13/02/2018
The Human Resources Strategy for Researchers

Post-doc position in disease spread modelling at the Spatial epidemiology Lab. (SpELL), ULB Brussels

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  • ORGANISATION/COMPANY
    Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB)
  • RESEARCH FIELD
    Agricultural sciences
    Biological sciences
    Medical sciencesVeterinary medicine
  • RESEARCHER PROFILE
    Recognised Researcher (R2)
  • APPLICATION DEADLINE
    15/04/2018 00:00 - Europe/Brussels
  • LOCATION
    Belgium › Brussels
  • TYPE OF CONTRACT
    Temporary
  • JOB STATUS
    Full-time
  • HOURS PER WEEK
    35
  • EU RESEARCH FRAMEWORK PROGRAMME
    H2020
  • REFERENCE NUMBER
    727393

Description. A 2-year post-doc position is open at the Spatial Epidemiology Lab. (SpELL, http://spell.ulb.be) to work on spatial epidemics and phylogeographic models applied to Bluetongue. The position is available immediately and eligible candidates should not have been working in Belgium for more than one year in the last three years.

Background & context. Several factors can contribute to the spread of animal diseases their relative effect can be difficult to disentangle. In this project, we aim to compare spatial epidemic models and spatial phylogeographic models in their capacity to quantify the effect of different factors on patterns of spread, using past bluetongue epidemics as study system. The research will involve the collection and integration of spatial and spatio-temporal data sets on anthropogenic (typically animal movements) and climatic and environmental (wind, temperature, rainfall, vegetation, land use / land cover) factors and their use in analysing past bluetongue epidemics in Europe using both epidemic and phylogeographic models. The position is supported by the H2020 project “Understanding pathogen, livestock, environment interactions involving bluetongue virus” (PALE-Blu, https://www.edenextdata.com), and the researcher will be expected to work and interact with the different partners of the project. The developments of the spatial modelling and spatial phylogeographic models will be supervised by M. Gilbert and S. Dellicour, respectively.

Qualifications. The candidate should hold a Ph.D. in quantitative ecology, quantitative geography, mathematical modeling or biostatistics, should have a strong interest in ecology and epidemiology, and should have demonstrated computational, communication and writing skills (English). Eligible candidates should not have been working in Belgium for more than one year in the last three years.

Application. Applications should include a cover letter, a curriculum vitae, PDFs of the 3 most representative publications, and a list of three references with email contact information.

Contact. Dr Marius Gilbert: mgilbert@ulb.ac.be

Eligibility criteria

Eligible candidates should not have been working in Belgium for more than one year in the last three years.

Selection process

A shortlist will be established based on the submitted applications, and shortlisted candidates will be interviewed in the course of March.

Required Research Experiences

  • RESEARCH FIELD
    Agricultural sciences
  • YEARS OF RESEARCH EXPERIENCE
    1 - 4

Offer Requirements

  • REQUIRED LANGUAGES
    ENGLISH: Good

Skills/Qualifications

The candidate should hold a Ph.D. in quantitative ecology, quantitative geography, mathematical modeling or biostatistics, should have a strong interest in ecology and epidemiology, and should have demonstrated computational, communication and writing skills (English).

Work location(s)
1 position(s) available at
Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB)
Belgium
Brussels
1050
50 Avenue F.D. Roosevelt

EURAXESS offer ID: 279933

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