Research Fellow – PhD Studies Control of Peste des Petits Ruminants

  • Kampala, Uganda
  • Full-time
  • Bioversity International


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.

For further information on ILRI, consult the website at:


Under the supervision of the ILRI Scientist, the Research Fellow will contribute to the project Epidemiology of Peste des Petits Ruminants.

The overall objective of the project is to better understand the infection dynamics of the Peste des Petits Ruminants virus (PPRV) in selected production systems and the importance of other small ruminants’ diseases. The research would also aim to evaluate the biological impact of certain interventions especially vaccination under selected livestock production systems in Uganda.


Key Responsibilities

  • Develop a detailed research proposal within the objectives outlined above and in accordance with the registering university
  • Develop tools and protocols to assess the incidence, prevalence and the associated risk factors of PPRV in selected small ruminant production systems
  • Lead survey teams in field data collection
  • Conduct laboratory analysis of samples to estimate prevalence of the PPRV in the selected production systems
  • Curate data collected for storage in a publicly accessible repository
  • Build mathematical models to better understand PPRV infection dynamics and impact of interventions
  • Analyze and interpret data
  • Thesis and publications write-up

Qualifications and competencies

  • MSc degree in Veterinary Epidemiology or relevant disciplines
  • Good understanding and experience in smallholder livestock production systems in Uganda
  • Proficiency in mathematical and simulation modelling software
  • Evidence of initiative and ability to work independently
  • Ability and willingness to travel extensively in rural areas to conduct fieldwork
  • Ability and willingness to spend considerable periods in challenging rural locations for field work
  • Ability work in large multicultural multidisciplinary teams
  • Excellent verbal and writing skills in English
  • Excellent data management skills
  • 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.

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.


[1] Bioversity International is a CGIAR Research Centre. For further information on Bioversity International, consult the website at


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