University of Oslo PhD Research Fellowship in Plague Wildlife and Urban Transmission Modelling
A PhD Research Fellow position is available at the Centre for Ecological and Evolutionary Synthesis (CEES)., The fellowship will be for a period of 3 years with no compulsory teaching work. Tentative starting date as soon as possible, but no later than 1 June 2016.
The main objective of the PhD project is to create computational models that reconstruct the spread of plague across Eurasia in historic times. This will involve both simulating the spread of plague through rodent ecosystems, and simulating human-mediated spread within and between cities and settlements, in metapopulation type epidemiological models. As the actual transmission route of plague is not clear yet (neither within cities, between cities, or over longer distances in the wilderness), the PhD candidate will have the unique opportunity to significantly contribute to the field of plague research by exploring the boundaries and constraints of different transmission modalities. The candidate will test the defining characteristics of different disease transmission models against historic human outbreak data and recent wildlife rodent surveillance data. The candidate will determine which modes of transmission were more likely (and under which conditions), and collaborate with the team at CEES on how these more likely models can be tested, for example by their differentiating effect on an ancient DNA-based phylogenetic tree of plague.
The successful candidate will work day to day with experts on plague from the fields of mathematical biology, ecology, evolution, history and physiology, and be in close interaction and collaboration with the molecular biology and ancient-DNA focused team of "MedPlag: The medieval plagues: ecology, transmission modalities and routes of the infections" (see http://www.mn.uio.no/cees/english/research/projects/650125/).
Position code 1017, Pay grade: 50 - 57 (NOK 429 700 – 482 800 per year)
The application must include
Application letter including a statement of interest, summarizing your scientific work and interests and describing how you fit the description of the person we seek.
- CV (summarizing education, positions and academic experience).
- Copies of educational certificates (bachelor and master), and transcript of records.
- 2 names and contact details of references (name, relation to candidate, e-mail and telephone number).
- A 3 page proposal where the candidate sets outs his/hers plans on how to fulfil the objective.
- Academic publications (if any, up to 3) or a master thesis may be included to be considered by the evaluation committee.
Foreign applicants are advised to attach an explanation of their University’s grading system. Please remember that all documents should be in English or a Scandinavian language.
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