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Project looking at the diversity of dengue and other arboviruses within Thailand over the last 50 years

The Pathogen Dynamics Group, located within the Department of Genetics at the University of Cambridge is looking for a full-time Research Associate to work on a study exploring the spread of arboviruses, funded through the European Research Council (ERC). This is a highly multi-disciplinary and collaborative project with the goal of characterizing the diversity of arboviruses (especially dengue, Zika and chikungunya) within a single setting (Thailand) over the past fifty years, identifying drivers of change, including the role of immunity, demographic change and human mobility.

This position will be based in Cambridge with Dr. Henrik Salje at Cambridge University but the successful applicant will also work with partners at Walter Reed, the Thai Ministry of Public Health and the University of Florida. The ideal applicant will have quantitative skills in epidemiology or ecology, as well as a strong interest in public health, ideally in low-income settings, and an established record of productive research. Individuals with strong experience of analysing pathogen genomes are strongly encouraged to apply.

The successful applicant will analyse existing and prospective datasets related to arbovirus ecology in Thailand, including thousands of viral sequences that cover all four dengue serotypes over the last fifty years. The specific focus of these analyses can be determined, at least in part, by the individual's experience and interests.

The Pathogen Dynamics Group at the University of Cambridge uses and develops statistical and mathematical approaches to analyse different data types, to help our understanding of how pathogens spread in populations, assess control efforts and support policy making. We work closely with an established network of collaborators across laboratories, field-based epidemiologists, hospitals and public health agencies. More details can be found on our website.

University of Cambridge
United Kingdom
Closing date
March 6th, 2020
Posted on
February 7th, 2020 09:22
Last updated
February 7th, 2020 09:22