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Position: Research Fellow
Institution: Queen's University Belfast
Department: School of Biological Sciences
Location: Belfast, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom
Duties: The Research Fellow will be an innovative, highly productive, ambitious and collaborative member of a new research group in the School of Biological Sciences. The position will involve working as part of a research programme that is investigating the epidemiology of parasite infections in animals under climate change. The purpose of the project is primarily to adapt, develop further and validate existing epidemiological simulation models to consider the impact of targeted selective treatment (TST) of gastrointestinal nematodes in cattle, on both parasite population dynamics and herd performance
Requirements: Have or be about to obtain a relevant PhD in veterinary parasitology or a closely related research area. At least 3 years’ recent relevant research experience to include: Experience in quantitative methods such as mathematical modelling, computer simulation, and/or advanced statistical analysis of biological data, to include computer programming experience using R, Matlab, Python, or other language relevant to the project. Ability to lead practical research on the epidemiology, diagnosis or control of parasites of veterinary importance, towards specified project aims, with the support of other team members. Ability to contribute to the School’s outreach programme, for example by involving farmers in the research and dissemination of outputs. Sufficient breadth and depth of specialist knowledge in the discipline and of research methods and techniques to work within the established research programme. Competent in maintaining and communicating knowledge of cutting-edge of field of expertise. Show a commitment to, and an interest in the research topic. Ability to communicate complex information clearly, including excellent written and verbal communication skills. Ability to build contacts and participate in internal and external networks. Strong ability to work from own initiative and to work independently
   
Text: Job details Job title Research Fellow Job reference 19/107148 Date posted 04/02/2019 Application closing date 06/03/2019 Salary £33,199 - £39,610 per annum (potential to progress to £43,266 per annum through sustained exceptional contribution) Job category/type Research Job description The School of Biological Sciences aims to enhance the way we use technology in research, food security, microbiology, ecosystem biology, sustainability and many other related areas. The Research Fellow will be an innovative, highly productive, ambitious and collaborative member of a new research group led by Professor Eric Morgan in the School of Biological Sciences. The position will involve working as part of a research programme that is investigating the epidemiology of parasite infections in animals under climate change. The purpose of the project is primarily to adapt, develop further and validate existing epidemiological simulation models to consider the impact of targeted selective treatment (TST) of gastrointestinal nematodes in cattle, on both parasite population dynamics and herd performance. These models will be used to inform TST trials on selected farms in Northern Ireland, to provide proof of principle and underpin wider uptake. A parallel work programme will refine empirical understanding of climatic drivers of infective nematode larval availability and distribution, to feed into model structure and parameter estimation. Simulations using the model will assess the sustainability of TST approaches under climate and farm management change. Outputs will be high quality peer reviewed publications, strategic recommendations to the UK cattle farming industry and a toolkit for computer simulation of parasites on cattle farms. The successful applicant will lead this ambitious cutting edge research project and be involved in supervision, planning, day-to-day lab management, collaborations (including with project partners at Newcastle University) and outreach. This is a 30-month post funded by the UK Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council, ending on 31 April 2021. Candidate information About the School Information for international applicants Note to EEA Applicants on Brexit
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