Postdoctoral Position at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health:

Preventing emergence and spillover of bat henipaviruses in high-risk global hotspots

The Department of Epidemiology at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health is looking for a postdoctoral fellow to work on a study to prevent emergence and spillover of bat henipaviruses in Bangladesh, funded through DARPA’s Preventing Emerging Pathogenic Threats (PREEMPT) program. This is a multi -country and highly multi-disciplinary project with the goal of characterizing the diversity of henipaviruses, predicting bat shedding of these viruses, and identifying interventions to prevent it. Nipah and Hendra viruses, the two most relevant henipaviruses, spillover each year into humans and livestock, posing a risk for larger outbreaks and adaptation of these viruses to human hosts. This position will be primarily based in Baltimore with Dr. Emily Gurley, but will collaborate closely with the Bangladesh-based field team and Dr. Henrik Salje at Cambridge University. The ideal applicant will have both quantitative skills in epidemiology or ecology, as well as experience with field based projects, ideally in low-income settings. Applicants with, or nearing completion of, a doctoral degree in epidemiology or a related field will be considered.

Further information can be found here.


The UK:Brazil Joint Centre Partnership in leishmaniasis (JCPiL) offers four Postdoctoral Scholarships

• Funded by FAPESP (2018/14398-0)/ São Paulo/Brazil

• Working area: Molecular Biology/Molecular Parasitology/Immunology or Pathogenesis of Leishmania and Leishmaniasis
• Positions are available to develop projects in the laboratories of: Angela Kaysel Cruz, Dario Zamboni, Hiro Goto or Luiz Tosi
• Institution: University of São Paulo
• Partner Institutions in UK: University of York and University of Glasgow
• Deadline for submissions: 25th October 2019

Further information on the posts and how to apply can be found here.


The UK:Brazil Joint Centre Partnership in leishmaniasis (JCPiL; funded by the MRC/FAPESP) offers two Postdoctoral Positions

PROJECT: Epigenetic regulation of Leishmania gene expression

Two Post-Doctoral Positions are available to work on the project "Epigenetic regulation of Leishmania gene expression" in the laboratories of molecular parasitology under the supervision of Prof. Angela K. Cruz (University of São Paulo, Ribeirão Preto, Brazil) and Drs. Pegine Walrad and Michael Plevin (York Biomedical Research Institute, Dept of Biology, University of York, UK) as part of the UK:Brazil Joint Centre Partnership in leishmaniasis (JCPiL); involving 12 collaborative research groups from the UK and Brazil. Appointed postdoctoral fellows will study the putative regulatory role of novel non-coding RNAs at the Brazilian laboratory and identify and characterise RBPs which bind and regulate these ncRNAs in the UK laboratory.

Summary: Leishmania gene expression control occurs mainly at the posttranscriptional level. At the centre of the regulatory complexes are cis- and transregulatory elements, mainly represented by mRNA elements (cis-elements) and RNA binding proteins (RBPs) which may well bind an unexplored content of noncoding transcripts (ncRNAs), recently detected in these parasites. Cruz and co-workers have demonstrated that ncRNAs appear a common feature of Leishmania transcriptomes and hundreds of putative ncRNAs were identified as differentially expressed (DE) transcripts. Such DE L. braziliensis ncRNAs and interacting RBPs will be functionally investigated. The post-doctoral fellows will use state of the art technologies for genome editing to generate knockout (KO) of DE ncRNAs in L. braziliensis and to endogenously tag these ncRNAs to evaluate phenotypic changes and identify interacting partners. The Brazilian post-doctoral fellow will engage in the complementary study  developed in the UK, under the guidance of Drs. Pegine Walrad and Michael Plevin for two 6-months visits.

Applicants must have a Ph.D. in Parasitology, Biochemistry, Genetics, Molecular Biology or related fields. Preference will be given to highly motivated individuals with proven expertise in molecular parasitology/ microbiology/ ncRNAs. Candidates should be creative, personally motivated, have excellent oral and written communication skills and a sense of teamwork. It is mandatory that all applicants are fluent in English. Applicants for the USP post should have previous experience with both in vivo and in vitro infection procedures.

The Brazilian post is available for a period of up to 36 months full time, with formal review after the first year. Interested individuals should contact Angela K. Cruz by email at using “PostDoc_Leishmania_ncRNAs” in the subject line with the following documents attached: 1) Letter of intent stating the candidate's motivations and qualifications for the position; 2) A short version of Curriculum Vitae containing a list of publications and professional experience; 3) Two letters of recommendation from previous mentors/ supervisors of the applicant should be sent to the same email address. Candidates meeting the requirements will be contacted and interviewed (in-person or via Skype).

The UK post is available for a period of up to 18 months full time, within the salary range £32,817 - £40,322 per annum (Grade 6 of the University of York salary scales). Targetted start date is December 1st, 2019. Informal enquiries for the UK post are encouraged and may be made to Dr. Pegine Walrad, (email:, tel: +44 (0)1904 328918).

Applications should be made directly at


Westgate Labs seeks consultant Veterinary Parasitologist

For the last twenty years Westgate Labs has been leading the field in helping owners to manage the parasite control of their horses and other grazing animals. The company are seeking a consultant Veterinary Parasitologist to help guide and develop the services of the busy animal health laboratory in rural Northumberland.

The successful candidate will be prepared to give circa 8 days per annum to the role on an adhoc, self-employed basis with a combination of remote working/site visits to the laboratory which is based near Morpeth, Northumberland.

Full details are available here:


Four-year funded PhD position at Trinity College Dublin

Effects of host density and diversity on disease outbreaks

Studentship starting either Sept 2019 or March 2020 in the Zoology Department at Trinity College Dublin (€16,000 per year). The project will be under the supervision of Pepijn Luijckx. For further information, please visit this link. Email queries can also be sent to Pepijn Luijckx:


Funded PhD Studentship available at University of East Anglia

Molecular characterization of Cryptosporidium parvum anthroponosum - A new threat to world health (TYLERU19FMH)

Studentship available to start in October 2019 with supervisors Dr Kevin Tyler and Prof Neil Hall.

For further details on the project and how to apply, please see this link.