University Postdoctoral Fellow in Veterinary Sciences

Adelaide, Australia
15 Dec 2017
End of advertisement period
22 Jan 2018
Academic Discipline
Life sciences, Veterinary Science
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time
  • Prestigious international university
  • Cross disciplinary department
  • Working together with industry

The University of Adelaide is one of Australia's leading Group of Eight, research-intensive universities and is consistently ranked among the top 1% of universities in the world. Established in 1874, it is Australia's third oldest university with a strong reputation for preparing educated leaders and delivering research outcomes that contribute to local, national and global wellbeing.

University of Adelaide employees enjoy a range of benefits and favourable work conditions that include opportunities for career development and advancement. 

The Faculty of Sciences is one of five faculties at the University of Adelaide. As the first university in Australia to grant degrees in science (1882), science has long been at the cornerstone of the institution and this continues today. As a research and education leader in fields such as agriculture, food & wine, animal & veterinary sciences, biological sciences, and physical sciences, the Faculty offers an exciting and innovative work environment.

The School of Animal and Veterinary Sciences provides world-class, outcome-based education and training of animal and veterinary scientists in a research environment. Based at the Roseworthy Campus, 50km north of the Adelaide CBD and minutes from Gawler, the school is situated on a 1600 ha property that includes a working farm, full service Veterinary Health Centre teaching clinics, and a range of general purpose and specialist teaching and research facilities. 

A three-year full-time research fellowship is being offered to develop a system for recording condition incidence and carcase traits in sheep and to conduct the epidemiological investigation of the project. Data management and quality control of large datasets is an integral part of the role. The successful candidate will be expected to conduct the assigned research project in an organised, structured and independent fashion, contribute to proposal writing, and preparing manuscripts and reports.

The South Australian (SA) sheep industry is worth around $1.5 billion and is expected to increase to $1.8 billion in 2020. Endemic diseases and conditions are a considerable cost to the industry. Effective endemic condition monitoring and reduction is important to SA producers and also the wider sheep meat value chain although the cost of endemic diseases and conditions are not currently quantified. Reducing endemic disease has direct animal and on-farm benefits through improved welfare outcomes and increasing productivity.

This project is a collaboration between the South Australian Sheep Industry, abattoirs, SA government and the University of Adelaide and will address these issues. It is set up to monitor, analyse and act to reduce incidence of 21 endemic conditions which have a major cost to the sheep meat value chain in sheep processed in SA. The outcome sought is to have an established system for monitoring and reporting of condition incidence and assisting supplier networks to implement cost-effective practice change to reduce incidence of the conditions.

  • Salary: (Level A) $83,307 - $89,425 / (Level B) $94,135 per annum
  • Superannuation: An employer contribution of 9.5% applies
  • Term of position: This is a 3 year fixed-term contract

Position requirements

The preferred candidate is expected to have a PhD degree (or equivalent training) in quantitative epidemiology with documented track record in conducting and publishing epidemiological studies and strong organisational, written, and oral communication skill. A Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree (DVM or equivalent) is preferred but not required.

Please address and upload your responses to the selection criteria within the online application. If you have any queries regarding this position, please contact Mandy Holloway, HR Officer, telephone: +61 (0)8 83137740 or email:

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Closing date: Monday 22 January 2018

The University of Adelaide is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer. Women, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who meet the requirements of this position are strongly encouraged to apply.