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Research Associate

University of Glasgow - Institute of Biodiversity, Animal Health and Comparative Medicine

Location: Glasgow
Salary: £35,845 to £40,322 per annum (Grade 7)
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 16th September 2020
Closes: 16th October 2020
Job Ref: 041784

College of Medical, Veterinary and Life Sciences

We have an exciting opportunity within the Streicker Lab ( for a Research Associate to make a leading contribution to a new project funded through the NSF/BBSRC Ecology and Evolution of Infectious Diseases Program entitled “Integrating ecology, epidemiology, and human interests to guide strategic management of zoonoses in complex wildlife reservoirs”. The fundamental research conducted under this project aims to reduce the burden of zoonotic diseases by controlling pathogen circulation in wildlife reservoirs. We will use rabies transmitted by vampire bats as a data-rich model system in which our team has worked for over 13 years.

The post holder will have responsibilities spanning international field work in Peru and quantitative analysis. The primary aims of the post are (i) to organize and monitor field experiments investigating how bat foraging and dispersal respond to environmental, seasonal, and anthropogenic perturbations and (ii) to develop a landscape-level model of bat abundance and dispersal using historical presence/absence data and newly collected bat movement data. The insights from these projects will inform landscape level models of rabies transmission which will explore alternative interventions to prevent rabies mortality in humans and livestock by limiting disease transmission within the wild bat reservoir, including oral vaccination.

The post holder will work primarily with Dr. Daniel Streicker (Principal Investigator, PI) and Professor Jason Matthiopoulos (co-investigator, Co-I), but will collaborate broadly with researchers from institutions in Peru (National University of San Marcos, Cayetano Heredia University, Center for Technological, Biomedical and Environmental Research [CITBM]) and the United States (USGS National Wildlife Health Center, University of Wisconsin).

The post requires a comprehensive and up-to-date knowledge of zoonotic disease and disease ecology and experience in spatial analysis. Applicants will be qualified to SCQF level 12 [PhD] or alternatively possess the equivalent in professional qualifications and experience, with experience of personal development in a similar or related role[s].

For informal enquiries about this post, please contact Daniel Streicker (

This is a full time post, with funding available for up to 3 years.

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