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Post doctoral position: Quantitative epidemiologist

Quantitative Epidemiologist (closing date 31st Jan 2019 provisionally)

This is an exciting opportunity for a quantitative epidemiologist to join a vibrant veterinary epidemiology research group (www.eeragroup.org) based in the Roslin Institute, University of Edinburgh. You will work with a large, multi-disciplinary team in the EPIC consortium, which contains epidemiologists, mathematical modellers, statisticians, social scientists and economists as well as experts in livestock diseases. The current position (2 years) will work on livestock disease surveillance (topic 3) in a range of areas that include analysis to add value to existing data collections; developing statistical approaches to integrate and analyse surveillance datasets; developing tools to detect changes in population characteristics and developing risk based approaches to disease surveillance. There is considerable scope to develop new strands of work within the existing framework and the post-holder will be expected to participate in the development of other projects within EPIC, as well as future projects.

The successful candidate will have formal epidemiological/statistical training to PhD level with, ideally, 2 years post doc experience. They must work well within a team, have good communication skills and be comfortable working with and presenting to both scientists and government policy makers while being able to drive their own research within the remit of the project. Experience in implementing Bayesian graphical models, or related statistical methodologies, in R or other statistical platforms, would be highly desirable. Knowledge of the Scottish and European livestock industry would be an advantage. The current post is funded until March 2021 but we would anticipate extension if a new 5 year programme were commissioned by Scottish Government.

Mark Bronsvoort

Economics and Risk Assessment Group

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