Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Livestock Production Systems

Armidale, Australia
03 Mar 2020
End of advertisement period
29 Mar 2020
Academic Discipline
Life sciences, Veterinary Science
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

School of Environmental and Rural Science

  • Fixed-term to  30 June 2023 (> 3 years), full-time, with the possibility of extension
  • $68,004to $91,857per annum (Level A)
  • $96,631 to $114,524 per annum (Level B)
  • Plus 17% employer superannuation.Salary packaging options are available
  • Relocation assistance provided (Level B only)
  • Applicants must have full time work rights for the term of the contract

The University of New England in Armidale, Australia, boasts an excellent national and international reputation, being a leader in research, teaching and academic innovation with industry impact.  We aim to foster a constructive and engaged culture where creative ideas and innovation thrive.

The School of Environmental and Rural Science at UNE has an international reputation as a research-based team of academics, teaching environmental and agricultural science and management. The School has a long history of excellence in environmental and agricultural education through its degrees in Environmental and Agricultural Sciences and in teaching both in internal and external modes. The staff of the School is actively involved in education and research funded by a wide range of government and industry agencies.

The Faculty of Science, Agriculture, Business & Law at UNE is currently inviting applications from highly motivated and qualified individuals for the position of Postdoctoral Research Fellow – Livestock Production Systems in the discipline of Animal Science in the School of Environmental and Rural Science.

About the role

As a Postdoctoral Research Fellow - Livestock Production Systems, you will undertake project management and research and development activities in the project “Goat Production Systems and Marketing in Lao People’s Democratic Republic (Lao PDR) and Vietnam” and there may also be the opportunity to make and occasional contribution to research-informed teaching in the Animal Science discipline. This project is funded by the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research and offers an excellent opportunity to work and develop collaborations with animal production researchers in Australia and internationally. The project focuses on the husbandry, nutrition and health of goats in Lao PDR, the socio-economic role of these production systems in Lao PDR, and the marketing of their products in Lao PDR and Vietnam.

The successful applicant will focus their research efforts on the husbandry, nutrition and disease management aspects of smallholder goat production, working in collaboration with local researchers in Lao PDR. Travel to Lao PDR and Vietnam for field research is an essential part of this role. You will also gain some experience in market surveys and value-chain research, and will work with research and extension staff in Lao PDR and Vietnam to build capacity for local research, development and livestock management.

Skills & experience

You will have a PhD or equivalent awarded in animal or veterinary science or a closely related field. You will have a developing research track record of publications of independent research in high-quality peer reviewed journals, and be innovative and able to think creatively in teaching and research.You will have excellent communication skills and be able to work effectively with people from of diverse cultural backgrounds.

Additional information

To discuss this opportunity, please contact Professor Steve Walkden-Brown, phone 02 6773 2092 or email To find out more about the School of ERS, visit

About Armidale

Living in Armidale you will experience the best of both city and rural living. Enjoy a healthy and active lifestyle with access to shopping, gourmet food, top sporting facilities and cultural delights. You can live in the heart of Armidale or experience the tranquillity of the New England on a rural property.

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Closing Date:   Midnight, Sunday 29 March 2022

Reference No: 220030

To demonstrate your suitability for this role, please respond to the selection criteria, contained in the position statement, in your application.

Equity principles underpin all UNE policies and procedures. As a University committed to engaging a diverse workforce, UNE encourages Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to apply.