Postdoc in risk factors underlying outbreaks of harmful behaviour and infectious disease

A post-doctoral position is available to study the genetic basis and identify other risk factors underlying outbreaks of harmful behaviour and infectious disease in aquatic and terrestrial livestock populations. The post is a joint position between the laboratories of Professors Andrea Wilson and Ross Houston, based at The Roslin Institute, University of Edinburgh.

The post is part of a long-term project on animal welfare in collaboration with SRUC and also to a large BBSRC-funded project led by the University of Stirling which studies the impact of Recirculating Aquaculture Systems on performance and health of salmon at sea. This post will involve estimation of genetic parameters, studying of genotype by environment interaction, and application of epidemiological risk assessment models to estimate the influence of early-life conditions and other risk factors on the prevalence of infectious disease and harmful social interactions at the population level.

The successful candidate will be expected to have a PhD or be near to completing a PhD in a related field (ie. quantitative genetics / epidemiology / statistics). They will require experience of quantitative genetic analyses, including genotype by environment interaction and statistical data analysis. Project management experience and a track record of successful oral and written communication of scientific results in a related field are also essential.

This post will offer the opportunity to work in a rapidly developing area of aquaculture genetics and disease. The successful candidate will have the chance to collaborate with several leading academic and industry scientists and to present results at (inter)national meetings and conferences.

This is a fixed term post until 31 December 2021.

Salary: £33,797 to £40,322

Closing date: 28/09/2020

Further information can be found here.