Title Doctoral research opportunities in Veterinary Parasitology at Charles Sturt University
Location Wagga Wagga, NSW
Job Information

The School of Animal and Veterinary Sciences at Charles Sturt University, in Wagga Wagga, New South Wales, is looking for two exceptional candidates to undertake two new and exciting research projects.

Both candidates will be expected to enrol in and complete a Doctor of Philosophy or Doctor of Veterinary Studies at CSU.

One project will investigate the impact on industry and diagnosis and control of Fasciola hepatica in Australian sheep and cattle.

The other project involves a multi-institution collaboration that could revolutionise the control of gastrointestinal helminths of Australian livestock.

It is envisaged that a tax free annual stipend of at least $35,000 plus accompanying operating funds will be available for up to three and a half years for each project.

Both projects include excellent opportunities for industry and international research collaboration and possibly international travel.

Considerable mentoring and support will be provided for both positions, and both candidates will also be involved in commercial veterinary parasitology diagnostic work within the CSU Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory.

Potentially interested applicants are strongly encouraged to contact Dr Rob Woodgate (rwoodgate@csu.edu.au or 0477 431 045) for additional information.

Title PhD project: The role of wild deer in the transmission of diseases of livestock
Salary La Trobe Scholarship + $10K top-up
Location La Trobe University
Job Information

Thanks to a partnership between La Trobe University, the Arthur Rylah Institute for environmental research (DELWP) and Agriculture Victoria, a PhD project opportunity is available to investigate wild deer disease status and the role of wild deer in the transmission of diseases of livestock.

Six deer species have established wild populations in Australia and are expanding in range and density. Wild deer are appreciated for their aesthetics and are a valued hunting resource. However, it is also recognised that deer can have an impact on biodiversity conservation and can pose problems for private landholders, causing damage to crops and fences as well as competition with livestock for pasture. Furthermore, deer populations may pose a risk to livestock by transmitting diseases and hampering current preventive measures as a result of their close contact with livestock species.

This project will assess the disease status of deer populations in Australia, with a particular focus on viral diseases and blood parasites. Serological and molecular techniques, including Next Generation Sequencing, will be jointly used to evaluate and quantify the presence of pathogens. By applying population genetic models, the level of cross-species infection between deer and livestock species will also be quantified.

Through the completion of this project, the student will have developed competent skills in laboratory techniques, bioinformatics, population genetic analytical approaches and applications of epidemiological principles for research and wildlife management.

The student will be required to apply for a La Trobe Scholarship by 31st October, and if successful will receive a $10,000 per year top up above the standard scholarship amount, as well as an extra 6 months scholarship (approximately $37,082 per year for 4 years).

If interested, please send an enquiry to
Dr Karla Helbig, k.helbig@latrobe.edu.au
Dr Carlo Pacioni, carlo.pacioni@delwp.vic.gov.au
Dr Teresa Carvalho, t.carvalho@latrobe.edu.au

Title Professor/Associate Professor/Assistant Professor (Veterinary Parasitology) at City University of Hong Kong
Job Information

Department of Infectious Diseases and Public Health, College of Veterinary Medicine and Life Sciences, City University of Hong Kong [Ref. E/247/09]

The new College of Veterinary Medicine and Life Sciences at City University of Hong Kong in collaboration with Cornell University’s College of Veterinary Medicine is assembling an outstanding group of international academics to undertake teaching and research within the Department of Infectious Diseases and Public Health. This academic unit is rapidly developing as an international research-orientated centre to support veterinary training and research in Hong Kong and the region. The Department is well positioned to provide a strong link between the preclinical veterinary sciences and applied (clinical) veterinary medicine. In another dimension it focuses on One Health, an area spanning the health of animals, humans and the environment. The Department plays a key role in teaching students in the Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine programme and also in the MSc in Aquatic Production and Veterinary Health, amongst other related activities, such as enabling postgraduate research opportunities. Departmental staff members undertake teaching, research and diagnostic service across their areas of specialty.

Applications and nominations are now invited for the above post:


The appointee is expected to contribute to the further development and implementation of the professional veterinary curriculum in field of Veterinary Parasitology, and build a strong presence in the new College with a vision to further Emerging Infectious Diseases or Food Safety research and veterinary education in the region. The appointees will teach and manage undergraduate and postgraduate courses; develop new research directions and maintain robust research programmes; and contribute to administrative work and other duties to facilitate the development of the Department and the College as a whole. Ability and willingness to help support veterinary diagnostic services and to work with clinicians would be an advantage.


A PhD in a relevant discipline (veterinary medicine, animal science, biology) and/or a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree or an equivalent veterinary degree, preferably registrable in Hong Kong. Evidence of further postgraduate education in the form of Diplomate status in a recognized

specialty board and/or an advanced degree is highly preferred. Applicants must have demonstrable international reputation in their area of research expertise, including the ability to obtain research funding, commensurate with their proposed level of employment. Candidates for the post of Professor should possess a proven record of distinguished scholarly accomplishment including significant external funding support, strong leadership capabilities, and active participation in undergraduate and postgraduate education.

Salary and Conditions of Service

Remuneration package will be driven by market competitiveness and individual performance. Excellent fringe benefits include gratuity, leave, medical and dental schemes, and relocation assistance (where applicable). Initial appointment will be made on a fixed-term contract.

Information and Application

Further information on the posts and the University is available at http://www.cityu.edu.hk, or from the Human Resources Office, City University of Hong Kong, Tat Chee Avenue, Kowloon Tong, Hong Kong [Email : hrojob@cityu.edu.hk/Fax : (852) 2788 1154 or (852) 3442 0311].

To apply, please submit an online application at http://jobs.cityu.edu.hk, and include a current curriculum vitae, a cover letter, and research and teaching statements based on the position. Nominations can be sent directly to the Human Resources Office. Applications and nominations received will receive full consideration until the positions are filled. Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted; and those shortlisted for the post of Assistant Professor will be requested to arrange for at least 3 reference reports sent directly by the referees to the Department, specifying the position applied for. The University’s privacy policy is available on the homepage.

Title Opportunity in cellular and molecular parasitology (tick fever) at Monash University
Job Information

New job opportunity in cellular and molecular parasitology at Monash University: development of an effective vaccine to protect against cattle tick fever.

As a result of recent and exciting developments within the Biomedicine Discovery Institute at Monash University, a new opportunity exists in cellular and molecular parasitology in the Cooke Laboratory in the Department of Microbiology for an experienced Research Assistant and/or Research Fellow to be involved in a new and exciting project to characterise a newly identified sub-set of proteins in Babesia parasites and determine their role in the pathogenesis of bovine babesiosis. Working closely with international partners both in the USA and Africa, our ultimate goal of this project is to develop and roll out a new and effective vaccine to protect cattle against bovine babesiosis (cattle Tick Fever).

Specifically, you will be involved in a multi-disciplinary project to determine the role and importance of a newly identified set of proteins (discovered in the Cooke Lab) in infection and pathogenesis and assess their potential as vaccine candidates both in vitro and in vivo. The project may involve some national and international travel to perform experiments in collaborating laboratories.

The successful candidate will have experience and a strong track record in microbiology, molecular and cell biology, parasitology or a related area.

Previous experience specifically in molecular parasitology (ideally working with apicomplexan parasites) is essential.

This role is a full-time position however flexible working arrangements may be negotiated. May involve some national and international travel.

Please send expressions of interest in the position to:

Professor Brian M. Cooke, (brian.cooke@monash.edu)  +61 3 9902 9146

Title Opportunity in cellular and molecular parasitology (malaria) at Monash University
Job Information

New job opportunity in cellular and molecular parasitology at Monash University: understanding the role of exported kinases in the pathogenesis of human malaria.

A new opportunity exists in cellular and molecular parasitology in the Cooke Laboratory in the Biomedicine Discovery Institute (Department of Microbiology) for an experienced Research Assistant or Research Fellow to be involved in exciting work to elucidate the cellular and molecular mechanisms by which malaria proteins cause disease in humans. You will be involved in a multi-disciplinary project to elucidate the function of a sub-set of newly identified kinases in malaria parasites which we believe play a central role in red blood cell invasion and modification.

The successful candidate will have experience and a strong track record in microbiology, molecular and cell biology, parasitology or a related area.

Previous experience specifically in molecular parasitology (ideally working with malaria parasites) is essential.

This role is a full-time position however flexible working arrangements may be negotiated.

Please send expressions of interest in the position to:

Professor Brian M. Cooke, (brian.cooke@monash.edu)  +61 3 9902 9146

Title Technical Officer at La Trobe University
Salary Higher Education Officer (HEO5)
Location Melbourne, Victoria
Job Information
Technical Officer
Position No:


Organisation Unit:


AgriBio, Department of Animal, Plant and Soil Sciences,

School of Life Sciences, College of Science, Health & Engineering




Melbourne (Bundoora)


Higher Education Officer  (HEO5)
Employment Type:


Full-Time for two years
Position Supervisor :

Position Number:

Reports positions:



Michael Stear, Professor of Animal Biology


As per Organisation chart

Other Benefits:




Further information about:

La Trobe University – http://www.latrobe.edu.au/about

For job enquiries only contact: Michael Stear, Professor of Animal Biology,   TEL: (03) 9032 7448



Technical Officer – Position Description

Position Context


The College of Science, Health & Engineering comprises 9 Schools and 16 Departments across La Trobe’s multi-campus operations. The College offers a range of general and specialist undergraduate and postgraduate courses that are rigorous and attuned to meeting the needs of students in ensuring their readiness to work in changing environments. Our courses are appropriately linked to emerging trends and critical global issues. The College researchers have an outstanding reputation for their innovation and contribution to society and are at the forefront of building strong relationships with industry partners.

The appointee will be for a highly organised team player willing to contribute to all aspects of research in the laboratory. The ideal candidate will have a good honours degree in immunology, parasitology, animal science or a related subject. He or she will work on a project looking at host-parasite interactions, especially the interaction between domestic sheep and the nematode Teladorsagia circumcincta. The aims of the research are to identify the molecular targets of the protective IgA response; to determine the mechanisms of action and to explore the evasion mechanisms used by the parasite. The research will involve a variety of techniques including ELISA, Western blotting, capillary electrophoresis, mass spectrometry, cloning, expression and protein conformation, enzyme kinetics and bioinformatics. The candidate is expected to know some of these procedures and training will be supplied as necessary.

Duties may include:


  • Ensure the timely preparation, and subsequent clean up, of chemicals, consumables and equipment for use in the research laboratories and facilities.
  • Test, calibrate and maintain equipment required in our research laboratories.  Arrange for servicing and repair of equipment if required.
  • Maintain the research facilities as a clean, safe work environment in accordance with appropriate legislation and University guidelines.  Carry out safety audits in labs, maintain safety manuals in labs, ensure appropriate personal protective equipment is available and maintained.  Maintain and keep current the general access first aid kits in labs, OH&S notices and emergency information.
  • Maintain information and databases related to the operation of the School’s teaching and research laboratories/facilities.
  • In consultation with academic staff, provide advice and assistance in the ordering of laboratory consumables and/or analytical equipment.
  • Be responsible for storage and the inventory of chemicals, consumables and equipment for the School’s teaching and research laboratories/facilities.
  • At all times conduct work in a safe manner and comply with OHS instructions, policies and procedures.
  • Undertake other tasks as directed, relevant to supporting the operations of AgriBio.

Key Selection Criteria


  • An honours science degree in a relevant area or an equivalent alternate combination of relevant knowledge, training and/or experience.
  • Demonstrated experience in the maintenance of scientific research equipment and facilities, with respect to operations, maintenance and problem solving.
  • High level planning and organising skills.
  • Well-developed analytical and technical problem solving capability.
  • Highly developed written and oral communication skills to enable effective communication and consultation with a wide range and level of researchers.
  • Ability to interpret and apply relevant and applicable policies, procedures and legislation in the day-to-day performance of the functions of the position
  • An excellent understanding and demonstrated experience in research including high level interpersonal skills and the ability to respond to people positively, confidently and with respect.
  • Proficiency in computer software packages such as Word, Excel, Outlook and databases
  • Well-developed understanding of Health & Safety regulations and procedures.


  • Experience working in laboratories in a research environment.
  • A qualification in Level 2 First Aid training
  • Working knowledge of relevant legislation applicable to scientific laboratories

La Trobe Values

At La Trobe we:

  • take a world view
  • pursue ideas and excellence with energy
  • treat people with respect and work together
  • are open, friendly and honest
  • hold ourselves accountable for making great things happen.