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Postdoctoral position in the ecology and epidemiology of rodent-borne zoonotic diseases.

University of Aberdeen, UK / Institut Pasteur Madagascar

We are seeking a postdoctoral researcher to join a Wellcome Trust funded project that is examining the environmental and socio-economic risk drivers for rodent-borne zoonoses in Madagascar. The researcher will investigate how environmental factors such as climate, habitat and landscape influence infection prevalence in small mammal communities. In addition, you will use molecular tools to understand inter-specific and spatial transmission patterns. The pathogens to be studied include plague, hantavirus, Leptospira and Rickettsia.

The successful applicant will have expertise in both field work and laboratory assays, and experience of statistical analysis of ecological, epidemiological and/or molecular data (with R or other software).You will be expected to spend significant amounts of time in Madagascar, helping to co-ordinate field and laboratory work. The ability to communicate in French is strongly desirable.

The post is for a period of 3 years (starting salary from £30,122 -£32,901 depending on experience), and will be supervised by Dr Sandra Telfer in the Institute of Biological and Environmental Sciences at the University of Aberdeen (http://www.abdn.ac.uk/ibes/). The appointee will join the Evolution and Ecology group (http://www.abdn.ac.uk/ibes/research/ecology).

Informal enquiries about this position can be made to Sandra Telfer (s.telfer@abdn.ac.uk). Full details of the post, and the process for online application, can be found at: www.abdn.ac.uk/jobs.  Job Reference Number: YBS576R.  Applications should be submitted by the 24th of October.
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