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New PhD and MSc opportunities!

Bristol Vet School: Link to advert

New PhD as part of the Medical Research Foundation National PhD Training Programme in Antimicrobial Resistance Research: Hobby Farming: Exploring Human-Animal Interactions, Disease Management and Antimicrobial Resistance on Smallholder Farms – with Kristen Reyher, Henry Buller and Matthew Avison

This 3.5-year, fully funded PhD seeks to examine the relationships of hobby farmers with their animals and with animal disease, with a distinct focus on antimicrobial use and resistance. Questionnaires detailing general livestock management as well as details of hobby farmers’ relationships with their animals will be designed and carried out. Antimicrobial use on a number of farms, most likely in South West England, will be delineated using quantitative recording of on-farm antimicrobial use. Establishment of patterns of antimicrobial resistance on hobby farms and comparison to current data being collected on dairy farms as well as within the companion animal population (especially dogs) within a similar geographic region (via the OH-STAR project) is one of the aims. Establishment of factors associated with resistance patterns will be explored using risk factor analysis. Qualitative data collection (semi-structured interviews and focus groups) will be used to investigate the relationships between hobby farmers and their livestock as well as the awareness and understanding of antimicrobial resistance by hobby farmers, and comparison with extant literature on farmers. These different data streams will be brought together using triangulation principles in order to provide a well-rounded understanding of the part hobby farming may play in the development of antimicrobial resistance and transmission between animals and humans in a One Health context.

 This project may appeal to students with cross-disciplinary interests in veterinary sciences, social sciences, epidemiology and microbiology but does require a veterinary degree as previous qualification.


Université de Montréal, Canada: Link to advert 

PhD and MSc studentships in bovine health and welfare research in the bovine ambulatory clinic team. These have been passed on by Prof. Simon Dufour and his group – our collaborators who presented in an FADG a few week’s back.


University of Wageningen, the Netherlands: Link to advert

Postdoctoral research position on ‘Evaluating behaviour change interventions in urban food markets”

We are looking for a postdoctoral researcher on behavior change and food safety for a large interdisciplinary program funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. This project uses risk-based approaches and generates evidence on the burden of foodborne diseases (FBD) and management options that are feasible for improved supply chain management in poultry meat and vegetables value chains in Ethiopia and Burkina Faso. It develops and tests novel, but simple and practical approaches to improving food safety, building on interventions to support consumer demand for safe food, trader ability to deliver it, and regulator capacity to support it (the so-called pull-push approach).