Postdoctoral Research Associate in Infectious Disease Modelling

University of Oxford

We are currently inviting applications for a Postdoctoral Research Associate (PDRA) to work with Professor Robin Thompson at the Mathematical Institute, University of Oxford. This is a three-year, fixed-term position, funded by a research grant from the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC). We anticipate the start date for this position to be 1st April 2024 but other start dates can be negotiated. 

The successful candidate will be a member of Prof. Thompson’s research group within the Wolfson Centre for Mathematical Biology in the Mathematical Institute. The postdoctoral researcher will develop data-driven mathematical models and associated computing code for modelling avian influenza outbreaks in Great Britain. They will use the models to test a range of intervention strategies, and collaborate with members of the project team based in Oxford and elsewhere (at the University of Warwick and the UK government’s Animal and Plant Health Agency). The research undertaken in this role will be carried out under the BBSRC grant “Modelling to inform interventions during Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza outbreaks in Great Britain” (BB/X016137/1). 

The postdoctoral researcher will be expected to conduct research both independently and collaboratively with other members of the group at Oxford and elsewhere. They are expected to provide informal mentorship of doctoral students in the group. This position is well-suited to researchers with strong modelling and computational skills, and provides the opportunity for conducting research with substantial positive real-world impact. 

We proudly hold a departmental Athena SWAN Silver Award and an institutional Race Equality Charter Bronze Award, which guide our progress toward advancing racial and gender equality. As part of our strategic aim to improve staff equality and diversity, we would particularly welcome applications from women and BME candidates, who are currently under-represented in positions of this type within the department. 

Please direct informal enquiries to the contact details below quoting vacancy reference 169224. 

Applicants will be selected for interview purely based on their ability to satisfy the selection criteria as outlined in full in the job description. You will be required to upload a statement setting out how you meet the selection criteria, a curriculum vitae including a full list of publications, a statement of research interests, and the contact details of two referees as part of your online application. (NOTE: Applicants are responsible for contacting their referees and making sure that their letters are received by the closing date).

To apply for this vacancy and further information, including a job description and selection criteria, please click on the link below. 

Only applications received before 12.00 noon UK time on Friday 12 January 2024 can be considered.

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