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Ecology Job | Postdoctoral Position @ University Of Antwerp, Belgium: Postdoctoral researcher area of Ecology of infections – 2016BAPFWETEF142. The University of Antwerp is a family-friendly organization, with a focus on equal opportunities and diversity. Our HR-policy for researchers was awarded by the European Commission with the quality label ‘HR Excellence in research’. Ecology Job | Postdoctoral Position @ University Of Antwerp

Ecology Job | Postdoctoral Position @ University Of Antwerp, Belgium

The Faculty of Sciences is seeking to fill a full-time (100%) vacancy in the Department of Biology for a postdoctoral researcher in the area of Ecology of infections.

Our team in the Evolutionary Ecology Group (http://www.uantwerpen.be/eveco) is studying the ecology of infections in free-living populations of small mammals, mostly rodents. The pathogens we focus on include mainly viruses (hantaviruses, arenaviruses, filoviruses, poxviruses) and bacteria (Yersinia pestis, Leptospira, Borrelia). Our main research question is how the ecology and evolution of the hosts affects the transmission, ecology and evolution of the pathogens, and vice versa. We are particularly interested in the temporal and spatial dynamics of these host-pathogen systems. We are part of the Consortium of Excellence ASCID (Antwerp Study Centre for Infectious Diseases).

We have an open position for a postdoc for 2 or 3 years, in a project “Ecology of Lassa virus and related arenaviruses in the natural host Mastomys natalensis.” Arenaviruses are RNA viruses with in most cases rodents as natural host. Lassa virus causes Lassa fever, a disease that is endemic in West Africa. Control measures aiming at reducing the virus prevalence in the rodent population could reduce the risk of rodent-to-human transmission. However, the course of infection, the dynamics of virus-rodent interaction, and modes of virus transmission among the rodents are poorly understood. Therefore, a major objective of this research project is to enhance knowledge on rodent-virus ecology to develop, in future, rodent-based intervention strategies that are applicable in the endemic area. In East Africa, other arenaviruses are found in Mastomys natalensis: those are not pathogenic to humans but can be studied as a model system for Lassa virus.

The project involves both fieldwork and analyses of existing long-term data and samples. For the present position, the focus will be on the modelling work, but field activities in Africa and lab experiments in our biosafety animal facility can be included as well.

Job description

  • You contribute to research in the field of ecology of infections, in the described project, but also linking to other similar and fundamental work in the group.
  • You will take the daily lead of the project, develop the scientific questions and study design in collaboration with the project leader.
  • You participate in an international network of fellow scientists.
  • You co-supervise master and PhD students and other team members next to which you may also fulfill a (small) educational task/lecturing duty.
  • Part of your job will be project management, the organization and management of project applications and the search for continued external funding.

Profile and requirements

  • You hold a doctorate degree (PhD) in a relevant field.
  • You have a strong cv and excellent proven skills in statistical and mathematical modelling of dynamic systems, preferably in ecology or epidemiology.
  • Field experience would be a bonus.
  • Your academic qualities comply with the requirements stipulated in the university’s policy.
  • The focus in your teaching corresponds to the educational vision of the university.
  • You are quality-oriented, conscientious, creative and cooperative.
  • You have strong communication skills.
  • You are fluent in academic English (speaking and writing).

We offer

  • an appointment as a postdoctoral researcher for a period of two or three years (depending on your tax situation), with a possibility of renewal depending on external funding;
  • the date of appointment is 1 September 2016 or soon thereafter;
  • a full time gross monthly salary ranging from € 3.896,31 – € 6.074,02 or a net monthly grant ranging from € 1.903,00 – € 3.125,00 (depending on seniority and tax situation)
  • a dynamic and stimulating work environment.

How to apply?

  • Applications may only be submitted online, and should include a copy of your CV and a cover letter, until the closing date 15 June 2016.
  • A pre-selection will be made from amongst the submitted applications.
  • The remainder of the selection procedure is specific to the position and will be determined by the selection panel.
  • More information about the application form can be obtained from Myra De Munck (Tel. +32 (0)3 265 32 24).
  • For questions about the profile and the description of duties, please contact Prof. dr. Herwig Leirs (herwig.leirs@uantwerpen.be)

Ecology Job | Postdoctoral Position @ University Of Antwerp, Belgium

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