Research Fellow, Biological Sciences (SBS091R)

This Research Fellow position offers a unique opportunity for a talented ecologist with strong statistical skills to work with an international multidisciplinary team developing rodent control strategies for rural Madagascar and Tanzania. Rodents have significant impacts on human health and well-being through the consumption of crops and stored food, and the transmission of disease. Our project is developing and testing management strategies.

School/Section: Biological Sciences
Division: Unspecified
Staff Category: Research
Position Type: Part Time
Grade: Grade 6
Salary: £33,797 - £39,152
Ref No: SBS091R
Closing Date: 06-NOV-2020


Job Description

This position will contribute primarily to evaluating how alternative rodent management strategies affect rodent population dynamics and the potential risk from rodent-borne infections. The Fellow will oversee analyses of archived data and support new empirical studies in Tanzania and Madagascar. Analyses of existing data will explore seasonal and habitat-specific relationships between rodent density and rates of reproduction and infection. The post will collaborate directly with partner institutes who will be conducting experimental rodent control studies to investigate impacts on abundance, movement patterns and infection rates. The Fellow will spend time with field teams and take primary responsibility for analysing data from the experiments. Results from analyses will then be used to parameterise spatially-realistic simulation models.

The project team is led by Dr Sandra Telfer and includes the Universities of Aberdeen, St Andrews and Greenwich, and four research institutes from Madagascar and Tanzania. This position will also actively contribute to the management and implementation of this multi-site project through participation in team meetings, capacity building activities and public and stakeholder engagement

As this appointment is externally funded it is available for up to 48 months. Please note this will vary depending on the appointment being full or part-time.

Any appointment will be made subject to satisfactory references and a 12 month probation period.

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Should you require a visa to undertake paid employment in the UK you will be required to fulfil the minimum points criteria to be granted a Certificate of Sponsorship and Tier 2 visa. As appropriate, at the time an offer of appointment is made you will be asked to demonstrate that you fulfil the criteria in respect of qualifications and competency in English. Please do not hesitate to contact Natalie Reid, HR Adviser on email for further information.

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The closing date for receipt of applications is 6 November 2020

Should you wish to make an informal enquiry please contact

Dr Sandra Telfer

01224 272651

Please do not send application forms or CVs to Dr Telfer

Please quote reference number SBS091R  on all correspondence

The University pursues a policy of equal opportunities in the appointment and promotion of staff.

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