This position is part of two large ACIAR (Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research) projects in Myanmar (Burma): Improving farmer livelihoods by developing market-oriented small ruminant production systems in Myanmar (project #LS-2014-056) and Improving cattle production in the Myanmar Central Dry Zone through improved animal nutrition, health and management (#LS-2016-132). Both projects operate under the 'research-for-development' paradigm, carrying out applied research collaboratively with smallholder farmers and other livestock sector stakeholders to improve goat, sheep and cattle productivity and enterprise profitability, and thereby farmer livelihoods. LS-2014-056 and the cattle health research for LS-2016-132 are being run by the University of Melbourne, with LS-2016-132 led overall by CSIRO. Both projects collaborate with several institutions in Myanmar and are running concurrently from mid-2019 to mid-2023 (four years). The projects focus on on-farm research into animal health, nutrition and management, value chain studies, and socioeconomic research.
The Research Fellow will work as part of an Australian and Myanmar team with extensive experience in international agricultural research-for-development to support the projects' applied research in the fields of animal health and production. You will use your existing experience of ruminant health and production from Australia or overseas to help supervise and perform observational and interventional field studies into goat, sheep and cattle health and production. You may also contribute to engagement and extension activities with smallholder farmers (e.g. farmer discussion groups), basic training for junior project staff, and value chain studies in the ruminant livestock sectors in Myanmar. The position will be based in Australia but involve regular travel to Myanmar, typically of several weeks duration.
You will be based within the Health, Livestock and Livelihood Security (HLLS) Unit within the Nossal Institute for Global Health, an interdisciplinary research institute working in the field of international development within the Melbourne School of Population and Global Health (Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences). The HLLS Unit is led by an Australian livestock veterinarian and, in addition to working with Nossal Institute colleagues, you will have the opportunity to collaborate with veterinarians and other researchers from the University's Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences, plus project colleagues from the CSIRO Agriculture and Food Global Food and Nutrition Security Group in Brisbane.
This role provides an outstanding opportunity to gain practical experience working in international research-for-development with an experienced, active multidisciplinary team. In addition to applying and developing your veterinary clinical and research skills in a unique setting, it offers the potential for you to pursue postgraduate study (Masters or PhD) in a relevant field. We foster a values-based culture of innovation and creativity to enhance the research performance of the University and to achieve excellence in teaching and research outcomes.
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