Title PhD position at The University of Melbourne – Equine Parasitology
Job Information


The University of Melbourne is a leading international university with a tradition of excellence in teaching and research. With outstanding performance in international rankings, Melbourne is at the forefront of higher education in the Asia-Pacific region and the world. The Melbourne Veterinary School is an eminent veterinary school in the Asia-Pacific region and the regional school of choice for veterinary science students, academics, professionals and other staff. It is a research-intensive veterinary school dedicated to the advancement of animal, human and environmental well-being through the education and development of world-class veterinary scientists.


Position description

The Melbourne Veterinary School is seeking a PhD candidate for the project ‘Studies on parasitic nematodes of Australian Thoroughbred horses’ funded by AgriFutures Australia and Thoroughbred Breeders Australia.


Duration of PhD is usually 3 years (full-time equivalent). Extensions may be sought in addition to this period.


The Melbourne Research Scholarship (Stipend) and Australian Government Research Training Program Scholarship (Stipend) provide the following benefits:

  • a living allowance of $30,000 per year (2018 full-time pro-rata rate) for up to 3.5 years for student undertaking a Doctoral by research degree.
  • a relocation grant of $2,000 for students who need to move from outside Victoria or $3,000 for students who need to move from outside Australia to study at the University of Melbourne
  • limited paid sick, maternity and parenting leave

Further details on the scholarship scheme(s) can be found on the following webpage:


Selection Criteria


  • Bachelor of Veterinary Science or Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
  • Three to five years’ experience in animal practice


  • Experience in large animal practice
  • High motivation to analyse field data into scientific papers
  • Excellent command of English (oral and written)
  • Ability to work in a team

Special Requirements

  • Annual leave must be taken at a time that accommodates the peak workflows of the project
  • The successful applicant must possess a full driver’s licence
  • As the Melbourne Veterinary School is located over more than one site, the student may be required to travel to, or work from, other sites and campuses.
  • As the research project involves collaboration between The University of Melbourne and various other tertiary institutions, and equine veterinary practices, the student will have to travel and spend time at various locations within Australia.
  • Desire and ability to travel during field study work.

Key Responsibilities 

The successful candidate will be responsible for:

  • Critical appraisal of the scientific literature related to the project
  • Contributing, in consultation with the supervisors, to the design and implementation of experiments and conduct of the project
  • Clear recording and reporting of experimental methods and results
  • Maintaining detailed records of experiments undertaken and results obtained
  • Completing and submitting a thesis at the end of the candidature
  • Contributing to the production of regular reports, conference and seminar papers and publications from the research project
  • Contributing to general laboratory duties and other activities at The University of Melbourne

How to apply

To apply, interested candidates are invited to submit a letter of intent stating professional goals and interests, a curriculum vitae, and the names and contact information of three referees to Dr Abdul Jabbar, Associate Professor in Veterinary Parasitology, Melbourne Veterinary School, The University of Melbourne, 250 Princes Highway, Werribee, Victoria 3030 or email: jabbara@unimelb.edu.au or +61 3 9731 2022.


 Interested candidates should submit their letter of intent along with relevant documents to Dr Abdul Jabbar by the 22nd of June 2018 (Australian Eastern Standard Time). The successful candidate will be asked to apply for a PhD admission at The University of Melbourne.