PhD position - Antimicrobial resistant bacteria and their genes in dairy farm environments


Do you want to improve stewardship of antibiotics in animal agriculture? Do you want to gain an understanding of the ‘wicked problem’ of antimicrobial resistance? If so we have a great PhD position for you working with a multidisciplinary team from farm to lab at Massey University, Palmerston North fully funded (includes stipend and fees) by the NZ-China Food Protection Network.

The project titled “Antimicrobial resistant bacteria and their genes in dairy farm environments” will integrate farm management data with phenotypic, whole genome sequence and metagenomic data to understand the drivers and potential transmission pathways of antimicrobial resistance in dairy farming environments.

Applicants should preferably have a background in microbiology, genomics or epidemiology. Experience with field sampling and statistics is preferable. This is a collaborative project between Massey University, AgResearch, Auckland University of Technology, Cognosco (Anexa Veterinary Services), Nanjing University and the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences.

We are currently accepting applications from international candidates, however due to border restrictions caused by Covid-19 and the worldwide pandemic, we will only process applications from non NZ Citizens or non NZ Residents who are likely to gain border exemption and an appropriate NZ student visa. A current driver’s license preferable.

For further information contact Sara Burgess (

Closing date for applications is 24 May 2021 (include CV and cover letter).

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