PhD Stipend - Sensor based detection of calving and maternal behaviours in Northern beef breeding systems

This PhD scholarship will be specifically focused on developing behavioral models relating to maternal behaviours from data collected through on-animal sensors. CQUniversity have developed high resolution research grade sensor systems (GPS tracking and accelerometer behavior monitoring) which will be used alongside emerging commercial platforms to collect data on animal location and activity. The PhD project will focus on interpreting this data into meaningful information such as the site of calving, behavior before and after calving and where possible maternal response to calf loss.

Scholarship Value: 2021 - $40,000, 2022 - $45,000, 2023 - $50,000 (in total approximately $45k/year for three years)

Length of Scholarship: 3 years

Number Available: 1

Opening Date: 19 June 2020

Closing Date: 28 February 2021

Study LevelPostgraduate (Research)
Year of StudyFuture; First year
Study RegionRockhampton Queensland
Study ModeOn-campus
Study LoadFull time

Must have a bachelors (with honors) or masters degree in agriculture, rural science, rangeland, animal science, veterinary science or equivalent discipline. Applications will be considered  from students in their final year of above degree if completion is expected in 2020.

Must have demonstrated experience in handling large livestock preferably cattle.  Experience undertaking fieldwork in rangeland or extensive pastoral grazing systems desirable. Must have demonstrated experience in basic data management and analysis. Skills in bigdata, analyzing large complex data, data base management, computer programming languages (e.g. Python or R) desirable but not essential. Experience with on-animal sensor systems (e.g. GPS tracking, accelerometer activity sensors or equivalent) desirable but not essential, we can teach you this bit! Must have a positive attitude and desire to work in a research group determined to revolutionize the way livestock are managed in grazing systems!

This position is based in Rockhampton, Queensland Australia but will involve significant travel and extended periods of time based on property in remote Northern Australia

Applications must include all necessary supporting documents. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Applicants will need to supply the following supporting documentation:

  • Written submission
  • CQUniversity unofficial transcript
  • Documents demonstrating community involvement, exemplary work or demonstration of leadership
  • Resume

Contact Mark Trotter (

Please include in the application:

1. a letter of motivation describing your skills and research experience, and

2.  your current resume, a copy of your academic transcripts and a list of any research publications/projects that you have been involved in.

Applicants will be notified via email to their nominated email address as soon as an outcome is available
Meat and Livestock Australia