Research Fellow – PhD Studies Mitigating agriculture-associated antimicrobial resistance in poultry value chains

  • Kampala, Uganda
  • Bioversity International

Research Fellow – PhD Studies

Mitigating agriculture-associated antimicrobial resistance in poultry value chains


On behalf of the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), Bioversity International is now seeking for a qualified candidate to serve as a Research Fellow.

Both ILRI and Bioversity International are CGIAR Research Centres.

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Under the supervision of the Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) Scientist, the Research Fellow will contribute to the project Antimicrobial use and resistance in poultry production chains in Uganda and the associated risks to human health.

The specific focus of this PhD fellowship is to investigate how the use of antimicrobials links to the occurrence of Anti-Microbial Resistance (AMR) and residues in poultry and assess resulting public health risks.


Key Responsibilities

  • Investigate antimicrobial use in targeted poultry production systems
  • Map AMR risks in the poultry production chain
  • Conduct prevalence studies to define prevalence of antimicrobial resistance and residues
  • Assess risks for human health resulting from antimicrobial use in poultry production
  • Contribute to development of training materials for interventions
  • Thesis and publications write-up

Qualifications and competencies

  • Ugandan national
  • Relevant MSc degree (Veterinary Epidemiology, Public Health or similar) from a recognized university
  • Background in poultry production is an asset; demonstrable affinity with research on AMR or zoonotic diseases
  • Knowledge and experience with field surveys and risk assessment, bacteriological laboratory experience is an asset
  • Proven ability to work in interdisciplinary teams and interest in working within a multinational research program
  • Strong oral and written communication skills in English, especially regarding academic writing and presentations
  • Successful applicant will be expected to secure university admission to a PhD program within 3 months


Terms and conditions: The initial contract is for a period of 2 years and is renewable based on performance and availability of funds. The offer has a competitive stipend and covers living expenses in the project location/s, medical cover for self and eligible dependants, travel insurance, travel and research costs. The fellowship covers tuition costs at the fellow’s university of admission. The project will be conducted in Uganda and the student is expected to spend approximately 1 year at Freie University Berlin and the Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) in Berlin, Germany.

How to apply: Applicants should send a cover letter and CV explaining their interest in the position, what they can bring to the job and the names and addresses (including telephone and email) of three referees who are knowledgeable about the candidate’s professional qualifications and work experience by clicking on the "Apply Now" tab above before 28 October 2019. Please note that in the application you are required to provide the contact details (address, telephone number and e-mail address) of at least three referees, which Bioversity will contact for short listed applicants

Bioversity International is an equal opportunity employer and strives for staff diversity.

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