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Two exciting postdoc positions available in France to unravel epidemic determinants of avian influenza (H5N8) using phylodynamic models

The French Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health and Safety (Anses), the French Agricultural Research Institute (INRA) and the National Veterinary School of Toulouse (ENVT) are seeking two dynamic, enthusiastic and talented postdoctoral fellows to work on avian influenza phylodynamics. These are two exciting new positions and a thrilling opportunity to embrace a burgeoning research field.
Together, the two postdoctoral fellows will play a lead role in fitting phylodynamic models to the unprecedented epidemic of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) that occurred in France in 2016-2017 (Guinat et al., 2018). Their collaborative work will contribute to unravel transmission trees, estimate epidemic parameters, identify spread determinants and assess the impact of interventions. Ultimately, their research will provide decisive evidence to guide policy on HPAI surveillance and control.

These positions are ideally suited to people with a PhD in evolutionary biology, infectious disease epidemiology, mathematical modelling or a related quantitative discipline. The ideal candidate should be familiar with using R or BEAST2 packages. A team spirit and proficiency in academic writing and oral communication would be advantageous. Knowledge of French is not required.

Specificities of the postdoctoral position at ENVT-INRA
You will aim at applying state-of-the-art phylodynamic approaches to model the epidemiologic dynamic and the genetic drift of the HPAI H5N8 virus to estimate transmission rates and assess the impact of interventions (Stadler et al., 2013; Alizon et al., 2014; Maio et al., 2016). You will be based in the EPIDEC team of the mixed research unit ENVT-INRA “host-pathogen interaction” located at the ENVT in Toulouse, France.
Duration: 18 months (expected to start in early 2020)
Salary: 30,000-35,000 € per year depending on experience
If excited by this adventure, you are encouraged to send a CV and a cover letter to Timothée Vergne (ENVT, and Mathilde Paul (ENVT,
Closing date: 25 October 2019
Interview dates: 4-8 November 2019

Specificities of the postdoctoral position at Anses
You will aim at developing cutting-edge statistical models combining these epidemiologic and genetic datasets to infer the transmission trees and epidemic determinants (Ypma et al., 2012, 2013). You will be based at the “epidemiology, animal health and welfare” department (EPISABE) of Anses located in Ploufragan, France.
Duration: 18 months (expected to start in September 2020)
Salary: 30,000-35,000 € per year depending on experience
You are currently finalizing your PhD in the field and looking for further developments on unique epidemiologic and genetic datasets? The position is made for you! Please, send a CV and a cover letter to Mathieu Andraud (Anses,, Axelle Scoizec (Anses, and François-Xavier Briand (Anses,
Closing date: 31 December 2019

In both labs, you will benefit from a strong expertise in epidemiology, modelling and virology as well as from the national and international collaboration networks that your supervisors have developed on the transmission of infectious diseases.

National Veterinary School of Toulouse
Closing date
October 25th, 2019
Posted on
September 4th, 2019 12:00
Last updated
September 4th, 2019 12:00