, so please direct any queries to the relevant person/body via the links provided.

See here for conferences and events (in-person, virtual, & hybrid) that may be of interest to our members in 2024!

Volunteer with Blue Cross, Pet Loss Support (PLS) service

Blue Cross is looking for volunteers (working from their home) to support their Pet Loss Support (PLS) service, which provides vital emotional and practical support for people going through grief after the loss of a beloved companion animal. Training and support are provided: https://www.bluecross.org.uk/volunteer-our-pet-bereavement-support-service

Research Fellow, Institute for Human-Animal Connection (Colorado, USA)

  • Full-time (2 yr contract)
  • Salary: $55-60,000 per annum
  • Hybrid (Denver, Colorado)
  • The goal of this position is to provide the Research Fellow with robust training in social science research with a focus on the Human-Animal Interaction field, in preparation for a career in research.
  • Required: Master’s degree, or Spring 2024 anticipated Master’s degree in a relevant field, or equivalent experience
  • Deadline to apply: 31 March 2024
  • Click here for more info

Director of Global Impact, Cats Protection (UK)

  • Full-time (28-35 hrs/week)
  • Salary: £70,000 per annum
  • Hybrid (offices in Tisbury, Wiltshire), with some UK & International travel
  • The role will lead Cats Protection Global Impact activities, ensuring delivery of a range of programmes and activities that make cat welfare science accessible to a wide range of audiences. In addition you will support development and delivery of global change programmes for owned and unowned cats. You will be able to evidence a deep commitment to animal welfare and continued learning with extensive experience within a veterinary or charity setting.
  • Deadline to apply: 18th February 2024 (first round of interviews, London 29th February 2024).
  • Click here for more info

Research Assistant in OHAIRE lab at the University of Arizona, US.

Puppy Co-ordinator (SW England)

  • Part-time, 12-month fixed term (maternity cover)
  • Salary: up to £13,020 per annum (depending on experience)
  • Based from home, preferably in the Bristol area
  • In this role you will supervise and support a group of puppies ranging in age from 8 weeks to 18 months and the volunteer Puppy Socialisers who raise them to become a Dogs for Good dog.  You will regularly visit, advise, and guide your volunteer Socialisers in area to prepare our puppies for their entry into formal training and their life changing role by carrying out home visits, puppy classes, assessments and one to one training.
  • Deadline to apply: 25th January 2024. Interview 2nd February 2024.
  • Click here for more info

Sarama Bliss Endowed Chair in Human-Animal Interactions (Colorado State University, US)

  • Full-time, Permanent
  • Salary: $85,000-$130,000 per annum
  • Research (50%), Teaching (40%), Service (10%)
  • On Campus at University of Colorado, School of Social Work, working closely with the Human-Animal Bond in Colorado (HABIC) Center.
  • Research areas of particular interest include, but are not limited to: trauma-informed work (either in animal-assisted intervention or in the link between violence toward humans and toward animals); aging/gerontology; health equity; and racial/ethnic justice.
  • Required: PhD in a relevant field and a track record of successful funded research and interdisciplinary partnerships, the ability to teach in the Human-Animal Interaction certificate program and elsewhere in the curriculum, experience in mentoring students and colleagues, and a strong social justice orientation.
  • Deadline to apply: 29th January 2024
  • Click here for more info

Companion Animal Project & Research Coordinator (Virginia Tech, US)

  • Non-tenure-track, 12-month appointment 
  • Salary: commensurate with education and experience
  • On Campus at Virginia Tech & New River Valley/Roanoke Valley shelter
  • The successful candidate will guide the behavior programs at a New River Valley/Roanoke Valley shelter, in collaboration with the shelter’s medical director, and coordinate active research activities that faculty guide as well as contribute to the ongoing applied animal behavior research efforts in the School. 
  • Required: Candidates must have a M.S. in animal behavior, animal sciences or psychology or a closely-related field with substantial animal behavior experience; Preference will be given to candidates with: 1) a demonstrated history of working with shelters to behaviorally disposition and manage the behavioral care of shelter animals; and, 2) demonstrated dedication to undergraduate and graduate student research, mentoring, and success.
  • Click here for more info

PhD Studentship at the University of Portsmouth (UK)

PhD Studentship at the University of Bristol (UK)

  • 4-year studentship, Full-time
  • Salary/Stipend: £24,789 per annum
  • Project title: Are behavioural signs associated with CKD in cats more apparent to owners than clinical signs?
  • 60% on Campus (Langford Campus, University of Bristol)
  • Required: Veterinary Surgeon (MRCVS), Enthusiasm for cats
  • Deadline to apply: 26th January 2024
  • Click here for more info

Animal Welfare Research Assistant (University of Surrey, UK)

  • Animal Welfare Research Assistant: Part-time
  • Fixed-term (6 months)
  • Salary: £13,193 to £13,992 per annum pro rata (0.4 FTE)
  • An exciting part-time opportunity for a part time Research Assistant to join Animal Welfare at the University of Surrey’s school of Veterinary Medicine.
  • A degree or professional qualification relevant to animal behaviour and welfare would be highly desirable, as are good communication skills and an ability to communicate with external suppliers, stakeholders and AWAG users. 
  • Deadline to apply for all 3 positions: 2nd January 2024, 11.59 pm (UK time)
  • Interviews to be held 30 January 2024
  • Click here for more info

Three vacancies for the UK-based charity, People & Animals (Cambridgeshire)

  • Programme Support – Youth Worker: Part-Time (up to 30 hours p/week) up to £20 per hour (depending on experience)
  • Programme Support – SEN Primary Practitioner: Part-Time (up to 20 hours p/week) up to £20 per hour (depending on experience)
  • Stable Hand: Weekend: Saturday and Sunday mornings (possibly more in weekday – to be agreed) up to £15 per hour (depending on experience)
  • Deadline to apply for all 3 positions: 14th January 2024, 5 pm (UK time)
  • Interviews to be held at Wisbech Community Farm, weeks commencing 15th and 22nd January 2024
  • Click here for more info

Postdoc or PhD: to study problematic animal behaviours and evidence-based interventions (Virginia Tech, USA)

Funding Opportunity: Addressing Evidence-Based Health Benefits of Human-Animal Interaction

  • HABRI awards an average of 5-6 projects each year with project costs averaging approximately $45,000 per project and an average duration of about 20 months.
  • Applications outside the US are also accepted 
  • Deadline: February 22, 2024 at 11:59pm Eastern
  • Click here for more info

PhD Studentship in the Pets and Well-being (PAW) lab (Tufts University, US)

  • Dr. Mueller will be accepting applications for a full-time PhD student position
  • Starting in Fall 2024.
  • The PhD student will be enrolled in the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University Biomedical Sciences PhD program with a focus on human-animal interaction.
  • Supported by a National Institutes of Health (NIH)-funded (R01) research study assessing the role of dogs in supporting teenagers with social anxiety. 
  • Closes: 1 February 2024
  • Click here for more info & to apply.

4-year PhD Studentship (University of Bristol, UK)

Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Zoology (Lincoln University, UK)

  • Research and Teaching
  • Full time, Permanent
  • Salary: Lecturer from £37,099 per annum, Senior Lecturer from £42,978 per annum.
  • Closes: 3 December 2023
  • Click here for more info & to apply.

Advocacy Consultant for International Companion Animal Management Coalition (ICAM) (Remote)

  • Experienced advocate and communication professional
  • Remote working
  • Full time or Part time
  • Contract length: 2 years with potential to renew for further years
  • Salary: 60,000 GBP per year FT (or PT equivalent)
  • Closes: 17 November 2023
  • Click here for more info & to apply.

Research Scientist Position in Organization for Human-Animal Interaction Research and Education (OHAIRE) (University of Arizona, USA)

  • Full time: Research Scientist to develop, design, and oversee operations of the human-animal research group, the Organization for Human-Animal Interaction Research and Education (OHAIRE).
  • Requires: PhD or equivalent terminal degree in a related discipline required.
  • Minimum of 8 years of relevant work experience is required.
  • Salary: 1.0 full-time equivalency (FTE) $75,540 – $98,200
  • Posted: 31 October 2023
  • Click here for more info & to apply.

Postdoctoral Research Associate, to study service dogs for military veterans with PTSD (University of Arizona, USA)

  • Full time: Research
  • Coordinate and manage operations of a nationwide randomized clinical trial (NIH R01) of service dogs for military veterans with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
  • Requires: PhD in Psychology, Occupational Science, Human-Animal Interaction, Human Development and Family Studies, Neuroscience, Education, Public Health, Social Work, Nursing, or related field upon hire.
  • Salary: 1.0 full-time equivalency (FTE)
  • Posted: 18 October 2023
  • Click here for more info & to apply.

Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Human Behaviour Change for Animals, Grade 8/9 (University of Liverpool, UK)

  • Full time: Teaching and Research
  • The post requires a relevant PhD and some experience teaching in a Higher Education setting.
  • Salary: Grade 8 £45,585 – £57,698 pa, Grade 9 £59,421 – £73,043 pa
  • Contact Professor Carri Westgarth carriw@liverpool.ac.uk for informal discussion
  • Closes: 22 November 2023 (or sooner!)
  • Click here for more info & to apply.

Assistant Professor of Animal Studies (Eckerd College, US)

  • The position will start in September 2024
  • Full time, Tenure Track
  • Teaching and Research
  •  Ph.D. in any discipline with animal studies-related research required.
  • Closes: 1 December 2023
  • Click here for more info & to apply.

MS/PhD in Human-Animal Interaction (Purdue University, US)

  • The position will start in August 2024 (there may be opportunities to start sooner if interested).
  • Full time with the expectation of graduation within four years (PhD).
  • Interested applicants must have a minimum of a bachelor’s degree in a field relevant to human-animal interaction (e.g., psychology, human development and family studies, public health, epidemiology, veterinary medicine, communication, education, biology, zoology, sociology, animal sciences). 
  • Posted: 25 August 2023
  • Click here for more info & to apply.

Fundraising Coordinator (UK, Remote)

  • Street Paws is a UK-based charity, seeking a dynamic experienced Fundraising Coordinator to join their small team. 
  • The charity is dedicated to supporting the wellbeing of pets and their owners experiencing homelessness.
  • Contract: 18 months, Full-time
  • Salary: £24000 – £28000
  • Deadline: 6 October 2023
  • Click here for more info & to apply.

Fully-funded PhD studentship, University of Liverpool (UK)

  • Project: Understanding the impact of canine reactivity on dog owners, dogs, and society
  • The successful student will join the Westgarth Anthrozoology Group (WAG-LAB) in the Department of Livestock and One Health, under the supervision of Prof Carri Westgarth and Dr John Tulloch. They will also be co-supervised by collaborators at the Waltham Petcare Science Institute. 
  • Full time, funded at a student stipend rate of £18,622p.a. (in line with UKRI rates), in addition to cover of home rate tuition fees.
  • Funding is for Home UK student rates only and the studentship will last for 3 years.
  • Applicants should have (or expect to have) a relevant bachelors degree.
  • The student will have a keen interest in canine welfare and a background in animal, veterinary, public health or sociological sciences.
  • Deadline: 10 September
  • Click here for more info & to apply.

Research Associate at Tufts University, Massachusetts (USA)

  • To work on the ‘TeenDog Study’, an exciting new National Institutes of Health (NIH) R01-funded longitudinal research project assessing the effects of companion dogs on adolescents with social anxiety and their families.
  • Full time, starting September 2023
  • The project is part of the Pets and Well-Being (PAW) Lab, lead by Dr. Dr. Megan Mueller at Tufts University. 
  • On site: N. Grafton, Massachusetts, USA (some hybrid work is possible).
  • Requires a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology, Data Science, Human/Child Development, Public Health, Neuroscience, Human-Animal Interaction, or related field and 1 year or more of relevant research experience.
  • Click here for more info.

Research Assistant Professor in Applied Companion Animal Behavior at Virginia Tech (USA)

  • Non-tenure track, 1 yr appointment
  • School of Animal Sciences at Virginia Tech, and a Roanoke Valley/New River Valley shelter.
  • Salary: Commensurate with Experience
  • 50% of the appointment is to engage in applied companion animal behavior research, utilizing the animal shelter as a test bed field site for studying interventions to improve companion animal behavior and welfare.
  • 50% of the appointment to overseeing, developing, and implementing companion animal behavior programs, services, and guidelines at a Roanoke Valley/New River Valley shelter, in conjunction with the shelter’s medical director. 
  • Candidates must have a Ph.D. in animal behavior, animal sciences or psychology or a closely-related field. 
  • Deadline: Until position filled (review begins 10 July 2023)
  • Click here for more info.

CATalyst Council Grant (up to $20,000)

  • Grant proposals will support programs, initiatives, or project(s) designed to demonstrate innovative, evidence-based approaches that drive and increase service models for cat wellness and /or participation in the feline healthcare system.
  • Grantees must be located in the United States or Canada and will be either: (i) an educational institution, (ii) an individual or entity using the funds exclusively for grant purposes or (iii) an organization exempt from federal income tax under US or Canada law.
  • Deadline: 31 August 2023
  • Click here for more info

Purina Research Funding (up to $30,000)

  • The bi-annual Purina Sponsorship for Human-Animal Bond studies program provides up to $30,000 in research funding per project.
  • The Purina Sponsorship for Human-animal Bond Studies provides research funding to worldwide applicants affiliated with (but not limited to) universities, foundations, charities, and NGOs.
  • Deadline: 15 July 2023
  • Click here for more info

Assistant Dean for Research at the University of Arizona (USA)

  • Full-time, permanent.
  • Salary: Grade 13
  • The College’s current research priorities include Human-Animal Interaction, Veterinary Medical Education, One Health, and Data Science. The Assistant Dean will work across campus to build and maintain meaningful collaborations and networks.
  • An advanced degree, leadership and research experience, and experience of working within higher-education required.
  • Deadline: Until position filled (posted, 30 May 2023)
  • Click here for more info.

Lecturer in Animal Behaviour and Welfare, Hartpury College (UK)

  • Full-time, permanent lectureship at Hartpury College, UK.
  • Salary: £34,647 – £38,973 
  • The role will entail module leadership and lecture delivery across a number of animal modules, but in particular feeding into our BSc (Hons) Animal Behaviour and Welfare, BSc (Hons) Animal Training and Performance and BSc (Hons) Canine Training and Performance programmes.
  • PhD being highly desirable, and we are particularly interested to hear from applicants with a background in canine / companion animal behavior and welfare.
  • Deadline: 25 May 2023
  • Click here for more info.

Click here for a list and links to upcoming conferences!

Full-time Project Coordinator to work on an NIH-funded research study on human-animal interaction in adolescence

Pets and Well-Being Lab is seeking a full-time Project Coordinator for an exciting new NIH-funded R01 research study assessing the role of dogs in supporting adolescents with social anxiety.

The Project Coordinator will work as part of an interdisciplinary and supportive team at the Pets and Well-Being Lab, which is located in the Center for Animals and Public Policy at the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University, providing many opportunities for collaboration and growth.

Learn more and apply here

Fully-funded PhD studentship to research the re-homing of dogs (UK)

Scientific & Policy Officer for Companion animals with the RSPCA (UK)

  • RSPCA
  • Hybrid, London, UK.
  • Permanent. Salary range: £24,013 to £28,251
  • The role will support the work of the RSPCA Companion Animals Department through gathering, analysing, coordinating and disseminating scientific and technical information on both general companion animal welfare and specific areas of the Society’s companion animal welfare work.
  • A Master’s degree in a relevant subject (animal/behaviour/welfare science) or Bachelor’s degree plus at least two years’ equivalent experience.
  • Deadline: 3 May 2023
  • Click here for more info.

Bossart scholarship for PhD students working in an area related to OneHealth (international)

  • A $5,000 USD Dr. Greg Bossart Memorial Scholarship is available to a graduate student in wildlife biology, epidemiology, veterinary, medical, public health, basic or social sciences or other post-graduate program focusing on the interconnection between people, animals, plants, and their shared environment using a One Health framework.
  • Open to any student, anywhere in the world, currently registered in a post-graduate program (toward MSc, PhD, DVM, MPH, MD, or equivalent, clinical or research degrees) and working on a research project that encompasses the One Health model and/or addresses a One Health topic. 
  • Deadline: 9 June 2023
  • Click here for more info.

Visiting Assistant Professor of Animal Studies (USA)

  • Eckerd College, Florida.
  • Teaching undergraduate courses.
  • 1 year contract, but possibility a similar tenure track position will become available.
  • Salary range: Competitive.
  • M.S. or Ph.D. in any discipline with animal studies-related research or training, and a commitment to the liberal arts. 
  • Applications will be reviewed starting April 1, but the position will remain open until filled.
  • Click here for more info.

Postdoctoral Research Fellow – Animal Behaviour (UK)

  • Cats Protection
  • Home-based (within UK) but travel required
  • Full-time, Permanent
  • Salary range: up to £46,581
  • PhD required in animal behaviour, animal welfare, veterinary medicine, biological science or related subject.
  • Deadline: 23 April 2023 (interview 8 May 2023)
  • Click here for more info

Research Fellowship Institute for Human-Animal Connection (IHAC) (US)

Assistant/Associate Professor in Human-Animal Bond (US)

  • Purdue University, IN, USA
  • Tenure-track position
  • Primarily research
  • Ph.D. (or equivalent degree) in the sciences or a related area with a track record of scholarly publications is required
  • Click here for more info

Assistant Professor of Practice in Companion Animal Science (US)

  • Texas Tech University, USA
  • Non-tenure-track position
  • Primarily teaching
  • A master’s degree or higher academic experience within animal behavior and welfare or related field (PhD preferred)
  • Click here for more info

Assistant Professor of Animal Behavior and Welfare (US)

  • Texas Tech University, USA
  • Tenure-track position
  • Research (60%) and teaching (40%)
  • Ph.D. Animal Science or related area (postdoc experience preferred)
  • Click here for more info

Funding Opportunity: For research on the impact of equine assisted therapy services (EAS)

Careers at Green Chimneys, USA

Green Chimneys is a multi-service agency with programs in Putnam County, New York and Danbury, Connecticut, known for their nature-based philosophy encompassing animals and the outdoors. There are many opportunities for careers related to human-animal interactions (HAI) and animal assisted intervention (AAI) with Green Chimneys. Check out their webpage for current openings and career progression.

Animal Companionship Coordinator, UK (remote)

  • Full-time, permanent position as ‘Animal Companionship Coordinator
  • Our Special Friends, a is a charity dedicated to ‘Promoting, preserving and providing the power of animal companionship’
  • UK, Newmarket (Remote)
  • Salary: £21,500 – £26,000 per annum
  • Click here for more info

Visiting Professor of Anthrozoology (possible tenure-track)

  • Carroll College, USA
  • Ph.D. in Anthrozoology, Animal Studies or related field (candidates from the social sciences, humanities, and natural sciences will be considered), or JD with Animal Law experience, or DVM with expertise in the areas required.
  • Primary academic focus should be canine science, canine behavior, and canine training, with an emphasis on learning theory
  • This Visiting Professor position is for the academic year 2023-2024. They will then be seeking a permanent, tenure-track position to begin Fall 2024. (Visiting professor will be encouraged to apply).
  • Start date: August 2023

Assistant/Associate Professor in Human-Animal Bond

  • Purdue University, USA
  • Primarily a research position with some teaching
  • Ph.D. (or equivalent degree) in the sciences or a related area with a track record of scholarly publications is required.
  • Review of applications begins 15 February 2023 (continues until position filled)
  • Click here for more info

Funding Opportunity: Addressing Evidence-Based Health Benefits of Human-Animal Interaction

  • HABRI awards an average of 5-6 projects each year with project costs averaging approximately $45,000 per project and an average duration of about 20 months.
  • Applications outside the US are also accepted 
  • Deadline: February 16, 2023 at 11:59pm Eastern
  • Click here for more info

Our Special Friends (OSF): Office Coordinator

  • CB8, Newmarket, UK (On-site)
  • Our Special Friends (OSF) is a charity that helps people and their pets during times of difficulty, and they are looking for to recruit a full-time office coordinator
  • Salary circa £23,000 – £26,000
  • Deadline 4 February 2023
  • Click here for more info

Guide Dogs, UK, is hiring! National Rehoming Manager

  • Full-time, permanent position as ‘National Rehoming Manager
  • Guide Dogs, UK (home-office based but requires nationwide travelling).)
  • Salary: £40,000 – £45,492 per annum + benefits
  • Application closes: 1 Feb 2023
  • Click here for more info

Funding Opportunity: Horse and Human Research Foundation (HHRF) grants

  • HHRF has announced $10,000 grants to fund innovative projects focusing on horse and human interaction research. 
  • Proposals due 30 January 2023
  • Click here for more info

Research Scientist: Psychology of Human-Animal Interaction

  • University of Arizona, USA
  • PhD or equivalent terminal degree in Psychology, Human-Animal Interaction, Human Development and Family Studies, Neuroscience, Education, Public Health, Social Work, Nursing, or related field required.
  • Minimum of 8 years of relevant work experience is required.
  • Salary: $69,796 – $94,700 (full-time + benefits)
  • Applications open: 24 January 2023 (and close once position is filled)
  • Click here for more info

Waltham are recruiting for several positions

Careers at Waltham – Help make the world a better place for pets!

  • Cat and dog Trainer (Leicestershire, UK): see here
  • Pet (cat and dog) Unit Specialist (Leicestershire, UK): see here
  • Pet Behaviour Expert (short term position, requires MSc or PhD): see here
  • Veterinary Nurse Specialist (multiple roles): see here
  • Also Lab Scientist, Administrative and Managerial Roles: All here!
  • Learn more about careers at Waltham and follow #careersatwaltham on LinkedIn for regular alerts.

Tenure-track Assistant Professor position for a Companion Animal Applied Ethologist at Virginia Tech, US

  • The position has primary responsibilities in teaching (50%) and research (50%).
  • Required qualifications: Ph.D. in Animal Sciences, Biological Sciences, Veterinary Medicine or related fields.
  • Deadline 1 December 2022
  • Click here for more info

Canisius College (US) is recruiting for an Assistant Professor of Anthrozoology

  • Applicants should hold a PhD in anthrozoology, psychology, sociology, or a related discipline. 
  • Full-time, Tenure-track
  • Start date: Fall 2023
  • Call announced 16 Sept 2022, Application closes when position is filled
  • Click here for more info

Horses and Humans Research Foundation (HHRF) 2023 Innovation Grants (for pilot studies)

  • Innovation grants are designed to provide funding for innovative ideas to advance our knowledge, understanding, and application of Equine- assisted Services (EAS). 
  • The maximum project duration is 12 months, and the budget cannot exceed $10,000
  • Click here for more info

Position Open: Research Assistant, University of Arizona, US

  • Are you interested in research experience in psychology and working directly with veterans to study the impact of service dogs? 
  • Full-time + Benefits ($16.34 – $21.40/hour)
  • Click here for more info

Applications now open for Churchill Fellowships

  • These are a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to make change happen in an issue you care passionately about.
  • Fellowships are open to all UK adult citizens regardless of their age, qualifications or background.
  • Prioritises projects that would not receive funding from any other source.
  • For projects to begin from August 2023 onwards.
  • Applications will close on 22 November at 5pm.
  • Click here for more info

Dogs Trust is Hiring!

  • Behaviour Officer (Dogs at Work Project)
  • Salary: £29,000 – £31,000 per year + benefits
  • Location: Home-based flexible across United Kingdom, United Kingdom
  • Job Type/Contract Hours per Week: 35
  • Closing Date: Thursday 29 September 2022
  • Click here for more info