Research Assistant/Research Associate

University of Glassgow

United Kingdom

October 6, 2022

Description

Research Assistant/Research Associate

Job Purpose

You will contribute to/make a leading contribution to a Wellcome Trust Senior Research Fellowship grant entitled “Mitigating bat viruses: from forecasting spillover to control at the source”, working with Professor Daniel Streicker and an international team of scientists. The post holder will develop and validate dynamic spatial models of rabies virus transmission and control using a wealth of data from vampire bats and livestock. Models will be used to understand how bat ecology and population dynamics enable the long-term maintenance of a lethal virus in a slow-reproducing host and how self- disseminating betaherpesvirus- or poxvirus- vectored vaccines might interrupt rabies transmission within the bat reservoir. The successful candidate will be expected to contribute to the formulation and submission of research publications and research proposals as well as help manage and direct this complex and challenging project as opportunities allow.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

Perform the following activities in conjunction with and under the guidance of the Principal Investigator:

1. Plan and conduct assigned research individually or jointly in accordance with the project deliverables and project/group/School/College research strategy.

2. Use historical and ongoing data from vampire bats (longitudinal serology from individually marked bats, virus detection, experimental inoculations) and livestock (incidence, viral genome sequences) to develop and validate multi-scale (within host to across landscape) models of rabies transmission in southern Peru.

3. Develop mathematical models to identify outstanding, but answerable unknowns related to the development and deployment of self-disseminating vaccines and assist or lead the design of appropriate field or laboratory experiments.

4. Work with other project members to set appropriate timelines modelling given progress of field and laboratory activities.

5. Liaise with national and international partners to ensure data quality and equitable intellectual engagement opportunities.

6. Document research output including analysis and interpretation of all data, maintaining records and databases, drafting technical/progress reports and papers as appropriate.

7. Develop and enhance your research profile and reputation and that of The University of Glasgow and the School of Biodiversity One Health and Veterinary Medicine, including contributing to publications of international quality in high profile/quality refereed journals, enhancing the research impact in terms of economic/societal benefit, and gathering indicators of esteem.

8. Contribute to the presentation of work at international and national conferences, at internal and external seminars, colloquia and workshops to develop and enhance our research profile.

9. Contribute to the identification of potential funding sources and to assist in the development of proposals to secure funding from internal and external bodies to support future research. 10. Collaborate with colleagues and participate in team/group meetings/seminars/workshops across the research Group/School/College/University and wider community.

11. Contribute to the organisation, supervision, mentoring and training of undergraduate and/or postgraduate students and less experienced members of the project team to ensure their effective development.

12. Perform administrative tasks related to the activities of the research group and School, including Budgets/Expenditure.

13. Carry out modest Teaching activities (e.g., demonstrating etc.) and associated admin as assigned by the Head of School and in consultation with Principal Investigator. 14. Keep up to date with current knowledge and recent advances in spatial modelling, statistical inference, bat ecology and rabies epidemiology.

15. Engage in continuing professional development activities as appropriate.

16. Undertake any other duties of equivalent standing as assigned by the Head of School/Director of Research Institute.

17. Contribute to the enhancement of the University's international profile in line with the University's Strategic Plan, Inspiring People Changing the World.

For appointment at grade 7 :

18. Perform the above duties with a higher degree of independence, leadership and responsibility, particularly in relation to planning, funding, collaborating and publishing research, and mentoring colleagues.

19 Establish and sustain a track record of independent and joint published research to establish and maintain your expert reputation in the subject area.

20. Survey the research literature and environment, understand the research challenges associated with the project & subject area, & develop/implement a suitable research strategy.

Knowledge/Qualifications

Essential

A1 SCQF Level 10 (Honours degree) in zoology, ecology, biostatistics or equivalent. A2 Specialist theoretical and practical knowledge of some quantitative areas of infectious disease ecology

A3 A comprehensive and up-to-date knowledge of the wider subject area or subject specialism

A4 Quantitative training (statistics or mathematics) to postgraduate level

For appointment at grade 7:

A5 Normally Scottish Credit and Qualification Framework level 12 PhD with 1-2 years' experience of personal development in a similar or related roles.

Desirable:

B1 An awarded (or recently submitted or near completion) PhD in ecology and evolution, epidemiology, another area of quantitative biology or equivalent

Skills

Essential:

C1 Good understanding of statistical or mathematical modelling, particularly in a spatial context

C2 Knowledge in experimental design for research studies carried out in field or laboratory settings

C3 Excellent communication skills (oral and written), including public presentations and ability to communicate complex data/concepts clearly and concisely

C4 Excellent interpersonal skills including team working and a collegiate approach C5 Appropriate workload/time/project/budget/people management skills

C6 Database management skills sufficient to organize data from different sources and enable sharing among international partners

For appointment at grade 7

C7 A comprehensive and up-to-date knowledge of current issues and future directions within the wider subject areas of emerging diseases or transmissible vaccines

C8 Sufficient depth of relevant research experience, normally including some postdoctoral experience in a related field, appropriate to an early career researcher

Desirable:

D1 A comprehensive and up-to-date knowledge of zoonotic disease and disease ecology

D2 Cloud-based computing skills to facilitate efficient updating and sharing of data

Experience

Essential:

E1 Sufficient relevant research experience (or equivalent) appropriate to an early career researcher

E2 Proven ability to deliver quality outputs in a timely and efficient manner

E3 Evidence of an emerging track record of publications in a relevant field

E4 Experience in statistical inference for epidemiological, for example parameter estimation, comparison of mechanistic models, or landscape level simulations using JAGS, R, or similar

E5 Experience working with Next Generation Sequence data

For appointment at grade 7:

E6 Sufficient depth of relevant research experience, normally including sufficient postdoctoral experience in a related field, appropriate to an early career researcher

E7 A established track record of presentation and publication of research results in quality journals/conferences

E8 Experience of making a leading contribution in academic activities

E9 Ability to demonstrate a degree of independence as illustrated by identification of project objectives from assessment of the literature, design & analysis of experiments & drafting of papers.

Desirable:

F1 Experience with Bayesian inference involving integration of diverse data types.

F2 An emerging national or international reputation

Please note that as part of your application you must address and demonstrate how you meet EACH of the essential/desirable criteria, point by point.

Additional Information

The Streicker lab (www. streickerlab.com) is part of the School of Biodiversity, One Health & Veterinary Medicine and the MRC-University of Glasgow Centre for Virus Research, which together provide a unique, cross- cutting environment for quantitative, field and laboratory-based research on virus and host ecology. Both institutions hold Athena SWAN Silver awards, demonstrating commitment to best practice in recruiting and supporting the career development and progression of female scientists, addressing gender inequalities in higher education.

Work in the Streicker lab focuses on understanding and preventing viral cross species transmission. Research spans longitudinal field studies and experiments in wild bats in Peru, viral phylogenomics and metagenomics, and comparative studies using machine learning, epidemiological modelling, and meta-analysis. Evidence based prevention of vampire bat rabies is a major focus and the postholder will integrate data being generated by an existing team of 4 postdocs and 3 PhD students working on this theme, while benefitting from a larger group studying viral ecology and emergence.

School Information

Our School is committed to equality, diversity and inclusion. As we are a merging of two Athena Swan Silver award winning bodies (the School of Veterinary Medicine and the Institute of Biodiversity, Animal Health & Comparative Medicine) we aim to achieve an Athena Swan award for the School of Biodiversity, One Health & Veterinary Medicine

The award demonstrates our commitment to best practice in recruiting and supporting the career development and progression of female scientists, addressing gender inequalities in higher education. The Athena SWAN Charter recognises commitment to advancing gender equality in Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths and Medicine (STEMM) employment in academia. https: // www. gla.ac.uk/schools/bohvm/athenaswan/

Informal enquiries regarding this role should be directed to Professor Daniel Streicker, Daniel.Streicker@glasgow.ac.uk

More information about the Streicker lab at: https: // streickerlab.com/

Terms and Conditions

Salary will be Grade 7, £37,474 - £42,155 per annum.

This post is full time, and has funding for up to 28.5 months

As part of Team UofG you will be a member of a world changing, inclusive community, which values ambition, excellence, integrity and curiosity.

As a valued member of our team, you can expect:

1 A warm welcoming and engaging organisational culture, where your talents are developed and nurtured, and success is celebrated and shared.

2 An excellent employment package with generous terms and conditions including 41 days of leave for full time staff, pension - pensions handbook https: // www. gla.ac.uk/myglasgow/payandpensions/pensions/, benefits and discount packages.

3 A flexible approach to working.

4 A commitment to support your health and wellbeing https: // www. gla.ac.uk/myglasgow/staff/healthwellbeing/.

We believe that we can only reach our full potential through the talents of all. Equality, diversity and inclusion are at the heart of our values. Applications are particularly welcome from across our communities and in particular people from the Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) community, and other protected characteristics who are under-represented within the University. Read more on how the University promotes and embeds all aspects of equality and diversity within our community https: // www. gla.ac.uk/myglasgow/humanresources/equalitydiversity/.

We endorse the principles of Athena Swan https: // www. gla.ac.uk/myglasgow/humanresources/equalitydiversity/athenaswan/ and hold bronze, silver and gold awards across the University.

We are investing in our organisation, and we will invest in you too. Please visit our website https: // www. gla.ac.uk/explore/jobs/ for more information.

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