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Aquatic Epidemiology (Investigation of spread of infectious salmon anemia in farmed salmon)

The Atlantic Veterinary College (AVC) at the University of Prince Edward Island (UPEI) is seeking a highly qualified applicant for a PhD student position in aquatic epidemiology to work on a funded research project. The successful individual will join a multi-disciplinary team of epidemiologists, data science modelers, statisticians, microbiologists, and ecosystem health specialists, whose work focuses on holistic approaches to assist the Canadian and international aquaculture and fishery sector improve the productivity, sustainability, and the health of aquatic food animals. This particular PhD work will focus on investigating the within and between farm spread of infectious salmon anemia virus in Atlantic Canada using statistical and simulation models.

This PhD student assignment is expected to start in September 2022 and run for three years. A competitive stipend will be offered on a per annum basis for the duration of the assignment. Questions about the position should be forwarded to Dr. Krishna Thakur by emailing Wendy Campbell-McKinnon (

The selected candidate must have:
• A Master’s degree in the biological or veterinary sciences, (the exceptional and the well-motivated candidate with an undergraduate degree may be accepted but such candidate needs to register as a Master’s student at the beginning of their program)
• Interest and background in statistical and epidemiological methods
• Proficiency in at least one statistical analysis and/or scientific programming language (e.g. Stata, R, Python) is beneficial but not required
• Experience with aquatic animal diseases is desirable
• Experience of working in a multidisciplinary group with demonstrated abilities to communicate with individuals from diverse backgrounds is expected
• Must be self-motivated and able to work both independently, and as an effective partner within the team

Please submit electronically a cover letter, a resume, and reference list, a copy of transcripts, and IELTS or TOEFL score (if applicable) to be received no later than the closing date to Wendy Campbell-McKinnon (
In accordance with Canadian immigration requirements, all qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority. The University of Prince Edward Island is committed to gender equity in employment.

The closing date for application is May 2nd, 2022, or until a suitable candidate is identified.

PhD position
University of Prince Edward Island
Closing date
May 2nd, 2022
Posted on
April 14th, 2022 20:58
Last updated
April 14th, 2022 20:58