Postdoctoral Research Associates in Veterinary or Animal Science

  • Opportunity to work at the Veterinary Science School ranked #1 in Australia and #9 globally
  • Located on the Camperdown Campus, at the School of Veterinary Science
  • Full-time, 3 years fixed-term, Level A, Base Salary: $74,962 p.a. - $94,629 p.a., plus annual leave loading and a generous employer's contribution to superannuation

About the opportunity 

We are seeking to appoint four Postdoctoral Research Associates who will contribute towards research in one of the school’s four research themes; production animal health and welfare, companion animal health, welfare and performance; wildlife health and conservation; and one Health. 

The positions are research-focused appointments at Level A, step 6, for outstanding independent early career researchers (less than 6 years post PhD award), with a strong publication record relative to opportunity (career interruptions may be accepted but need to be detailed). These fellowships will provide a unique opportunity for you to establish your future research direction. You will be expected to design and conduct innovative research programs, publish your work in highly ranked journal and apply for competitive external research funding. 

You will also be expected to provide up to 40 hours per year of undergraduate or postgraduate teaching within your area of expertise, this will involve supervising higher degree by research students. It is essential that the successful applicants strive to maintain and grow a culture of collaboration and excellence in their work, their interactions with academic and professional staff and their support and mentoring of students. 

During the appointment, Associates will receive research training and development in research project management, supervision, commercialisation and intellectual property. Applicants may wish to identify a senior academic within the University of Sydney in their discipline who will mentor them and develop their project applications. Alternatively, a senior academic will be nominated for the successful applicants. 

About you 

The University values courage and creativity; openness and engagement; inclusion and diversity; and respect and integrity. As such, we see the importance of recruiting talent aligned to these values and are looking for a Postdoctoral Research Associate in Veterinary or Animal Science who possesses: 

  • a PhD with evidence of research output
  • demonstrated success in applying for external grants
  • evidence of an independent research program and expertise in an area of Veterinary Science or Animal Science

 The School of Veterinary Science reserves the right to not proceed with recruitment for this role in alignment with its strategic goals. 

About us 

Since the founding of veterinary science in 1910, the mission of the Sydney School of Veterinary Science (SSVS) has been to provide the nation’s best training in the health, welfare and conservation of animals. The School is internationally accredited with the American Veterinary Medical Association, Canadian Veterinary Medical Association, Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (UK) and the Australasian Veterinary Boards Council. Veterinary science at Sydney is ranked 1st in the Southern Hemisphere and 9th in the world, according to the QS World University Subject Rankings 2019, and is rated 5/5 for research in the Australian Government’s 2018 Excellence in Research for Australia.

Our school operates across two campuses, Camperdown (inner-city) and Camden (rural) and has three teaching hospitals that provide unique learning experiences and research opportunities. The school also provides diagnostic services for clinicians and researchers using state of the art equipment. 

SSVS is home to over 77 academic and 120 dedicated professional staff committed to ensuring the highest quality experience and outcomes for our DVM and research students. We employ a multidisciplinary and collaborative approach to research, which in turn, informs our teaching. Our community of approximately 480 veterinary students and 100 higher degree by research students are enabled to develop their skills in inquiry, evidence-based medicine and innovation. 

SSVS has four primary research themes research themes  and academic staff are encouraged to develop their interest in these areas:

  • Production Animals – improving production outcomes by optimizing health and welfare;
  • Companion Animals – advancing the health, welfare and performance our large and small companions
  • Wildlife Health and Conservation – preserving Australia’s native fauna and global species; and
  • One Health – safeguarding the health of animals, humans and the environment.

Researchers have access to world-class research facilities, either at the school and faculty level or through specialist core research facilities available to all University research staff. For more information, visit 

Since our inception 160 years ago, the University of Sydney has led to improve the world around us. We believe in education for all and that effective leadership makes lives better. These same values are reflected in our approach to diversity and inclusion and underpin our long-term strategy for growth. We’re Australia's first university and have an outstanding global reputation for academic and research excellence. Across our campuses, we employ over 6000 academic and non-academic staff who support over 60,000 students.

We are undergoing significant transformative change which brings opportunity for innovation, progressive thinking, breaking with convention, challenging the status quo, and improving the world around us. 

To learn more about the School of Veterinary Science click here 

How to apply 

For more information on the position and University, please view the position description available from the job’s listing on the University of Sydney careers website. 

All applications must be submitted via the University of Sydney careers website.  Visit search by the reference number 220/0120F to apply. 

Routine pre-employment probity checks will be carried out for this position 

Closing date: 11:30pm, Tuesday 03 March 2020 (Sydney Time)


The University of Sydney is committed to diversity and social inclusion. Applications from people of culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds; equity target groups including women, people with disabilities, people who identify as LGBTIQ; and people of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent, are encouraged.


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