Stocking Density Welfare Research Scholarship

Project information

An exciting opportunity exists for a PhD or Research Masters student to join a team of experienced ruminant researchers in the School of Environmental and Rural Science at the University of New England (UNE).  The effect of stocking density on the welfare of sheep and cattle has been identified as an important issue when animals are housed in confinement situations.

If you are successful in your application, you will work with a supportive and enthusiastic group of students and scientists and will be mentored and supported to:

  • Develop an understanding of an animal’s use of space both as individuals and also in groups.
  • Assess the effect of restriction of space and how this may change under differing climatic conditions and restriction of resources.
  • Design and implementation of live animal research experiments
  • Learn how to use remote and real-time sensor technology to assess animal welfare

Scholarship information

The research will be undertaken at the UNE campus and the scholarship is fully funded by UNE. The successful applicant will receive additional operating funding from Meat and Livestock Australia, Livecorp and the Australian Government.

This scholarship is a stipend only. Fee-free tuition is available to domestic applicants, however, international students are encouraged to apply if tuition funding can be sourced externally.

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.

Additional information

The candidate 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 conduct animal house research and laboratory analyses is essential. Knowledge of statistics and the ability to use R software are desirable. Knowledge of ruminant behaviour and physiology is desirable.

How To Apply

Applicants must meet UNE’s admission requirements for a PhD program. Please see the entry requirements. Applicants must submit a candidature application if they wish to apply for a scholarship. For more information on submitting a candidature application please see our how to apply/enrol webpage.

To apply for the scholarship please review the relevant application guidelines and complete the application form:

Scholarship and candidature applications can be submitted through AskUNE.

Applications will remain open until the position is filled. 

Please see the scholarship terms and conditions for further details

Enquiries may be directed to:

Dr Amy Tait

Research Fellow

School of Environmental and Rural Science


Phone: 02 6773 4598

Dr Fran Cowley

Senior Lecturer in Livestock Production

School of Environmental and Rural Science


Phone: 02 6773 6164