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

  • Kampala, Uganda
  • Full-time
  • 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 Transmission routes and mechanisms of AMR along the poultry production chain.

The specific focus of this PhD fellowship is to investigate transmission dynamics of the Anti-Microbial Resistance (AMR) genes at the animal-human-environment interface.


Key Responsibilities

  • Support prevalence studies to define AMR prevalence and AM residues in the poultry sector
  • Use genotyping data to describe transmission mechanisms of AMR along the poultry production chain
  • Conduct in-depth molecular analysis (sequencing) of selected bacterial isolates
  • Develop modelling framework of AMR transmission along the poultry production chain to inform risk assessments
  • Thesis and publications write-up

Qualifications and competencies

  • Ugandan national
  • Relevant MSc degree in natural sciences (Veterinary Sciences, Public Health, Agriculture, Biotechnology, Microbiology etc.) from a recognized university
  • Solid knowledge and experience with bacteriological laboratory work, experience with transmission models 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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