University of Zürich – Post Doc or PhD position in Economics of Animal Health

Post Doc or PhD position in Economics of Animal Health

Job Location: Zurich, Switzerland
Closing date: Thursday, December 31, 2020 – 23:45
PhD position or Postdoc Position

We are looking to fill a position at either PhD or postdoc level in the economics of animal health. The focus of the project is the Global Burden of Animal Diseases (GBAD). Livestock are part of an economic system therefore the evaluation of the burden of animal disease must be placed in an economic context that captures not just farm level effects but livelihood and wider economy impacts as well as externalities related to the environment and human health.

GBADs is a large collaborative project with a consortium of 16 partners coordinated by the World Organisation for Animal Health and the University of Liverpool with funding from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and UK’s Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office. More details of the project can be found at: https://animalhealthmetrics.org

The successful candidate will develop models for the optimum production of various livestock systems at farm level. This will form the basis of the “Animal Health Loss Envelope”, which is essentially the difference between an idealized farming system where there are no net losses in livestock production and no expenditure on animal health due due to disease or suboptimal nutrition and the actual levels of productivity observed in these systems. The difference is hypothesized to be due to losses due to diseases and other avoidable constraints on animal production. To achieve this aim it will be necessary to undertake systematic searches for relevant data, data base analysis and economic modelling of livestock systems. This will include detailed analysis of farm budgets and losses due to morbidity and premature mortality of farm livestock. The literature on the economic impacts of different livestock diseases will be examined in order to attribute shares of the loss envelope to diseases and to other causes of health loss, such as nutrition and accidents.

 

Your profile

Applicants should have a background or experience in the economics of animal health and quantitative analysis. The project includes the handling and statistical analysis of data and experience with statistical analysis would be useful (eg R statistical computing). Knowledge of animal diseases such as through a veterinary background would be an advantage. A postdoc would be expected to have a PhD in an area relevant to this project. A PhD student would be expected to have a Master degree in a subject such as (veterinary) epidemiology or (animal) health economics.

A high standard of written and spoken English is essential.

The successful candidate will be based in the Section of Veterinary Epidemiology in the Vetsuisse Faculty, University of Zürich, Switzerland. For a PhD student the contract is initially for 3 years and he/she will be supervised by Paul Torgerson (University of Zürich) and Alexandra Shaw (University of Edinburgh).

 

What we offer

We offer a stimulating and supportive work environment that provides plenty of opportunities to develop an academic career. If recruited as a PhD student, you will join the either the Graduate School through the MNF Faculty University of Zürich or the Vetsuisse Faculty Zürich/Bern. The position for a PhD student is initially for 3 years, whilst a post doc would be for an initial period of 2 years. However, the vision of GBAD is for a longer term project with a review of funding and likely extension after 2 years. Thus there may be opportunities for longer term employment following the initial contract period.

Interested candidates should contact either Professor Paul Torgerson, email: paul.torgerson@uzh.ch or Professor Alexandra Shaw, email: alex@apconsultants.co.uk

 

Announcement (link): http://www.vetepi.uzh.ch
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PhD position/Graduate Research Assistantship in the area of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology

Application Deadline: Saturday, March 14, 2020
Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)
 

About This PhD Project

Project Description

The Laboratory of Lung Inflammation, Department of Pathobiology, College of Veterinary Medicine at Auburn University have opening for highly motivated PhD candidate/ Graduate Research Assistant to work on NIH-funded research project in the area of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology.

The position serve a great opportunity for doctoral training in the cutting-edge research techniques including transgenic mice, flow cytometry, imaging and omics. Suitable candidate must have a degree in veterinary medicine or biomedical sciences, strong research interest in molecular and translational biology, and immunology. Hands-on working experience with disease models in rodents are a plus. Preference will be given to candidates with previous research experience. International candidates must be fluent in English. To check the admission requirements of the program please visit

https://www.vetmed.auburn.edu/education/graduate-students/.

Applications, including (a) a cover letter, describing your experience, research and professional interests and career goals, (b) curriculum vitae, (c) unofficial transcripts and (d) contact information of three professional/academic references, should be sent in a single pdf file. Please send the application package directly to Dr. Amarjit Mishra (). The screening and selection process is currently underway and will continue until positions are filled. Should review of your qualifications result in a decision to pursue your candidacy, you will be contacted.

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Real-time clinical decision support for individual pets; obesity and Diabetes (Liverpool). Part of SAVSNET Agile: responsive data intelligence for canine health.

Application Deadline: Friday, June 28, 2019

Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

About This PhD Project

Project Description

The Small Animal Veterinary Surveillance Network (SAVSNET) collects large volumes of anonymised health records from a sentinel network of UK veterinary practitioners in real-time (savsnet.co.uk). Recently, we have used these data to describe antibiotic prescription in veterinary practice, to look at the seasonality of important parasites like ticks and flystrike. We also publish surveillance reports regularly in the Veterinary record. Data is fed back to participants in the form of anonymised benchmarks.
With Dogs Trust support, we are now advertising three PhDs to join an exciting interdisciplinary project based in leading research groups. The aim of this project (SAVSNET-Agile) is to speed up the flow of meaningful research surveillance measures so that they can be actioned in a clinically relevant time frame to improve individual and population canine health. These interlinked PhDs are i) in rapid statistical analysis of large data streams for anomalies (University of Lancaster), ii) in providing rapid decision support to clinicians to help better manage chronic disease (Liverpool – this PhD) and iii) developing a novel national framework to respond effectively to significant events like outbreaks in dogs (Bristol / Animal Health Trust). These PhDs will work closely together and with the rest of the SAVSNET team including software development and machine learning capability.
Clinical records represent a huge un-tapped resource for modelling clinical outcomes associated with patient characteristics and clinical history. In this specific PhD, we will identify groups of patients that are obese or have been diagnosed with diabetes mellitus and using these we will develop computer and statistical techniques to identify patient phenotypes associated with these conditions. The models produced will be tested for their ability to predict clinical outcomes with a view to incorporating them into real-time clinical support.

The successful candidate will be based at the University of Liverpool Leahurst Campus but will also spend time in Liverpool and possibly Manchester University. The candidate will learn a range of statistical (primarily using R) and software skills (primarily using the Python programming language) required to identify relevant clinical records and automate annotation of these records for the key clinical features that will allow modelling and prediction of clinical outcomes of diabetes and obesity.

This project will allow a clinically or para-clinically trained applicant to acquire the technical skills required to apply their clinical knowledge to this exciting challenge. Alternatively, a computer science or statistics graduate will be able to hone their data-mining/modelling skills in a health informatics setting.

This exciting PhD will complement the work of the other PhDs at Lancaster and Bristol, the wider SAVSNET team and the Dogs Trust, to transform the way big data is used in veterinary practice, surveillance and research when confronted with important canine disease.
During the PhD, there will be regular meetings to link the work of the three PhDs into the wider SAVSNET team, and to the Dogs Trust,
As well as traditional research publications, the results of this degree will feed directly back to practitioners through existing benchmarking sites. This will ensure the results of this work are rapidly translated into best veterinary practice.
The three-year project will be based at the University of Liverpool Leahurst campus, and is expected to start around September 2019. A student stipend of up to £20,000 is available for this project. All necessary postgraduate fees will also be covered at a UK / European rate. International (none-EU) students are welcome to apply but must be able to fund the difference between UK/EU and international tuition fees.

For enquiries please contact:
Dr P-J.M.Noble ()
Professor A.J.German ()

When applying via: http://www.liverpool.ac.uk/savsnet. Please give the names and addresses of two people who have agreed to act as referees on your behalf and provide their references. Referees should not be related to you.

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Rapid response to anomaly detection: a national framework for dealing with canine disease outbreaks. Part of SAVSNET Agile: responsive data intelligence for canine health.

Bristol Veterinary School, University of Bristol
Application Deadline: Monday, July 01, 2019
Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

About This PhD Project

Project Description

The project:

The Small Animal Veterinary Surveillance Network (SAVSNET) collects large volumes of anonymised health records from a sentinel network of UK veterinary practitioners in real-time (savsnet.co.uk).
With Dogs Trust support, we are now advertising three PhDs to join an exciting interdisciplinary project based in leading research groups. The aim of this project is to speed up the flow of meaningful research surveillance measures so that they can be actioned in a clinically relevant time frame to improve individual and population canine health.

How should stakeholders respond when a disease threat is detected in UK dogs, and who should lead this response? Currently, action (if any) is usually haphazard and subject to significant time lags. This Bristol / Animal Health Trust PhD project will create an action framework able to deal with identified endemic and emerging disease threats in the national canine population. The student will work closely with key national stakeholders to define priorities for disease surveillance and pathways to potential “ownership” of diseases. The response framework will initially review the previous response of AHT to characterise Seasonal Canine Illness and will be further validated using Cutaneous and Renal Glomerular Vasculopathy as a case study.

The PhD student will gain expertise on qualitative and quantitative epidemiology including disease surveillance, and on data science. The student will also learn to build statistical models and use R language.

This three-year studentship will be mainly based in Langford Campus of the Bristol Veterinary School, but will spend periods at AHT, near Newmarket, Suffolk, and is expected to start around September 2019.
During the PhD there will be regular meetings to link the work of the three PhDs into the wider SAVSNET team, and to the Dogs Trust.

How to apply:

When applying via: http://www.bris.ac.uk/pg-howtoapply. Please select ‘Faculty of Health Sciences’ and then ‘Veterinary Sciences_(PhD)’ on the Programme Choice page and enter details of the studentship when prompted in the Funding and Research Details sections of the form
Please give the names and addresses of two people who have agreed to act as referees on your behalf and provide their references. Referees should not be related to you.

Candidate requirements:

We welcome applications from outstanding and motivated students with an undergraduate degree (2i or higher) in veterinary science or other related area. The candidate should have understanding of epidemiological principles relating to disease surveillance, enthusiasm for data science and excellent interpersonal and communication skills. This PhD is particularly suited for those with an interest in mixed approaches to epidemiology wanting to implement health policy change. Standard University of Bristol eligibility rules apply. Please visit http://www.bristol.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/2018/health-sciences/phd-veterinary-sciences for more information.

Contacts:

Dr Fernando Sánchez-Vizcaíno ()

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Doctoral Studentship (PhD): Declining Male Fertility: Investigations of plausible environmental risk factors in the Racehorse Breeding Stallion

Hartpury University

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Gloucester
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students
Funding amount: £13,000 per annum (stipend)
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 9th May 2019
Closes: 7th June 2019
Placed On: 9th May 2019
Closes: 7th June 2019

The aim of this studentship is to assess the fertility potential of breeding stallions and explore a possible environmental aetiology. We aim to assess whether the management practices of the breeding stallion are a potential cause for reproductive perturbations. This body of research shall investigate if chemicals are present amongst a variety of samples associated with management of the thoroughbred breeding stallion. In addition, where possible, the genomic and non-genomic effects of any investigated chemicals shall be tested on endocrine and sperm function in vitro. These data shall provide a putative understanding of the future fertility potential of the breeding stallion.

For more information and for an initial discussion please contact Dr Rebecca Sumner rebecca.sumner@hartpury.ac.uk

Description of studentship:

Hartpury is pleased to be offering three fully funded studentship to start on 1 October 2019. This studentship will be based in the Equine Performance Research Arena at University Centre, Hartpury. This is a unique and exciting opportunity to become part of new Postgraduate Community in an idyllic rural setting, with world leading facilities undertaking impactful and cutting-edge practice-based and industry related research. University of the West of England is the awarding body for this degree.
Studentships comprise tuition fees at home / EU rates and a stipend of GBP 13k per year tenable for 3 years. Alongside their research projects, successful candidates will be asked (as a condition of their stipend) to deliver up to 7 hours per week teaching or research support within the department in which the PhD is hosted.

PhD Studentship Selection Criteria:

The following criteria will be taken into account when considering applications:

  • The strength of your professional and academic profile, as demonstrated through previous study and/or professional experience
  • The quality, invention and viability of ideas relating to the research project you are applying for
  • The contribution you are able to make to the Hartpury research community and your host department, in terms of both research and teaching

Candidates should also be aware of the following:

The normal expectation is that applicants will hold at least a 2:1 or a Masters qualification from a UK university or a degree of comparable standing from a university outside the UK. The candidate’s degree relevant to the studentship should demonstrate their potential for practice-led research or alternative evidence of research aptitude.

Applicants whose first language is not English require a recognised English language qualification. The minimum entry requirement is GCSE English at grade C or above or IELTS score 7.0 or TOEFL score 600 (or demonstrable equivalent).

Applying for a PhD studentship

To apply for a PhD studentship you must send the following documents to Human.Resources@hartpury.ac.uk:

  • A curriculum vitae (maximum 2 pages)
  • A covering letter outlining your suitability for the studentship
  • A recent piece of critical writing you have completed (max 3000 words)

If English is not your first language, certification of English language qualification

Applications that do not arrive by Midnight (UK time) on Friday 7 June will not be considered.

If your application is selected. You will be invited for interview on Wednesday 19 June. All applicants must ensure their availability on this date.

Key dates

  • 7 June 2019: Deadline for submission of applications
  • 14 June 2019: Interview invitations sent to shortlisted candidates*
  • 19 June 2019: Interviews at Hartpury
  • 28 June 2019: Studentships announced
  • 5 July 2019: Deadline for accepting studentship
  • 1 October 2019: Studentship begins

* Please note that by submitting an application you are confirming your availability to interview on 19 June.

We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We will ensure that all our recruitment and selection practices reflect this commitment. All successful candidates will be subject to Disclosure and Barring Service checks along with other relevant employment checks.

Hartpury values a diverse workforce and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.

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