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Postdoc in Geographic Transmission of Antimicrobial Resistance

100%, Zurich, fixed-term

The Health Policy and Geography Group at the Institute for Environmental Decisions is offering a Postdoc position. 

Project background

Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) -the ability of microbes to evolve and resist treatment- is rising globally. In September 2016, the United Nations General Assembly declared AMR “the most urgent global risk”, and mandated its member states to establish national action plans against AMR, including improvements to epidemiological surveillance systems. This position is part of a project funded by the European Commission to improve surveillance on AMR in animals and humans.

Job description

We are looking for an enthusiastically and quantitatively minded candidate to work on the transmission of antimicrobial resistance in animals and humans in Europe. This project focuses on the risk of circulation of AMR inside the EU, and its importation from third countries. The ideal candidate will have demonstrated experience in the field of disease dynamics. This is a fixed term position for 18 months. The position is based at ETH Zurich, Switzerland. The successful candidate will join the health geography and policy group led by Thom Van Boeckel.

Your profile

We welcome applicants with:

  1. A background in population biology, computational biology, applied mathematics, epidemiology, quantitative geography, ecology.
  2. Experience with biostatistics and S-I-R models.
  3. Experience with the programming language R, packages {sf, raster, adaptivetau, deSolve}.
  4. Basic knowledge in microbiology and genetic epidemiology of AMR, although not required, is an asset.

ETH Zurich

ETH Zurich is one of the world’s leading universities specialising in science and technology. We are renowned for our excellent education, cutting-edge fundamental research and direct transfer of new knowledge into society. Over 30,000 people from more than 120 countries find our university to be a place that promotes independent thinking and an environment that inspires excellence. Located in the heart of Europe, yet forging connections all over the world, we work together to develop solutions for the global challenges of today and tomorrow.
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We look forward to receiving your online application with the following documents:

  • CV
  • One-page cover letter

The cover letter should emphasize the career goals of the applicant, as well as the research questions that he/she would like to develop at ETH and how this complement the work conducted in the Health Geography and Policy Group. Please note that we exclusively accept applications submitted through our online application portal. Applications via email or postal services will not be considered.

Applications received before March 1st 2020 will be given full consideration. Questions regarding the position should be directed to Thom Van Boeckel by email (no applications).

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