Research Fellow – PhD Studies Strengthening veterinary public health at the point of slaughter

  • 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 Leptospirosis and salmonellosis in livestock at slaughter in Uganda: serological and molecular investigations.

This project aims to improve the health of food producing animals and as a consequence the health of people who work in the processing of animal sourced food. Leptospirosis and salmonellosis are endemic in Africa and potentially life-threatening diseases. Sentinel studies for the occurrence of leptospirosis and salmonellosis will be implemented in animals at slaughter (serological, microbiological and molecular techniques). Data will be incorporated into training activities to educate workers regarding disease risks and ways to reduce transmission.


Key Responsibilities

  • Literature search and data analysis on the occurrence of zoonoses particularly leptospirosis and salmonellosis in animals in Eastern Africa
  • Observational studies for risk behaviours and practices during the slaughter process
  • Sample pigs in slaughterhouses in Uganda
  • Perform bacteriological, serological and molecular tests for identification and typing of Leptospira spp. and Salmonella spp. from animal samples
  • Perform trace back analyses to understand the geographical distribution of Leptospira and Salmonella in livestock in Uganda
  • Liaise with project partners for the training of relevant slaughterhouse personnel
  • Thesis and publications write-up

Qualifications and competencies

  • Relevant MSc degree in Natural Sciences (Veterinary Medicine, Biology, Biotechnology etc.) from a recognized university
  • Knowledge of the veterinary sector is an asset; demonstrable affinity with research on zoonotic diseases
  • Knowledge and experience with serological and molecular methods
  • 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 3 months 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.


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


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