Research Fellow in One Health Epidemiology

Charles Sturt University

Reference no:496462
Work type:Fixed Term – Full Time
Location:Wagga Wagga
Categories:Academic – Research Only/Fellowship

An exciting opportunity to enhance and develop skills in One Health epidemiology, focusing on viral diseases of significance to agriculture and health.

  • Play an integral role in protecting Australia’s multibillion-dollar agricultural industry from the threat of zoonotic and emerging viruses.
  • Collaborate with world leading national and international zoonotic virology and epidemiology research institutes by promoting Innovation in Virology and Epidemiology.
  • Be part of an outstanding group of diverse, passionate, and engaged people whose common ethos is to create a world worth living in. 

The Role

  • Fixed Term (3 years) Full Time
  • Level B – AUD$102,486 pa – AUD$121,504 pa (plus 17% superannuation)
  • Wagga Wagga

Australia’s billion-dollar agricultural livestock industry and the regional communities that service it are at constant risk from viral diseases, most being zoonotic. Key viral threats include Avian Influenza, Swine-Flu, Australian Bat Lyssavirus, Hendra virus, Japanese encephalitis virus, West Nile virus, Murray Valley encephalitis virus, Ross River virus, Akabane virus, Rift Valley fever virus, and African swine fever virus.

The Training Hub promoting Regional Industry and Innovation in Virology and Epidemiology (THRIIVE) project is a collaboration between Charles Sturt University (a leading regional University in Agriculture and Veterinary Sciences), regional industries, and world leading national and international zoonotic virology research institutes.

THRIIVE will develop regional capacity and skills in agricultural epidemiology and disease modelling, molecular virology, and translational research, leading to production of rapid diagnostics, antimicrobials, vaccines, and innovative therapeutics to boost our manufacturing and safeguard our industries and communities against important zoonotic and emerging viruses in Regional Australia.

You will focus on the epidemiology and surveillance of viral pathogens and will require engagement with industry to identify priority viral pathogens and associated issues. You will enhance epidemiological understanding of viral diseases, which is pivotal for appropriate surveillance.

You will collaborate closely with government and industry partners to identify research priorities and design and implement research to address these priorities, assisting in prevention, early detection and minimising the potential impacts of viral zoonotic disease,

To be successful you will have:

  • A doctoral qualification in veterinary science, animal science, public health or one health with proven epidemiological skills, or equivalent accreditation and standing.
  • Knowledge and understanding of the Australian livestock industries and/or viruses affecting these industries.
  • A record of research relevant to epidemiology and surveillance of viral zoonotic pathogens.

Application Requirements

Applicants are expected to apply online and address the selection criteria in the position description. If you experience difficulties applying online or for further information on completing the application process please visit our how to apply page or contact us .

About Us

Charles Sturt University is a young and growing university committed to developing far-sighted people who help their communities grow and flourish. We make a significant contribution to the prosperity and vibrancy of our rural and regional communities, with a reach and impact across Australia and internationally. We work together with industry, communities and students to create new thinking, inspire each other and make a positive and progressive contribution to the world.

Charles Sturt’s work in Agriculture, Water and the Environment (AWE) has made a strong contribution to our UN Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) ranking where we are placed 67th overall out of 1406 participating institutions.

Our research in AWE has been targeted for strategic investment, with the University committed to driving research which has impact across Australia and globally. The key pillar of this strategic investment is in the establishment of the Gulbali Institute .

The Gulbali Institute creates impactful integrated agriculture, water and environment research, grounded in Charles Sturt’s footprint across the Murray-Darling Basin, but with impact across Australia and globally.

The Institute brings together multidisciplinary teams to undertake research and innovation, focusing on:

  • Agriculture – Optimising farm systems for performance and sustainability
  • Water – Enhancing the health and resilience of freshwater ecosystems
  • Environment – Promoting biodiversity across landscapes

Based at the heart of the food bowl of Australia, the Institute works in close collaboration with two commercial farms, one of the largest digital farms in the Southern Hemisphere, a commercial winery and vineyard of the future and a huge range of world class technical and industry standard facilities – clinics, glasshouses, labs and studios – spanning more than 2500 hectares.

Charles Sturt University offers a great work-life balance, professional development opportunities and generous financial benefits!

Further Information

Additional information is available in the position description or by contacting:

Professor Jade Forwood THRIIVE Project Lead   [email protected] Ph: +61 2 6933 2317

or

Associate Professor Jane Heller   [email protected] Ph: +61 2 6933 2839

Closing Date: 11 pm, 1 August 2023

Advertised: 03 Jul 2023 09:00 AM – AUS Eastern Standard Time
Applications close: 01 Aug 2023 11:00 PM – AUS Eastern Standard Time

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