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 Studentship: Emerging sources and pathways for Leptospirosis.

Operational research funding and stipend is available from the New Zealand Health Research Council for a PhD studentship based with the School of Veterinary Science, Palmerston North, New Zealand commencing as soon as possible. This fulltime, three-year studentship is a unique opportunity to work with a globally important zoonotic disease in a high quality-training environment with multidisciplinary supervisors and advisors. You will develop or extend your skills in epidemiology, data analysis and social science.

Recruitment and interviewing has commenced on a nationwide prospective case-control study and this studentship involves delivery of a telephone questionnaires and in-home semi-structured interviews and analyses of resultant data. Project aims include appraising risk factors associated with leptospirosis and identifying Leptospira infecting species and sources of infection. The ultimate goal of this study is to guide effective interventions to help reduce the increasing burden of leptospirosis in New Zealand.

We are looking for a researcher who is developing their independent thinking and can connect with patients who are often rural based and in farming/meat working occupations. A driver’s licence is essential.

The successful candidate will be residing in New Zealand, be an excellent and empathetic communicator, have a degree in medicine, veterinary science, epidemiology, statistics or a biological or social science with a Master’s degree in a relevant field.

More information about the project is here:

Make informal enquiries to Associate Professor Jackie Benschop: or phone +64 6 951 6994

Make enquiries about PhD requirements and enrolment to School of Veterinary Sciences, Postgraduate Studies and Research Administrator, Ms Debbie Hill:

Applications (in the form of a cover letter outlining the candidate's motivation and fit for the project, together with a CV) should be emailed to Ms Wendy Maharey before 20 December 2019:

download PDF :  Lepto_PhD studentship_Nov2019.pdf (535 KB)

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