Development of Animal Vaccines

Location: East Bendigo, VIC

Duration: 5 months

Proposed start date: ASAP

Project Background

Apiam Animal provide veterinary services and animal health products to rural and regional farming clients across Australia. There are number of diseases in production animal species where there are currently no vaccine solutions which rely on antimicrobial use to control their clinical effects.

This project involves investigating select vaccine candidates (or various genotypes) and developing optimal culture environments to enable their growth and potential development of a vaccine.

Research to be Conducted

The student will familiarise themselves with previous research that has been performed with growth and fermentation of the selected bacteria. The student would undertake research to adapt current growth media to optimise the expression of known antigens in three different vaccine candidates. The final phase of this project will be to scale up the fermentation process while obtaining desired concentrations of the bacteria.

Skills Required

We are looking for a PhD student with the following:


  • Background in either of the following – formulation science/microbiology/immunology
  • Good written and verbal communication
  • Extensive research skills


  • Interested in agriculture
  • Interest in sustainable animal production systems
  • Keen problem solver

Expected Outcomes

The result of the project will be the development of a bacterial product capable of being developed into a live vaccine or a bacterin to be used as a vaccine.

Additional Details

The intern will receive $3,000 per month of the internship, usually in the form of stipend payments.

It is expected that the intern will primarily undertake this research project during regular business hours, spending at least 80% of their time on-site with the industry partner.  The intern will be expected to maintain contact with their academic mentor throughout the internship either through face-to-face or phone meetings as appropriate.

The intern and their academic mentor will have the opportunity to negotiate the project’s scope, milestones and timeline during the project planning stage.

Applications Close

28 August 2019


APR – 1122