Rothamsted Research, the largest agricultural research centre in the UK and the oldest agricultural research station in the world, is seeking a suitably qualified mathematical modeller, ecologist or epidemiologist for a post-doctoral position to work on fundamental and applied aspects of the population genetics and epidemiology of plant pathogens.
Post-doctoral researcher will combine population genetic and epidemiological models to study the evolutionary consequences of integrated control of plant diseases. Key aim is to quantify the consequences for the sustainability of disease control of integrated use of cultivar resistance and fungicides.
Alongside an extensive experimental program the post-doctoral researcher will develop and analyse models as well as use the data for model testing.
Key application area: The project will use potato late blight as a test system which is both scientifically tractable and of high economic significance. The knowledge and strategies identified will be specifically relevant to the potato industry and provide insights for the wider horticultural industry.
As well as address fundamental research questions in this area, the post-holder will have the opportunity to work closely with regulatory agencies and national and international partners to have a tangible impact on control strategies in practice. The successful applicants will have strong quantitative skills and experience in population genetic or epidemic modelling.
The posts will be located in the Computational and Systems Biology Department at Rothamsted Research under the supervision of Dr Frank van den Bosch, with close interactions with the internal and external collaborators. Informal enquiries about this post can be directed to Dr Frank van den Bosch (firstname.lastname@example.org or 01582 763133 x2372)
The appointment is full-time within Band D with a starting salary normally in the region of £29,842 and £32,315 per annum. The post is available for a three year period.
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Closing date: 19 October 2014. An Equal Opportunities Employer