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University of Zurich
January 24, 2023
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University of Zurich, Vetsuisse Faculty, Section of Veterinary Epidemiology

PhD postion

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For the SPIRIT SNF project “eRabies – on the way to rabies elimination in Uganda» we offer a PhD position for three years. The lack of cooperation between human and veterinary medicine makes it difficult to eradicate rabies. This is where our project comes in, which aims to introduce a web-based rabies monitoring system (eRabies) for humans and animals in Uganda. To tackle this multi-faceted health problem, a holistic approach is needed that involves all relevant stakeholders and includes both quantitative and qualitative methods. In addition to health professionals from human and veterinary medicine, animal owners and keepers, including children, as well as the village community and teachers play an important role. We propose here the improvement of local laboratory capacity, optimisation of dog vaccination and the introduction of a web-based, integrated rabies surveillance system including evidence-based administration of PEP (eRabies) for humans and animals, based on a One Health approach, considering also economic aspects.

Your responsibilities

• Manage project activities & field work in Uganda (6-12 months in total in Uganda) • Collect and analyse both quantitative and qualitative data • Developing diagnostic algorithms • Decision tree analysis • Implementation of rapid rabies tests in decentralised labs • Economic modelling • Participate in UZH PhD program in Epidemiology and Biostatistics

Your profile

• Interest in working quantitatively and qualitatively • Degree in i) veterinary medicine, ii) biology or iii) human medicine • Interest in working in LMIC • Intercultural experience • Eligible for a PhD program in Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the Life Science Zurich Graduate School • Fluent in English. German is an advantage. • Self-motivated and comfortable taking initiative

• Master in epidemiology and expertise in veterinary public health is an asset • R is an asset • Strong planning and organisational skills, excellent oral and written communication and effective interprofessional skills

Please submit your electronic application including a cover letter, curriculum vitae, publication record and certificates to Sonja Hartnack . In your cover letter, describe your motivation for completing a PhD and any previous relevant experience you have.

What we offer

• Interdisciplinary team working environment • The possibility to make a real and targeted impact towards the goal of zero human deaths due to dog-mediated rabies by 2030 • A stimulating research environment and a place to grow academically and professionally • Opportunities to gain teaching experience and strong support for your career development • An attractive work environment both within the research group and beyond: The University of Zurich is one of Switzerland's leading universities in the middle of a vibrant, cosmopolitan city • The PhD program in in Epidemiology and Biostatistics offers an interesting curriculum providing skills in Epidemiology and Biostatistics. A variety of additional courses e.g. on academic writing, presentation or transferable skills are available • Salary and workload based on SNF rules

Place of work

Section of Veterinary Epidemiology, Vetsuisse Faculty, Winterthurerstr. 270, 8057 Zurich

Start of employment

May 2023 or by agreement

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