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Research Fellow (Developing Effective Rodent Control Strategies to Reduce Disease Risk) - AR2496RNB

University of St Andrews - School of Philosophical, Anthropological and Film Studies

Location: St Andrews
Salary: £34,304 to £37,467 per annum
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 17th September 2021
Closes: 1st November 2021
Job Ref: 313971

The Department of Social Anthropology, with funding provided by the UKRI/MRC is participating in the project titled Developing Effective Rodent Control Strategies to Reduce Disease Risk in Ecologically and Culturally Diverse Rural Landscapes. More detail can be found in the Further Particulars.

The University of St Andrews is recruiting a postdoctoral Research Fellow who will work independently and in collaboration with the Co-Investigator of the project at St Andrews, Prof Christos Lynteris, who is leading on social anthropology issues within the project.

The post will be full time, on a fixed term contract until 31 December 2024, starting 5 January 2022, or as soon as possible thereafter.

The Research Fellow will employ ethnographic, interview and survey methods at selected field-sites in rural Tanzania with the aim of deepening our understanding of human-rodent interactions and the underlying conceptual and practical inhibitors to rodent control and the prevention of disease transmission from rodents. The Research Fellow will also examine how socio-cultural structures such as farmers’ groups in rural Tanzania may facilitate community participation in rodent control. Insights gained will inform the co-development of community-led control trials, during which the project will evaluate changes in practices and health and wellbeing and identify drivers of community-led innovation in rodent control. The Research Fellow will be expected to collaborate closely with all project partners, including in Madagascar where similar social anthropological work will be conducted by a local team. Such collaboration will include the co-development of similar methodological approaches in the two countries and contributions to training and exchange programs for researchers and PhD students.

Applicants must hold a good first degree and have been awarded or be close to be awarded a PhD in anthropology. Applicants who can demonstrate experience in a) medical anthropological research on animal-borne diseases; and/or b) anthropological research on epidemic control; and/or c) anthropological research on animal-human relations, are encouraged to apply regardless of regional research experience.

Applicants must submit a letter of support and a writing sample in support of their application. This can be any published work up to 10,000 words or a thesis chapter.

Further information and informal enquiries may be directed to Prof Christos Lynteris, email:

Applications are particularly welcome from women, people from the Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic (BAME) community and other protected characteristics who are under-represented in academic posts at the University.

The University of St Andrews is committed to equality for all, demonstrated though our working on diversity awards (ECU Athena SWAN/Race Charters; Carer Positive; LGBT Charter and Stonewall). More details can be found at

Closing Date: 1 November 2021                                    

We encourage applicants to apply online at, however if you are unable to do this, please call +44 (0)1334 462571 for an application pack. 

Please quote ref: AR2496RNB

The University of St Andrews is a charity registered in Scotland (No SC013532)

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