Research Fellow in Infectious Diseases Modelling Ref 6512

School/department:   School of Life Sciences
Hours: full time considered up to a maximum of 100% FTE
Requests for flexible working options will be considered (subject to business need).
Contract: fixed term for 24 months
Reference: 6512
Salary: starting at £34,304 to £40,927 per annum, pro rata if part time
Placed on:  10 August 2021
Closing date:  20 September 2021. Applications must be received by midnight of the closing date.
Expected Interview date: Early October 2021
Expected start date: November or shortly afterward

Job description

We wish to appoint a Research Fellow in the field of infectious diseases modelling. Recent years have shown the importance of better understanding the dynamic of transmission of zoonotic and emerging infectious diseases, e.g. SARS-CoV-2, Ebola virus, zika virus.

The 2-year Post-doctoral Research Fellow position is available in the laboratory of Pierre Nouvellet at University of Sussex ( ). The research group focuses on developing statistical methods to better understand the dynamics of diseases’ transmission and mitigate their public health risk.

The post-holder will contribute to the development of new models to understand the dynamic of transmission of coronaviruses (CoVs) between bats and pigs, and its relevance for human health. Bats show frequent infections by a wide diversity of CoVs. They have been suggested as a source for most recent CoVs’ epidemics in animals (e.g. the Porcine Epidemic Diarrhoea virus, the Swine Acute Diarrhoea Syndrome Coronavirus), and human (e.g. Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome and SARS-COV-2, the agent of COVID-19).

The post-holder is expected to work closely with collaborators in Italy and the Netherlands to integrate the virological, epidemiological and ecological information gathered by the project. The project, funded by the BBSRC and the European Commission, is a collaboration between the Istituto Zooprofilattico Sperimentale delle Venezie in Padua (, the Erasmus Medical Centre in Rotterdam ( ) and the University of Sussex.

Please contact Pierre Nouvellet ( for informal enquiries.

The University is committed to equality and valuing diversity, and applications are particularly welcomed from women and black and minority ethnic candidates, who are under-represented in academic posts in Science, Technology, Engineering, Medicine and Mathematics (STEMM) at Sussex.

Please note that this position may be subject to ATAS clearance if you require visa sponsorship.

The University of Sussex values the diversity of its staff and students and we welcome applicants from all backgrounds.

Download job description and person specification Ref 6512 [PDF 203.89KB]

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