Postdoctoral Research Associate in Livestock Production and Welfare

Sydney, Australia
06 Sep 2017
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04 Oct 2017
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

School of Life and Environmental Sciences

Sydney Institute of Agriculture 

Reference no.

  • Join an organisation that encourages progressive thinking
  • Be valued for your exceptional knowledge and experience in a research project on livestock welfare and production
  • Full time, Fixed term for 2 years further offers subject to funds and need, Remuneration package: $106k which includes leave loading and up to 17% super

About the opportunity 

The School of Life and Environmental Sciences is a world leader in the life, earth and environmental sciences and education. We achieve this through encouraging international collaboration across all our research endeavours, and through strategic partnerships that are global in their reach.

The Sydney Institute of Agriculture was established to bring together agricultural research from across the University of Sydney and contribute valuable knowledge to the agriculture and food sector.

With the first chair of agriculture in Australia in 1910, the University of Sydney has been a leading contributor to Australian agricultural knowledge for more than a century. Our contribution to agricultural knowledge remains vital and what we offer is highly valued by our industry stakeholders, making us a leading participant in transforming Australian agriculture.

The position will work with a team led by Associate Professor Luciano Gonzalez in Livestock in Future Landscapes. The goal of this group is to identify livestock systems that optimize welfare, production, economic and environmental outcomes. The position requires a strong background in one or more of livestock biology, livestock systems modelling, and remote monitoring and sensing technology applied to animals and the environment.

The position will interact with other University of Sydney researchers, outside organizations, and the livestock industries. The successful candidate will be expected to do extensive traveling to research properties across Australia as required. S/he will be expected to contribute to the teaching program of the research group, with demonstrated capability in the presentation of relevant lectures, workshops, or practical teaching activities an advantage.

About you

This position is to work in a research project on livestock welfare and production, including beef and sheep across Australia. A focus of the project is on reducing mortality in sheep and cattle through the use of sensor technologies for near real-time monitoring and prediction models. This will require a holistic approach to livestock production systems including the animals, environment, economics and management.

We are looking for a Postdoctoral Research Associate in Livestock Productionwho possesses: 

  • PhD degree or equivalent in a relevant field;
  • Demonstrated research capacity in livestock biology and production, and livestock systems modelling (including animal nutrition, growth, reproduction, ecology, pasture growth and economics)
  • Demonstrated capacity using programing and statistical software such as R, SAS, and/or Matlab.
  • Demonstrated analytical skills, clear communication skills, and a valid driver’s license are also required

Desirable selection criteria include:

  • evidence of ability to publish research output in high quality peer-review journals,
  • skills to analyze large and complex datasets, and develop prediction models,
  • evidence of skills in application of remote monitoring and sensing technology,
  • knowledge and understanding of the beef and sheep industries in Australia,
  • Experience with Precision Livestock Management, remote monitoring and sensing technology, or related areas
  • ability to develop research proposals

The position is full-time fixed term for 2 years commencing at Level A Step 6. Further contracts may be offered subject to performance and need, and availability of funds.

About us

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.

For more information on the position and University, please view the candidate information pack 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 and search by the reference number to apply.

Closing date: 11.30pm 10 October 2017 (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.

If we think your skills are needed in other areas of the University, we will be sure to contact you about other opportunities.

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