PhD Studentship available at University of Edinburgh

“The evolutionary ecology of disease transmission: how will vector control programmes change parasite life histories?” (supervisor: Sarah Reece)

More details, including eligibility criteria and how to apply, can be found here. Deadline for applications is 10th Jan 2020

The Reece lab uncovers the strategies parasites have evolved to cope with the challenges of their lifestyle and to exploit the opportunities it brings, by asking “what makes a successful parasite and what are the evolutionary limits to their success?”. Specifically, we investigate how parasites maximise "survival" and "reproduction". These fitness components underpin the severity and transmission of diseases.

Most disease research focuses on interactions between parasites and their hosts. Analogous studies of interactions between parasites and vectors have been largely neglected, despite the fact that vectors are responsible for spreading disease. Clearly, to fully understand the evolution of vector-born parasites it is necessary to ask how they solve the challenges of living in hosts and in vectors. This is especially important for malaria parasites whose vectors are changing in response to vector-control programs (e.g., bed nets, insecticides). Whilst the evolutionary responses of malaria-transmitting mosquitoes to vector-control are being monitored, the knock-on consequences for parasite evolution have been overlooked. Just like drugs or vaccines administered to hosts, vector-control represents an ecological perturbation aimed at reducing parasite fitness. History clearly illustrates that attempts to reduce the survival and/or transmission of malaria parasites is usually met with counter-evolution (e.g., drug resistance mutations and phenotypic tolerance). Parasite counter evolution to vector-control may be constrained or facilitated, depending on the amount of genetic variation and plasticity underpinning parasite phenotypes. Anticipating parasite evolution will inform monitoring strategies for current control programs as well as uncovering novel new vector-control strategies.

For informal enquiries, please contact Sarah []


Research Fellow Post in Mathematical Modelling at the University of Surrey

 An exciting opportunity for a postdoctoral Research Fellow with a background in mathematical modelling is available at the University of Surrey.

The research fellow will be employed on project funded by the MRC Newton Fund entitled: “ZooTRIP:  Zoonotic Transmission of Intestinal Parasites”. Working in collaboration with the University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB) and University of Philippines Manila, this multidisciplinary project aims to assess the contribution of zoonotic transmission to the burden of human intestinal worm infection in the Philippines and determine the most appropriate strategies for intestinal worm control. The post holder will be responsible for creating the mathematical framework and carrying out statistical analysis of  data collected in the project. In addition, they will be expected to participate in training and capacity building activities, present their work at conferences and write publications based on their research findings.

For details about the post and to apply, visit this link:

Please contact Dr Joaquin Prada ( or Dr Martha Betson ( for further information.


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.


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.