Scholarship in Epidemiology of Cestode Zoonoses, UK

Deadline: 24 July 2011
Open to: for everybody who performs specification
Salary: £29,972 – £35,788

Wellcome Trust project funded Research Position at College of Science and Technology, University of Salford, United Kingdom.
The post will provide a major part of fieldwork support for a collaborative research project to investigate the role of dogs in the transmission of echinococcosis in Tibetan pastoral communities in western China. The post-doctorate and/or veterinary scientist will be responsible for liaising with Chinese, Swiss (and Kyrgyz) collaborators, planning, logistics and undertaking dog dosing and sampling in remote endemic pastoral communities.


  • Hold an honours degree in a bioscience/life science or related field .
  • Hold a PhD or Veterinary degree (with 2 yrs post grad experience) in epidemiology, parasite transmission, or veterinary public health

The candidate must perform these specifications:


  • Hold an honours degree in a bioscience/life science or related field
  • Hold a PhD or Veterinary degree (with 2 yrs post grad experience) in epidemiology,parasite transmission, or veterinary public health

Background and Experience

  • Experience of analysis of epidemiological data
  • Field experience in parasite epidemiology
  • Experience of fieldwork in resource-poor communities
  • Experience of report and/or manuscript preparation, papers published


  • Epidemiology of parasitic and/or other infectious diseases
  • Data handling and analysis, quantitative skills

Skills and Competencies

  • Evidence of ability to plan, implement, produce and present research
  • Ability to undertake fieldwork in dog-owning pastoral communities
  • Evidence of successful team work, independent work and self-organisation


  • To undertake overseas fieldwork activities primarily in western China (but also probably in Kyrgystan), in relation to canine echinococcosis and transmission of human alveolar and cystic hydatid disease.
  • To plan and carry out prevalence and longitudinal follow-up studies of owned dogs in high altitude Tibetan pastoral communities.
  • To analyse canine and human prevalence data (serological and ultrasound data) and geospatial data in relation to parasite frequencies, reinfection rates and distribution; to maintain data sets.
  • To oversee laboratory based testing/data sets at Salford, and to liaise with Chinese scientists in the field/study communities. To communicate and collaborate with Kyrgyz, European and Japanese co-investigators.
  • To prepare written reports, scientific journal papers and conference or workshop presentations.
  • Bring to the attention of managers any matters relating to the health and safety of staff, students and visitors.
  • Engage with the University’s commitment to deliver value for money services that optimise the use of resources by maintaining a cost conscious approach when undertaking all duties and aspects of the role
  • Promote equality and diversity for students and staff and sustain an inclusive and supportive study and work environment in accordance with University policy.


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