Charles Sturt University
Graham Centre for Agricultural Innovation

PhD opportunity: supporting Australia’s preparedness for African Swine Fever

Be part of research to support Australia to be  better prepared against African Swine Fever.

African Swine Fever (ASF) has spread globally and Australia’s closest neighbours, Timor Leste, Indonesia and Papua New Guinea, are now infected.

This increases the risk of an incursion to Australia in either feral or domestic pigs. Understanding how disease could spread in feral pigs and the subsequent risks to domestic pigs is important to develop strategies to protect the domestic pig industry.

This project will investigate risk pathways for ASF spread in Australia to develop biosecurity strategies to protect the Australian domestic pig industry.

We seek a highly motivated PhD candidate with a high level Honours or Masters qualification or equivalent in the following field/s: veterinary science, animal science, epidemiology.

You'll be part of a team

Project Leaders: Dr Victoria Brookes and Associate Professor Marta Hernandez-Jover from the Charle Sturt University School of Animals and Veterinary Sciences.

The project will be based at Charles Sturt in Wagga Wagga although a suitable candidate could work from home.

Some travel to research sites will be required.

You'll develop skills in data collection, risk assessment, disease spread modelling techniques and epidemiologic methods, as well an understanding of biosecurity.

You'll build industry and government relationships, and develop skills in communication to scientific and non-scientific audiences.

Candidates will also be linked to the Graham Centre for Agricultural Innovation, a research alliance between Charles Sturt and NSW Department of Primary Industries.

The Centre provides administrative support to projects, and links researchers with industry and the farming community through research and engagement activities.

The candidate should apply for an Australian Government Research Training Program (AGRTP) scholarship which, for domestic students, will close at 5pm (AEDT) on Friday, 30 October 2020.

An additional top-up stipend may be available and conditional on the candidate being offered an AGRTP Domestic Scholarship.

For more details and to discuss this opportunity further please contact Victoria Brookes at Charles Sturt University email: vbrookes@csu.edu.au phone 0438 637 674.