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Assistant Professor in Infection Epidemiology: will focus on modelling the spread of infectious agents in livestock populations and food

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Ideally German-speaking!

Assistant Professor in Infection Epidemiology
The University of Veterinary Medicine, Vienna, is active in both teaching and research, as well as providing veterinary services for ensuring animal health in Austria. These tasks represent our contribution to maintaining the health of humans and their animal companions as well as to producing healthy food.

To meet these objectives, the Department for Farm Animals and Veterinary Public Health is recruiting for the position of
Assistant Professor in Infection Epidemiology
We are seeking an individual to represent the area of Infection Epidemiology in Veterinary Public Health at the University of Veterinary Medicine, Vienna covering both research and teaching aspects. The assistant professorship will be based in the Unit Veterinary Public Health and Epidemiology in the newly established Institute of Food Safety, Food Technology and Veterinary Public Health, with its advanced teaching and research facilities.

The position of the assistant professor is regulated by a performance agreement (according to § 27 of the collective contract (Kollektivvertrag) for university employees). The contract is first limited to a duration of 4 years, with the potential for a permanent contract at a level of associate professor after a positive evaluation of the performance agreement goals.

Grade: A2 according to § 49 (2) of collective contract for university employees
Level of employment: 40 hours
Length of employment: 4 years (with potential for a permanent position after positive evaluation)
Deadline for applications: 31 March, 2019

The successful candidate is expected to expand the research focus in the area of Infection Epidemiology. The research profile of the assistant professorship will mainly focus on the modelling the spread of infectious agents in livestock populations and foods thereof considering new approaches like genomic epidemiology, network analysis and big data analysis. The approaches should consider possible threat scenarios and their related risks for livestock production as well as the improvement of national risk management capacities. Establishment of an internationally recognized research profile supported by third-party funding is expected.
Close networking within the institute, with subject-related institutes and clinics at the Vetmeduni Vienna campus, as well as with other establishments in Austria and in other EU Member States is expected.
Teaching duties of the position include independent lecturing in the relevant Veterinary Medicine programs of the University. Emphasis should be given to application of new teaching methods (including e-learning) in the represented research area.

Required qualifications:
University degree in Veterinary Medicine and further PhD study or doctoral thesis
Understanding of the European legislation related to animal health and food safety
Proven research activity in the area of modelling the spread of infectious agents in populations
Experience with various epidemiological-statistical methods as well the interpretation of results of modern molecular and bioinformatic data
Teaching experience
Fluency in English (minimum B2)

Execution of independent research activities with a strong focus on intra- and extramural collaboration
Preparation of research grants and recruitment of third party funding
Establishment and management of a research group in infection epidemiology
Supervision of under- and postgraduates
Development of new teaching material including e-learning material, teaching and examination duties
Participation in the management activities of the institute
Active contribution to the strategic goals of the unit and institute

Member of the European College of Veterinary Public Health (ECVPH)
Didactic skills
Ability to work in a team and to network
Outstanding social and communication skills
Good knowledge of the German Language (candidates with a foreign mother language are expected to speak German fluently (minimum B2) after 2-3 years)

Early career faculty
University of Veterinary Medicine (Vetmeduni Vienna)
Closing date
March 31st, 2019
Posted on
March 25th, 2019 14:11
Last updated
March 25th, 2019 14:11