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Research Fellow in Molecular Parasitology

School of Veterinary Medicine

Location:  Guildford
Salary:  £32,236 to £34,189 per annum
Fixed Term (up until 01/09/2020)
Post Type:  Full Time
Advert Placed:  Thursday 10 January 2019
Closing Date:  Sunday 27 January 2019
Interview Date:  Wednesday 13 February 2019
Reference:  079018-R

An exciting opportunity for a postdoctoral Research Fellow with a background in parasitology, and molecular biology has become available in the School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Surrey. This fixed-term post is available from 2nd January 2019 and will last for 20 months.

The post holder will be working with Dr Martha Betson, Dr Arnoud van Vliet and colleagues on a new project funded by the MRC Newton Fund entitled: “ZooTRIP:  Zoonotic Transmission of Intestinal Parasites”. Working in collaboration with the University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB) and University of Philippines Manila, this multidisciplinary project aims to assess the contribution of zoonotic transmission to the burden of human intestinal worm infection in the Philippines and determine the most appropriate strategies for intestinal worm control. As intestinal worm infections are highly prevalent in humans worldwide, this project has the potential to deliver significant public health impact.

The post holder will conduct molecular biology and bioinformatics research, specifically molecular characterisation of helminth isolates and development of genotyping assays. They will be part of a multidisciplinary team and will work closely with a research fellow performing mathematical modelling. In addition, the post holder will be required to participate in capacity building activities in the Philippines, and be expected to present at conferences and write publications based on research findings.

The post holder will have the opportunity to engage with other research fellows in the School of Veterinary Medicine and across the University, and will have the advantage of training opportunities targeted at early career researchers. In addition, the post holder will be encouraged to participate in activities of the newly-established University of Surrey Neglected Tropical Disease hub.

The ideal candidate would have a PhD in biological sciences with research experience in parasitology, molecular biology and bioinformatics, a track record of working in a multidisciplinary team, excellent communication skills and the ability to work independently.

For informal discussion about the post, please contact Dr Martha Betson via email at:

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