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PhD scholarship in Epidemiological modeling – DTU Food, Denmark, 2022


PhD scholarship on applying NGS in the epidemiology of foodborne infections at Foodborne Pathogens and Epidemiology at DTU Food, Denmark, 2022

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General Info

Position: PhD scholarship
No. of Positions: 1
Research Field:
Deadline to Apply: Expired
Joining Date: July 01, 2022
Contract Period: 3 Years
Salary: According to standard norms

DTU Food

Technical University of Denmark (DTU), Denmark


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Qualification Details

You must have a two-year master's degree (120 ECTS points) or a similar degree with an academic level equivalent to a two-year master's degree.

You must have competences in analysing genomic data e.g. through your Master education and/or Master thesis, as well as basic skills in modelling using statistical software such as R®.

Responsibilities/Job Description

Foodborne infections like salmonellosis and campylobacteriosis remains an important global public health issue, particularly in low-resource countries, where surveillance and mitigation efforts are limited. An important reason is that the prevention and control of foodborne infections is complicated: Most of these infections are transmitted not only through a variety of foods, but also through the environment (e.g. contaminated water), by zoonotic means (e.g. direct animal contact) and person-to-person transmission with the contribution of each transmission route and source varying across diseases, populations, geographical areas and seasons. Targeted intervention, among other things, consequently requires evidence on most important sources and transmission routes for these infections.

The main part of the work is to be carried out as part of an international project aiming to estimate the disease burden and identify the sources of foodborne infections in selected urban and rural areas in four African countries. The project outcomes will support policymakers in making data-driven decisions on prioritising control and intervention options for foodborne infections in low-resource countries. However, the candidate will also be supporting the national surveillance of foodborne infections through epidemiological modeling of WGS data.

The Foodborne Pathogens and Epidemiology research group analyzes and interprets data on foodborne pathogens, and antibiotic resistance and consumption, and develops epidemiological models, monitoring strategies, interventions, decision-making tools and performs risk assessments. The research group combines methods in quantitative epidemiology with output from conventional and molecular microbiology (WGS, NGS).

Your overall focus will be to support the research group’s competences in applying WGS/NGS data in epidemiological modeling.

Your primary tasks will be to:

  • Analyse and interpret data on the occurrence of selected foodborne pathogens in humans, animals, food and the environment collected in four African countries with the purpose of identifying sources, transmission routes and other risk factors for foodborne infections
  • Support the analysis and interpretation of national surveillance data on foodborne pathogens
  • Communicate research results by presenting data at project meetings and international conferences, and write reports and manuscripts for publication
  • Collaborate with internal and external partners through active participation in national and international meetings and conferences, sharing of data and results, and contribution to joint publications
  • Participate in the teaching of the research group’s courses

The day-to-day work will be performed in close collaboration with other researchers in the Foodborne Pathogens and Epidemiology group and within the project consortium.

How to Apply?

Application Method: Online Application
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Application Procedure

Applications must be submitted as one PDF file containing all materials to be given consideration. To apply, please open the link "Apply online", fill out the online application form, and attach all your materials in English in one PDF file. The file must include:

  • A letter motivating the application (cover letter)
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Grade transcripts and BSc/MSc diploma (in English) including official description of grading scale

About the Department/Section/Group

The National Food Institute researches and communicates sustainable and value-adding solutions in the areas of food and health for the benefit of society and industry.

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Note or Other details

The appointment will be based on the collective agreement with the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. The allowance will be agreed upon with the relevant union.

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If you are applying from abroad, you may find useful information on working in Denmark and at DTU at DTU – Moving to Denmark.

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Contact details

Further information may be obtained from Professor Tine Hald, [email protected], +45 51157485 or group leader Marianne Sandberg, [email protected], +45 4031 4954.

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