Vacancy Type/Job category
£32,348 - £42,155 per annum
University of Warwick, Coventry
Fixed-term contract until 30 September 2023 with an extension (up to a max 12
months) subject to approval from the funder, 1.0 FTE.
We invite applications for a Research Fellow (Postdoctoral Research
Associate) position in the Zeeman Institute for Systems Biology and
Infectious Disease Epidemiology in the School of Life Sciences and Mathematics
at the University of Warwick.
The successful candidate will be employed to mathematical models to simulate
the spread of livestock infectious diseases in the UK and the incorporation of
farmer behaviour characteristics into infectious disease models. In
particular, the successful candidate will work closely with our colleagues at
the University of Nottingham upon incorporating evidence from farmer
interviews into disease models and developing predictive models on the spread
of livestock disease in the UK.
In addition to the research outlined above, the post will include
collaboration with policy makers from the Animal and Plant Health Agency
(APHA) as optimal strategies for disease control are developed. The
successful applicant will be able to present information on research progress
and outcomes, communicate complex information, orally, in writing and
electronically and prepare proposals and applications to external bodies.
Candidates should hold or be near completion of a PhD in a relevant subject
(e.g. mathematics, biology or veterinary science). The person appointed to
this post will be required to work with and support other members in the
research group so is required not only to work independently, but be team-
If you are near submission or have recently submitted your PhD but have not
yet had it conferred, any offers of employment will be made as Research
Assistant at the top of level 5 of the University grade structure (£31,411).
Upon receipt of evidence of the successful award of your PhD, you will be
promoted to Research Fellow on the first point of level 6 of the University
grade structure (£32,348).
Any requests for further information can be directed to Professor Mike
Interview Date: TBC.
The postholder will undertake research in the Zeeman Institute for Systems
Biology and Infectious Disease Epidemiology, supporting the work of the
centre. The PDRA will work closely with the project investigator, Professor
Michael Tildesley, as well as collaborators at the University of Nottingham.
The purpose of this position is to develop models of livestock disease for the
UK and incorporating farmer behaviour into these models. The PDRA will work
closely with policy makers at the Animal and Plant Health Agency and will
design disease intervention programmes.
DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES
1. To establish a sound research base within the Zeeman Institute, the School
of Life Sciences and the Mathematics Institute that will lead to individual
and collaborative research of high quality consistent with making a full
active research contribution.
2. To publish research outcomes in appropriate journals of international
standing and to publish and disseminate the result of research and scholarship
in other reputable outlets.
3. To attend and present research findings and papers at academic and
professional conferences, and to contribute to the external visibility of the
4. To translate knowledge of advances in the subject area into research
5. May contribute to preparing proposals and applications to external bodies,
e.g. for funding and contractual purposes, to support a developing research
6. May present information on research progress and outcomes to bodies
supervising research, e.g. steering groups.
7. May contribute to the preparation of papers for steering groups and other
8. Communicate complex information (orally and in writing) and material of
a specialist or highly technical nature.
9. Continually update own knowledge and understanding in field or specialism.
Teaching and Learning Support
1. Could be expected to contribute to the teaching and learning programmes in
2. Assist in the supervision of student projects and the development of
student research skills.
3. May be involved in the assessment of student knowledge and supervision of
Administration and Other Activities
1. May be required to attend departmental meetings and to participate (where
necessary) in other committees and working groups within the department, the
faculty and the University.
2. Ensure compliance with health and safety in all aspects of work.
3. Work within budget constraints.
The duties and responsibilities outlined are not intended to be an exhaustive
list but provide guidance on the main aspects of the job. The post holder will
be required to be flexible in their duties.
The Person Specification focuses on the knowledge, skills, experience and
qualifications required to undertake the role effectively. This is measured by
(a) Application Form, (b) Test/Exercise, (c) Interview, (d)
Essential Criteria 1
Good honours degree and possession of a PhD or equivalent in relevant
Essential Criteria 2
Strong research potential with the ability to initiate, develop and deliver
high quality research and to publish in peer reviewed journals in areas
related to the interests of the Zeeman Institute. (a, c)
Essential Criteria 3
Excellence in published work in relevant fields. (a, c)
Essential Criteria 4
A developing research profile with the ability to publish and/or produce high
quality research output. (a, c, d)
Essential Criteria 5
Sufficient breadth or depth of specialist knowledge in the discipline and of
research methods and techniques to work within established research
programmes. (a, c)
Essential Criteria 6
Good effective communication (oral and written) skills, presentation and
training skills. (a, c, d)
Essential Criteria 7
Good interpersonal skills. (a, c, d)
Essential Criteria 8
Ability to work independently and as part of a team on research and teaching
programmes. (a, c)
Essential Criteria 9
Ability or potential to contribute to the development of funding proposals in
order to generate external funding to support research projects. (a, c)
For further information about the University of Warwick, please read our
University Further Particulars.
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