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Postdoctoral Research Associate/ Fellow in Diseases and Treatment of Cats

Camperdown / Camden, Australia
$105,350 - $140,586 + 17% superannuation
Closing date
30 May 2024

Job Details

  • Full-time, 3 years fixed term opportunity. Located on the Camperdown or Camden Campus
  • Opportunity to work at the Sydney School of Veterinary Science (SSVS), ranked #1 in Australia and #26th globally (QS ranking 2024)
  • Base Salary Level A or B $105,350 - $140,586 + 17% superannuation

About the opportunity

We are seeking to appoint one Postdoctoral Research Associate/ Fellow in Diseases and Treatment of Cats. The position is a research-focused appointment for outstanding, independent, early career researchers (less than 5 years post PhD award), with a strong publication record relative to opportunity. Successful candidates will contribute to one of the SSVS's research themes of Infectious diseases and biosecurity; Animal welfare; Genetics, Genomic and taxonomy or Evidence-based Clinical Practice. The successful candidate will be expected to be based on campus for for majority of their time either in Camperdown or Camden campus and develop research closely aligned with the University Veterinary Teaching Hospitals. This position provides a unique opportunity for early career researchers to establish their future research direction.

The postdoctoral associate/fellow is expected to design and conduct innovative research program, publish their work in highly ranked journals, co-supervise higher degree by research students and advise Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) research projects. They will also be expected to provide up to 30 hours of undergraduate or postgraduate teaching per year within their area of expertise, with access to career development in education pedagogy within the School and University. It is essential that successful applicants strive to maintain and grow a culture of collaboration and excellence in their research, their interactions with academic and professional staff, and their support and mentoring of students.

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 Australia and 26th in the world, according to the QS World University Subject Rankings 2024, and has received the top rating (5/5) for research excellence in the most recent Australian Government's Excellence in Research for Australia.

Our School operates across two campuses, Camperdown (inner-city) and Camden (semi-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 80 academic 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 500 veterinary students and 70 higher degree by research students are enabled to develop their skills in inquiry, evidence-based medicine and innovation.

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

  • infectious diseases and biosecurity;
  • animal welfare;
  • wildlife health and preservation;
  • food security;
  • genetics, genomic and taxonomy;
  • evidence-based Clinical Practice; and
  • education

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

To learn more about the Sydney School of Veterinary Science (SSVS), click here

The key benefits:

  • be part of developing the next generation of veterinarians
  • be stimulated by an academic environment focused on teaching, research and clinical excellence with colleagues with broad disciplinary expertise across veterinary science
  • generous access to research and publication support.
  • gain the recognition of working in a leading Veterinary School in an outstanding University.
  • industry leading leave provisions.
  • an employer committed to equity, diversity and inclusion.

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/ Fellow in Diseases and Treatment of Cats who has:

  • a PhD (less than 5 years from completion) in Veterinary / Animal / or relevant Biomedical Science, in the area of feline diseases or their treatment along with evidence of strong research output
  • demonstrated success in applying for external grants and completing milestones
  • evidence of an independent or emerging research program and expertise in an area of cat health and disease.

To keep our community safe, please be aware of our COVID safety precautions which form our conditions of entry for all staff, students and visitors coming to campus.

Sponsorship / work rights for Australia

Please note: Visa sponsorship is available for this 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

At the University of Sydney, our shared values include diversity and inclusion and we strive to be a place where everyone can thrive. We are committed to creating a University community which reflects the wider community that we serve. We deliver on this commitment through our people and culture programs, as well as key strategies to increase participation and support the careers of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People, women, people living with a disability, people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, and those who identify as LGBTIQ. We welcome applications from candidates from all backgrounds.

How to apply

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The University of Sydney was established in 1850 and is consistently recognised, both locally and internationally, for its outstanding teaching and research excellence. Sydney alumni include Prime Ministers, Governor Generals, Nobel Prize winners and leaders in every field of endeavour.

The University offers a comprehensive range of courses, including a number of disciplines unique in Australia. Teaching is spread across nine different state-of-the art campuses, located across New South Wales.

The University of Sydney’s commitment to excellence in research has resulted in an outstanding record in national competitive funding and underpins an approach to teaching which has won nominations for excellence and resulted in high student satisfaction ratings. The University has 78 research centres and institutes and is home to three ARC Centres of Excellence.

The teaching, research and cultural life of the University is supported by extensive facilities, including the largest library collection in the Southern Hemisphere, the world-class Nicholson Museum of archaeological antiquities, the Macleay Museum of natural history and ethnographic collections and the University Art Gallery. Its outstanding sporting and recreation facilities provide a training centre for students and Olympic athletes.

The University of Sydney is a key member of the Group of Eight Australian major research-intensive universities, and the Worldwide Universities Network.


The University of Sydney has nine official campuses.

1.         Camperdown/Darlington Campus.

2.         Cumberland Campus. Home to the Faculty of Health Sciences (based in Lidcombe).

3.         Mallett Street Campus. Home of the Sydney Nursing School.

4.         Sydney Conservatorium of Music Campus. In Macquarie Street, central Sydney.

5.         Rozelle Campus. Home to Sydney College of the Arts.

6.         Surry Hills Campus. Home to the Faculty of Dentistry.

7.         Camden Campus. Contains facilities connected to the Faculty of Veterinary Science and the Faculty of Agriculture and Environment.

8.         Burren Street Campus. Facilties are currently under development.

9.         Sydney Medical School campuses. These include the School of Rural Health (in Dubbo and Orange), the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Concord Hospital, Westmead Hospital, the Children’s Hospital at Westmead, Nepean Hospital, Northern Clinical School, Sydney Adventist Hospital, Broken Hill University Department of Rural Health, and Northern Rivers University Department of Rural Health.


The University of Sydney has 16 faculties.

1. Agriculture and Environment

2. Architecture, Design and Planning

3. Arts and Social Sciences

4. Business (Business School)

5. Dentistry

6. Education and Social Work

7. Engineering and Information Technologies

8. Health Sciences

9. Law (Sydney Law School)

10. Medicine (Sydney Medical School)

11. Nursing and Midwifery

12. Pharmacy

13. Science

14. Sydney College of the Arts

15. Sydney Conservatorium of Music

16. Veterinary Science

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Full-time employees: 7616

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