Research Fellow available at Queen's University Belfast on epidemiology of gastrointestinal nematodes in cattle

Job reference 18/106629

Application closing date 29/08/2018

Salary £32,548 - £38,833 per annum (potential to progress to £42,418 per annum through sustained exceptional contribution)

The Research Fellow will be an innovative, highly productive, ambitious and collaborative member of a new research group led by Professor Eric Morgan in the School of Biological Sciences. The position will involve working as part of a research programme that is investigating the epidemiology of parasite infections in animals under climate change.

The purpose of the project is primarily to adapt, develop further and validate existing epidemiological simulation models to consider the impact of targeted selective treatment (TST) of gastrointestinal nematodes in cattle, on both parasite population dynamics and herd performance. These models will be used to inform TST trials on selected farms in Northern Ireland, to provide proof of principle and underpin wider uptake. A parallel work programme will refine empirical understanding of climatic drivers of infective nematode larval availability and distribution, to feed into model structure and parameter estimation. Simulations using the model will assess the sustainability of TST approaches under climate and farm management change. Outputs will be high quality peer reviewed publications, strategic recommendations to the UK cattle farming industry and a toolkit for computer simulation of parasites on cattle farms.

The successful Research Fellow will lead this ambitious cutting edge research project and will be involved in supervision, planning, day-to-day lab management, collaborations (including with project partners at Newcastle University) and outreach. This is a 30-month post funded by the UK Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council, ending on 31 April 2021.

Use this link for further details on the position and how to apply.

PhD Position in Evolutionary Biology

The position is available in the research group of Dr. Frida Ben-Ami,from Tel Aviv University, Israel ( The position is available from October 15, 2018.

I am looking for a highly motivated candidate who is interested in host-parasite interactions and coevolution. In my lab, we are using the crustaceans Daphnia and their microparasites as a model system.

The successful candidate will be able to choose a project from a range of projects currently being pursued in in the lab.

• MSc degree in biology
• creative thinking
• background in evolutionary biology or ecology
• hands-on experience with experimental work
• analytical skills and good knowledge in statistics
• communication and writing skills in English
• good work ethic

Please send your application by email (all material in one PDF) to Frida Ben-Ami ( Applications should include a CV, a list of publications and a statement about research interests (motivation letter). Please give names and email addresses of two persons who are willing to write a letter of recommendation.


Postdoctoral position on RNA editing in Trypanosoma brucei

Available at the Seattle Biomedical Research Institute, USA. See here for further details and how to apply.