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Postdoc Associate / Research Fellow in Aquatic Animal Health

Camden, Australia
$109,301 - $122,830 p.a. + 17% superannuation
Closing date
7 Jul 2024

Job Details

  • Full time, 24 months fixed term opportunity. Located at the Faculty of Science on the Camden Campus, Camden
  • Opportunity to contribute to our research in aquatic animal health
  • Base Salary, Level A/B $109,301 - $122,830 p.a. + 17% superannuation

About the opportunity

The School of Life and Environmental Sciences (SOLES) at The University of Sydney is welcoming applications for a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Aquatic Animal Health to join the team and to research the impact of our changing climate on risks associated on infectious diseases affecting the Australian seafood industry.

Working closely under the supervision of Prof. Joy Becker and her colleagues, the successful candidate will collaborate with a multidisciplinary team of experts specialising in aquaculture and fisheries industries including members of peak industry bodies, aquatic veterinarians, and academic researchers.

Your key responsibilities will be to:

  • conduct scoping reviews describing the pathobiology of key diseases of interest to Australian seafood industries with emphasis on marine finfish, oysters, and prawns
  • contribute to a consultation process with peak industries bodies to identify areas of focus for a risk assessment
  • undertake hazard identification and risk assessment in aquatic animal industries that identifies and prioritizes infectious agents and syndromes under different future climate scenarios
  • analyse and summarise data from the project
  • prepare and submit milestone reports for the FRDC
  • assist in the development and delivery of industry workshops and the preparation of non-technical project outputs such as infographics and project summaries.

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 Fellow in Aquatic Animal Health who has:

  • a PhD in a relevant field (e.g., aquatic animal health, aquaculture, epidemiology, pathobiology of aquatic animals)
  • familiarity with the pathobiology of key diseases in aquatic animals used in Australian aquaculture and fisheries industries
  • familiarity and/or experience conducting risk assessments
  • strong capability to prepare comprehensive research reports and present findings to both scientific and non-scientific audiences
  • exceptional time management skills, with a consistent history of meeting project deadlines and delivering outputs on time
  • the ability to initiate, plan, and execute research projects with minimal supervision, demonstrating a high level of self-direction
  • a proven track record of publishing high-quality scientific research in peer-reviewed journals
  • experience in applying for research funding or grants with an understanding of the research proposal process is a plus.

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 not available for this position. 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 reasons for 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

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

Please address the selection criteria in your application (including a cover letter, CV, and any additional supporting documentation) which can be submitted via the Apply button at the top of the page.

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For a confidential discussion about the role, or if you require reasonable adjustment or any documents in alternate formats, please contact Kevin Lim, Recruitment Operations by email to or if you have any specific questions about the role you can email them to Prof.Joy Becker via

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Applications Close

Sunday 07 July 2024 11:59 PM


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.

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The University of Sydney has nine official campuses.

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