Denmark : PhD scholarship in Veterinary Epidemiology

Section for Epidemiology at the Veterinary Institute presently employs 13 staff members, (one professor, four senior researchers, one researcher, three post docs and four PhD students). We are presently made up of four nationalities, and our working language is English. Our section is rapidly growing. Our research is focussed on simulation spread models of infectious diseases and antibiotic resistance. The Vector Group in the section is also responsible for the active surveillance of vectors and tick borne diseases, and therefore operates a small laboratory. The Vector Group is partner in EDENext, EMIDA-VICE, TickTools and VectorNet. Our working environment is enthusiastic, creative, friendly and super informal.

Responsibilities and tasks
Your job is to focus on developing spatial distribution models for insect vectors in Denmark and Europe and spatial models for tick borne diseases in Denmark. Both zoonotic and veterinary diseases are targeted. The methods will be focussed on spatial statistical models based on environmental parameters (not biological R0 models) and disease registers. Your two project aims are:

1. to produce national quantitative spatial models of tick borne diseases for decision makers (both public sector and agriculture) based on environmental parameters and remote sensing data
2. to produce both national and European spatial abundance models of insect vectors (mosquitoes and Culicoides) for further use in the Vector Groups risk assessments.

You will work closely with a parallel PhD project in dynamic biological modelling of insect borne diseases and with international partners.
The work will focus on developing and programming novel spatial disease and vector distribution models in GIS, R and specialised software (e.g. random forest algorithms). Some field work may be required. We are looking for candidates with GIS knowledge, programming skills, statistical modelling experience, knowledge of quantitative epidemiology/vector biology/veterinary or human medicine, IT skills, good English and good communication skills. The project will start in autumn 2014.

Qualifications
Candidates should have a master’s degree in engineering or a similar degree with an academic level equivalent to the master’s degree in engineering.

Approval and Enrolment
The scholarships for the PhD degree are subject to academic approval, and the candidates will be enrolled in one of the general degree programmes of DTU. For information about the general requirements for enrolment and the general planning of the scholarship studies, please see the DTU PhD Guide.

Assessment
The assessment of the applicants will be made by Professor Nils Toft and by René Bødker.

We offer
We offer an interesting and challenging job in an international environment focusing on education, research, public-sector consultancy and innovation, which contribute to enhancing the economy and improving social welfare. We strive for academic excellence, collegial respect and freedom tempered by responsibility. The Technical University of Denmark (DTU) is a leading technical university in northern Europe and benchmarks with the best universities in the world.

Salary and appointment terms
The salary and appointment terms are consistent with the current rules for PhD degree students. The period of employment is 3 years.

The workplace is Bülowsvej 27, 1870 Frederiksberg C (in Copenhagen city).

Further information
Further information may be obtained from René Bødker, +45 3588 6366.

Please do not send applications to this e-mail address, instead apply online as described below.

You can read more about DTU Veterinary Institute on www.vet.dtu.dk

Application
Please submit your online application no later than 15 October 2014.

Applications must be submitted as one pdf file containing all materials to be given consideration. To apply, please open the link “Apply online,” fill in the online application form, and attach all your materials in English in one pdf file. The file must include:

  • A letter motivating the application (cover letter)
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Grade transcripts and BSc/MSc diploma
  • Excel sheet with translation of grades to the Danish grading system (see guidelines and excel spreadsheet here)

Candidates may apply prior to obtaining their master’s degree, but cannot begin before having received it.

All interested candidates irrespective of age, gender, race, disability, religion or ethnic background are encouraged to apply.

Application Deadline : 15 October 2014

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