Postdoctoral Research Associate in Livestock Infectious Disease

  • Full time 2 years (with a possible extension), located on the Camden Campus in the Sydney School of Veterinary Science
  • Opportunity to research and engage with the school ranked #1 in Australia and #16 globally
  • Base Salary Level A$95K - $98K p.a. + 17% superannuation

About the opportunity 

We are seeking to appoint a Postdoctoral Research Associate in Livestock Infectious Disease with the primary focus to contribute to a research project funded by a significant industry grant and involving a large research team with the aim of understanding the impact of Coxiella burnetii on livestock production systems. The project involves the application of diagnostics and farm systems modelling to investigate the pathogenesis and production impacts of coxiellosis in cattle and sheep. The role will be tailored to align with the skills, experience, and interests of the successful applicant. The position will afford the opportunity to develop skills in a range of areas including project management, experimental design, laboratory diagnostics, analysis and reporting, as well as epidemiological study design, implementation and modelling. Experience in sample collection in livestock species is desirable but not essential.

Your key responsibilities will be to:

  • undertake research supported by the larger research team in livestock infectious disease in line with key aspects of the project including study design, implementation, sample collection and processing; data analysis and interpretation; and reporting, assist with on farm sampling (which may require some travel)
  • support undergraduate and postgraduate students
  • publication of research papers in high impact or subject specific journals
  • support and demonstrate research excellence.

Since being founded 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 16th in the world, according to the QS World University Subject Rankings 2021, and is rated 5/5 for research in the Australian Government’s 2018 Excellence in Research for Australia.

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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 who has:  

  • a PhD (or near completion) in veterinary or animal science or a related or relevant field
  • demonstrated ability to conduct research/scholarly activities under limited supervision
  • the ability and a willingness to collaborate in multidisciplinary teams to contribute to long-term research goals
  • excellent communication (written and verbal), organisational and problem-solving skills with attention to detail
  • a strong track record of publishing their research
  • been vaccinated against Q fever (or is willing to be vaccinated prior to commencing work)
  • a health/fitness clearance
  • a current NSW driver’s license, C Class.

Sponsorship / work rights for Australia 

Please note: Visa sponsorship is not available for this position. For a continuing position, you must be an Australian or New Zealand citizen or an Australian Permanent Resident.

Australian Temporary Residents currently employed at the University of Sydney may be considered for a fixed term contract for the length of their visa, depending on the requirements of the hiring area and the position. 

Pre-employment checks

Your employment is conditional upon the completion of all role required pre-employment or background checks in terms satisfactory to the University. Similarly, your ongoing employment is conditional upon the satisfactory maintenance of all relevant clearances and background check requirements. If you do not meet these conditions, the University may take any necessary step, including the termination of your employment.

EEO statement 

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.

Closing date for applications

11.59pm, Wednesday 1st December 2021

How to apply

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