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Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Evolutionary Epidemiology of Avian Malaria

Salary: Grade 7: Salary in the range 30,738 - 32,600 p.a.

The Department of Zoology is looking to appoint a Postdoctoral Research position in the evolutionary epidemiology of avian malaria is available on an ERC funded project to investigate host-parasite interactions. Plasmodium parasites, the causative agent of human malaria, also infect a wide range of other organisms, including more than 200 species of birds, reptiles and mammals. Quantifying signatures of selection in natural populations offer a rich opportunity to understand the spectrum of malaria adaptations, explore evolutionary trajectories within hosts, and implications for pathogen evolution. This project will focus on identifying and quantifying adaptations to malaria in a well-studied population of Great Tits in Wytham Woods.

The successful candidate will be expected to develop protocols and analysis genetic data from Great Tits and plasmodium parasites, they will also have to manage own academic research activities and prepare and present papers to conferences and workshops.

The candidate will be expected to have a PhD in ecology, epidemiology, or evolutionary biology, and have strong programming, laboratory, quantitative, and communication skills. Previous experience in malaria and wildlife diseases would be highly desirable. The post is funded as part of an ERC Advanced Investigator Award on “The Evolution of Host and Pathogen Diversity”.

This is a fixed-term post until 31 May 2017.

The closing date for applications is 12.00 noon on Friday 17 June 2016. All applications have to be made online.

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