Postdoctoral Research Associate in Livestock Production and Welfare

The University of Sydney - School of Life and Environmental Sciences, Sydney Institute of Agriculture

Reference no. 1733/0817 

  • 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.

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 Production who 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. 

Please refer to the University of Sydney Careers for additional information and selection criteria for this position. 

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. 

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)

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