Effects of stocking density on group behaviour and welfare of sheep and cattle on board live export vessels

2 PhD or Research Masters Scholarship Available

School of Environmental and Rural Science

We are looking for a highly motivated PhD or Research Masters student with a background in animal or veterinary science, for a 2-year Masters of Rural Science or a 3-year PhD project.

The project will investigate how stocking density affects the group behaviour, time budgets and welfare of confined sheep and cattle.

The project will contribute to improving the welfare of sea-transported sheep and cattle. The position is funded by the University of New England (UNE), in Armidale, NSW Australia, and will receive operating funding from Meat and Livestock Australia, Livecorp and the Australian Government. This scholarship is available to domestic applicants only. In addition to an annual stipend of $27,082, funding for project expenses will be made available to support the successful completion of the PhD or masters project.

The candidate must therefore must display a capacity to work both independently and as part of a team. The applicant must be proficient in spoken and written English. An ability to independently conduct animal house research is essential. Knowledge of statistics and the ability to use R are desirable. Knowledge of animal behaviour is desirable.

To apply, please email a letter of application and a curriculum vitae showing your suitability for this position to Dr Fran Cowley

Applications close on 30th June 2019.

Please see the scholarship terms and conditions for further details

For further information, please contact the following staff:

Dr Amy Tait

Research Fellow

School of Environmental and Rural Science

Email: ltait2@une.edu.au

Phone: 02 6773 4598

Dr Fran Cowley

Senior Lecturer in Livestock Production

School of Environmental and Rural Science

Email: fcowley@une.edu.au

Phone: 02 6773 6164