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The Zoonotic and Emerging Diseases group is collaborating with the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) and Biosciences eastern and central Africa (BecA) to investigate the biology and epidemiology of African Swine Fever (ASF). This project is funded by CSIRO-AusAID of Australia. A PhD position is available to undertake epidemiological modelling of ASF as part of this larger project.
Data collection on the larger project will be focussed around longitudinal surveys of pig populations in Kenya and Uganda, and will involve virus isolate collection, farmer surveys, analysis of ASF prevalence, diversity and transmission combined with recording of pig population dynamics. This is an interdisciplinary, multi-institute study involving a consortium that will link epidemiological research incorporating participatory approaches, modern diagnostics and mathematical modelling with state of the art molecular techniques. The project is based at, and funded through, the International Livestock Research Institute and the Biosciences for Eastern and Central Africa (BecA) Hub.
The epidemiological modelling component will involve both modelling of viral transmission dynamics and spatial modelling of pig movements, and will draw on viral genome sequencing data produced in other components of the project.
Applicants for this PhD post MUST be nationals of a sub-Saharan African country, and must have demonstrated expertise in mathematical modelling of biological systems. The post will be based at the International Livestock Research Institute in Nairobi, Kenya, with PhD registration (and access to other training) at the Faculty of Veterinary Science, University of Pretoria in South Africa. The post will benefit from the standard conditions of ILRI graduate fellows. CVs for this position should be submitted to Dr Richard Bishop at the International Livestock Research Institute, who is leading the CSIRO-AusAID ASF project at ILRI. Representatives of the Zoonotic and Emerging Diseases group are collaborators on the larger project and will be co-supervising this PhD position.
Further information on ASF is available from the World Organisation for Animal Health website.
The Zoonotic and Emerging Disease group studies a range of epidemiological issues revolving around the domestic livestock, wildlife and human interface