PhD Opportunity in School of Animal and Veterinary Sciences, Charles Sturt University

About CSU

The School of Animal and Veterinary Sciences at Charles Sturt University delivers undergraduate and postgraduate courses, including Animal Science, Equine Science, Veterinary Technology and Veterinary Science. The School’s mission is to graduate competent professionals with a strong commitment to animal and public health, animal welfare and research, the development and protection on animal industries and to the service of regional and rural communities. The School has substantial infrastructure of a high standard for undergraduate and postgraduate education, including a Veterinary Clinical Centre and Equine Centre, Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory and a Small Animal Clinic, as well as modern laboratories and animal facilities. The School has a rapidly growing research profile reflected in increasing numbers of undergraduate honours and higher research degree students. Relevant research strengths are in toxicology, animal welfare physiology, wildlife disease, animal models of human conditions, clinical science and animal production.

The Wagga Wagga campus of Charles Sturt has a 1600 hectare commercial farm. The farm includes winter dryland cropping, a self-replacing composite sheep flock with 2000 breeding ewes producing trade lambs, and a 500 head Angus breeding herd which is an Angus Australia co-operator herd and also includes a crossbreeding program. The farm also has access to irrigation water with two centre pivots. The farm is run as a commercial operation but is also utilised for teaching and research in the agricultural science, animal science and veterinary science-related courses.

Research Focus

In 2021 behavioural and location sensors will be deployed on the Charles Sturt Angus breeding herd at a commercial scale.

We are seeking a highly motivated PhD candidate with an interest in the application of technology to livestock management and beef production to undertake a PhD at Charles Sturt and located at the Wagga Wagga campus.

The candidate may choose to pursue their interest in reproduction, nutrition, management, animal health, welfare and/or supply chain.


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.

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

Further Information and Contacts

For more details and to discuss this opportunity further please contact Shawn McGrath at the Fred Morley Centre, Charles Sturt University by email or phone 02 69332825.