Postdoc in Modelling Zoonotic Antimicrobial Resistance in Animal Populations

DTU Food
Friday 27 Jan 17

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Interested in working with modelling of development and prediction of antimicrobial resistance?

A postdoc position is available at DTU Food in the Research Group of Genomic Epidemiology. The group is EU and WHO Reference Laboratory for antimicrobial resistance and combines activities on development and implementation of whole genome and community sequencing, bioinformatics and epidemiological modeling of the occurrence of human and zoonotic microbiological hazards both at a national and global perspective.  

We offer a postdoc position from May 2017 with duration of three years. The position is affiliated with an initiative funded by the Ministry of Food Agriculture and Fisheries with the overall aim to establish the scientific basis for predicting the effect of interventions of antimicrobial usage in pig herds on the occurrence of resistance genes having the potential to be transferred to zoonotic pathogens.

Responsibilities and tasks
The postdoc will be part of a project aiming to develop mathematical models that predicts how the usage of antimicrobial in pig herds influence the occurrence of zoonotic antimicrobial resistant genes and organisms, and estimates the expected effect of selected intervention strategies. The models will apply data from various sources including observational studies and complete genomic sequencing and quantification of all known resistance genes collected as part of the overall initiative, as well as data from relevant registries such as VetStat that collects data on antimicrobial usage at farm level. An important part of the project is to develop epidemiological models making optimal use of the large amount of data resulting from whole genome sequencing and whole community sequencing of bacterial populations in animals, humans and the environment. Focus is on the occurrence and transmission of resistant bacteria and genes coding for resistance and how different factors (such as antimicrobial usage) influence the occurrence.   

The group has as WHO and EU reference laboratory a large global network and the successful candidate will be able to work with scientists from several other disciplines.  

Candidates should have a PhD degree or equivalent. The candidates should also have a solid background in quantitative epidemiology and experience in mathematical modelling of large and complex data sets.   

We offer
We offer an interesting and challenging job in an international environment focusing on education, research, scientific advice and innovation, which contribute to enhancing the economy and improving social welfare. We strive for academic excellence, collegial respect and freedom tempered by responsibility. The Technical University of Denmark (DTU) is a leading technical university in northern Europe and benchmarks with the best universities in the world. 

Salary and terms of employment
The appointment will be based on the collective agreement with the Confederation of Professional Associations. The allowance will be agreed with the relevant union. The period of employment is 3 years with opportunities for extension.   

Further information
Further information may be obtained from Associate Professor Håkan Vigre, tel.: +45 4060 1303/e-mail or Professor Frank Møller Aarestrup, tel.: +45 3588 6281/e-mail   

You can read more about the department and the research group on

Application procedure
Please submit your online application no later than 28 February 2017. Applications must be submitted as one PDF file containing all materials to be given consideration. To apply, please open the link "Apply online," fill in the online application form, and attach all your materials in English in one PDF file. The file must include: 

  • Application (cover letter)
  • CV
  • Diploma (MSc/PhD)
  • List of publications
Applications and enclosures received after the deadline will not be considered.

All interested candidates irrespective of age, gender, disability, race, religion or ethnic background are encouraged to apply.

DTU Food (The National Food Institute, Technical University of Denmark) works within six technical focus areas: Biotechnology, nutrition, food quality, food safety, food technology and environment & human health. Activities cover a wide range of food products throughout the entire food chain from farm to table, comprising both research activities and research-based consulting and teaching.

DTU is a technical university providing internationally leading research, education, innovation and scientific advice. Our staff of 5,800 advance science and technology to create innovative solutions that meet the demands of society; and our 10,600 students are being educated to address the technological challenges of the future. DTU is an independent academic university collaborating globally with business, industry, government, and public agencies.
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