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The Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis (ASCA), one of the six research schools of the Faculty of Humanities, currently has a vacant postdoctoral position …
This PhD position is part of a One Health European Joint Project in which Wageningen University, Wageningen Bioveterinary Research, Wageningen Livestock …
This PhD position is part of a One Health European Joint Project in which Wageningen University, Wageningen Bioveterinary Research, Wageningen Livestock Research and Wageningen Economic Research participate, as well as counterparts in France and other EU members states. The project is aimed at obtaining a better understanding of 'indirect' transmission of bacteria through the environment between animals. Indirect transmission refers to transmission without direct contact between the groups of animals involved, a form of transmission important to most infectious agents in livestock including bacteria such as Campylobacter and viruses such as Avian Influenza. Because the underlying pathways of indirect transmission are only partly understood it is difficult to control and therefore responsible for most of the outbreaks in livestock. The European project is aiming in particular to developing new approaches to control the spread of zoonotic infections (i.e. infections in animals that transmit to humans) such as Salmonella and Campylobacter. The work conducted by the Wageningen University & Research partners within this project is aimed at developing a basis for designing improved biosecurity and hygiene strategies in particular against the transmission of Campylobacter between poultry flocks. Considering the importance of Campylobacter in terms of human infections in the Netherlands and elsewhere, and the expected insights pertaining to a wider set of indirect transmission problems in livestock, this research is of great social and economic importance. Poultry is considered as the main source of Campylobacter infections in humans. New European regulation since January 2018 enforces the use of 'process hygiene criteria' (PHC) to reduce the occurrence of Campylobacter in poultry. This enhances the urgency of developing control measures that, in particular, can prevent the transmission of Campylobacter between broiler flocks. In its role of National Reference Lab for Campylobacter, WBVR is a partner in the implementation of the PHC in Dutch poultry sector.
We are looking for a PhD student that will develop and validate mathematical models of indirect transmission using new experimental data for Campylobacter transmission between chickens, and use these models to assess the effect of possible new control measures. Furher data that may be analysed by the student will be from experiments on Salmonella between pigs planned by the French partners in European project.
MSc diploma with an interest in mathematical modelling in biology, the degree could be either in Biology or another natural science, Animal Science or Veterinary Medicine. Candidates with experience in applied modelling are especially encouraged to apply.
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