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Research Assistant/Associate

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

Location: Glasgow
Salary: £29,176 to £32,817 /£35,845 - £40,322 per annum
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 1st April 2021
Closes: 28th April 2021
Job Ref: 053286

We have an exciting opportunity for a Research Assistant/Associate.

STOP Spillover is a five-year USAID-funded project (October 2020 to September 2025) designed to anticipate and address threats posed by the emerging zoonotic diseases that pose the greatest risk of jumping from animals to humans. It provides a critical opportunity to enhance global understanding of the complex drivers of viral spillover and to augment sustainable national capacities in surveillance, risk analysis, and behavior change. Implementation of the project envisions work in ten priority countries across Africa and Asia to gain critical knowledge about their Spillover Ecosystems, and to refine and use that knowledge effectively, efficiently, and sustainably to reduce the risk of zoonotic viral spillover and spread.

Based at the University of Glasgow (UoG) and supported locally by UoG-based Professors Dan Haydon and Sarah Cleaveland and Dr Daniel Streicker, but working with a much wider community of staff across the consortium, you will contribute technical expertise on wildlife epidemiology, and specifically the study of viral zoonotic diseases in bats and rodents. In particular the surveillance of viral infections in bat populations, and the design and implementation of interventions to control the risk of spillover from these populations to humans. You will work with researchers and public and animal health experts from across the STOP Spillover consortium, particularly those in four technical support Hubs.

The position is initially for 3 years, renewable annually, and potentially extendable to 4 years. The successful candidate will be expected to support in-country activities in up to 10 countries in east, central, and west Africa, and southeast Asia, and staff in the consortium’s technical support Hubs, designing surveillance and intervention studies in bat and rodent populations, formulating and submitting reports and research publications, and supporting this complex and challenging project as required and opportunities allow.

For informal inquiries about the job, please contact Professor Haydon : Daniel.Haydon@glasgow.ac.uk

Apply online at: https://my.corehr.com/pls/uogrecruit/erq_jobspec_version_4.jobspec?p_id=053286

Closing date: 28 April 2021

It is the University of Glasgow’s mission to foster an inclusive climate, which ensures equality in our working, learning, research and teaching environment.

We strongly endorse the principles of Athena SWAN, including a supportive and flexible working environment, with commitment from all levels of the organisation in promoting gender equity.

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