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Research Fellow in Molecular Parasitology

School of Veterinary Medicine

Location:  Guildford
Salary:  £32,817 to £33,797 per annum
Fixed Term until 01/07/2022
Post Type:  Full Time
Advert Placed:  Thursday 19 December 2019
Closing Date:  Wednesday 22 January 2020
Interview Date:  Wednesday 12 February 2020
Reference:  099519

Principal Investigator: Dr Martha Betson

We are delighted to invite applications for a Research Fellow position funded by the EU, as part of a new European Framework integrating veterinary, medical and environmental health research (One Health EJP - https://onehealthejp.eu/). The position will be based in the Department of Veterinary Epidemiology and Public Health at the University of Surrey, within the new School of Veterinary Medicine in Guildford, Surrey. You will undertake research in a vibrant, inter-disciplinary research environment with a strong international reputation and part of a wider network. The post is part of the One-Health EJP consortium, an EU funded partnership involving 39 partners, including acclaimed food, veterinary and medical laboratories and institutes across Europe and the Med-Vet-Net Association. You will mainly be working on two research projects, PARADISE and TOXOSOURCES, but may also contribute to other EJP projects.

The ideal candidates will have a strong interest in research underpinning mitigation of the threats posed by zoonotic parasites; including foodborne diseases, emerging threats and risk assessment. The main focus of the PARADISE project will be to develop and validate novel typing and detection methods for the foodborne protozoa Cryptosporidium and Giardia, whereas the TOXOSOURCES project aims to determine the relative contributions of the different sources of Toxoplasma gondii infection.

Excellent molecular biology, communication and organisational skills are essential for this role. Experience of working with a range of biological samples and multi-locus typing of pathogens would be desirable. Experience in bioinformatics, epidemiology and systematic reviews would also be advantageous.

In addition to your salary you will receive a generous annual leave entitlement, relocation assistance where appropriate, attractive research environments, the latest teaching facilities, and access to a variety of staff development opportunities. Furthermore, our benefit packages include pension, childcare assistance and discounted membership to University sports facilities.

The University of Surrey is located on a beautiful, leafy campus in Guildford, just 30 miles from London and benefits from excellent rail, air and road connections.

For an informal discussion or further details, please contact: Dr Martha Betson, m.betson@surrey.ac.uk

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