Research Opportunities

If you are interested in undertaking research in Molecular Epidemiology, Food Safety and Veterinary Public Health, a list of current opportunities is shown below.

If you would like to enquire about possible future opportunities or wish to make a general enquiry about becoming involved in mEpiLAB, please contact Jackie Benschop ( )

Current Vacancies

PhD - "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 by the NZ-China Food Protection Network, which includes a $30,000 stipend per year and fees over three years. 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.

Due to border closures caused by Covid-19 and the worldwide pandemic, we will only process applications from international applicants (non NZ Citizens or non NZ Residents) who are likely to gain border exemption and an appropriate NZ student visa (refer to here  to check if you are eligible for an exemption.)

A current driver’s license preferable.

For further information contact Sara Burgess (

Closing date for applications is 12 November 2021 (include CV and cover letter).