• Post-Doctoral Research Fellow - One Health Center for Zoonoses and Tropical Veterinary Medicine

    Location KN-St. Kitts
    Job ID
    2018-101447
    Institution
    Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine
    Department
    Research
  • Opportunity at a Glance

    Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine (RUSVM) offers a unique program of training on the island of St. Kitts in the Caribbean. A cutting-edge curriculum, with innovative use of technologies and simulations, provides the best possible training for tomorrow’s veterinarians and researchers. Veterinary students benefit from seven semesters of integrated preclinical and clinical studies at our St Kitts campus, and one year of clinical training at our affiliate veterinary teaching hospitals in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Ireland, New Zealand and Australia. RUSVM also offers postgraduate degrees both by coursework and by research. Our ongoing research focuses on key issues strategically relevant to One Health in tropical and developing countries and includes zoonotic diseases, food safety and security, environmental health, and conservation medicine.

    Responsibilities

    Position Overview:

     

    Cysticercosis caused by the pork tapeworm, Taenia solium, is a worldwide parasitic zoonosis and major cause of preventable epilepsy which is highly endemic in Latin America. Successful applicants will develop and support research activities on Taenia solium infections primarily focusing on collecting epidemiological data through a One Health approach for creating distribution and risk maps of cysticercosis as well as quantifying the burden of disease in pigs and humans in the Greater Caribbean Basin (Caribbean plus Central America). The post-doctoral fellow position is an advanced 18-month research position beginning August 1, 2018 with possibility of extension. The basic objectives of the position include the further professional development of a post-doctoral fellow in advanced scientific knowledge acquisition and communication, honing of practical problem-solving skills in resource-limited settings, and refinement of investigative abilities.

     


    Essential Duties and Responsibilities:


    This person will actively participate in research activities, will develop and optimize research protocols, train and supervise technicians and students, as well as engage in grant proposal and manuscript preparations.

    Qualifications

    Applicants must have a PhD in parasitology or a related area. Experience in basic epidemiology, parasitology, immunology and molecular biology techniques, statistics and mathematical modelling is required. A biomedical or public health background is desirable. Candidates with previous experience working with Taenia solium, especially management of field research projects, with evidence of peer-reviewed publications in the area, as well as candidates with demonstrated grant writing ability will be given preference. The candidate is expected to have excellent interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to work well with others in a collegial research environment.

     

    Salary: Commensurate with experience, approximately $55,000 USD annual salary plus medical insurance and travel support, to participate in at least one scientific conference per year, with the expectation that the fellow will provide a platform presentation.

     

    Qualified applicants apply by submitting their Curriculum Vitae (CV) and letter of intent, describing the vision of their contribution online at www.rossu.edu/careers . Informal inquiries are encouraged and should be directed to Ms. Cynthia Butchley (Cynthia.Butchley@adtalem.com) or Professor A. Lee Willingham (awillingham@rossvet.edu.kn). Review of applications will begin upon receipt of the completed applications, and continue until the position is filled. Reference letters are requested prior to formal interviews.

     

    We are proud to be an EEO employer M/F/D/V. We maintain a drug-free workplace and perform pre-employment background checks. Thank you for applying for this outstanding opportunity today.

    Who We Are

    Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine (RUSVM) offers a unique program of training on the island of St. Kitts in the Caribbean.  A cutting-edge curriculum, with innovative use of technologies and simulations, provides the best possible training for tomorrow’s veterinarians.  Students benefit from seven semesters of integrated preclinical and clinical studies at our St Kitts campus, and one year of clinical training at our affiliate veterinary teaching hospitals in the United States, Canada, Europe and Australia. 

     

    Our ongoing research focuses on key issues strategically relevant to One Health in tropical and developing countries and includes zoonotic diseases, food safety and security, environmental health, and conservation medicine.   We prioritize recruitment of talented faculty and are now seeking a key new member of our team to join us as we develop new programs to best prepare our graduates to face the global opportunities and challenges of veterinary medicine in the 21st century.

     

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