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Research Fellow (104031-921)

University of Warwick - Life Sciences

Location: Coventry
Salary: £31,406 to £40,927 per annum
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 2nd September 2021
Closes: 29th September 2021
Job Ref: 1879062

There is funding to recruit a PDRA on FA6 for a maximum of 30 months; this might have to be reduced up to maximum 27 months depending on the starting salary of the successful candidate.

Postdoc modelling coinfection in structured host populations

The Zeeman Institute for Systems Biology and Infectious Disease Epidemiology (SBIDER) at Warwick is recruiting a postdoctoral scientist focused on the ecology and evolution of infectious disease in structured host populations.

This is a 30-month position to join an international and interdisciplinary research project jointly funded by the UK’s BBSRC and the US’s NSF-EEID. The broader project aims to understand how host population structure affects parasite population dynamics, the types of parasites present, and host-parasite coevolution. To address this question, the project will use three metapopulations of desert bighorn sheep (Ovis canadensis nelsoni) as a model system because they have well characterised and varying levels of connectivity.

The postdoctoral scientist will be hosted in the laboratories of Dr. Erin Gorsich and Dr. Amy Pedersen at University of Warwick and Edinburgh. It will focus on mathematical and statistical modelling of parasite coinfection and collaborate closely with empirical collaborators at University of Cardiff, and Oregon State University in the US.

The ideal candidate will have an interest in disease ecology and strong quantitative skills. We aim to recruit someone with a background in either quantitative epidemiology, quantitative ecology, applied mathematics, or statistics. Candidates with a disease ecology background and an enthusiasm to develop quantitate skills are also encouraged to apply. Because the Zeeman Institute spans multiple departments, we welcome a range of backgrounds with experience working in interdisciplinary environments. We also support applicants interested in extending this work beyond the desert bighorn sheep system, applying their own expertise to the project’s theoretical development, or building on data from other host-parasite systems.

Interview Date: TBC

Full details of the duties and selection criteria for this role can be found in the vacancy advert on the University of Warwick's jobs pages. You will be routed to this when you click on the Apply button.

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