Opportunities

We are based at the School of Biodiversity, One Health and Veterinary Medicine and the MRC-University of Glasgow Centre for Virus Research, which are located on the Gilmorehill and Garscube Campuses of the University of Glasgow (about 15 minute apart by bike), respectively. This creates cross-cutting research environment that allows group members to do everything from wet lab work, to bioinformatics, field ecology, epidemiology and machine learning.

UPCOMING WORKSHOP:

Coordinating the development of self-disseminating vaccines for spillover prevention. The goal of this NSF-funded workshop (co-organized with Scott Nuismer) will be to coordinate the future development of safe and effective self-disseminating vaccines through structured discussion among sociologists, immunologists, virologists, disease ecologists, bioethicists, and evolutionary biologists. Participants in the workshop will include speakers and participants selected for their prior contributions to the field. We will also support the participation of up to 6 additional individuals who will be selected based on a short application. Selected applicants will be expected to present their research, including their vision for how it is or may eventually become relevant for self-disseminating vaccine development. Applications due by 31 October 2022. Apply here!

OPEN POSITIONS:

2 Year Postdoctoral Assistant or Associate funded by a Wellcome Senior Research Fellowship, this position will develop and validate dynamic spatial models of rabies virus transmission and control using a wealth of spatial, serological and viral genomic data from vampire bats and livestock. Models will be used to understand fundamental questions about how bat ecology and population dynamics enable the long-term maintenance of a lethal virus in a slow-reproducing host and applied questions about how self-disseminating betaherpesvirus- or poxvirus- vectored vaccines might interrupt rabies transmission within a bat reservoir. Applications due by 10 October 2022. Apply here!

UPCOMING POSITIONS:

1.5 Year Postdoctoral Assistant funded by a Human Frontiers in Science Program Grant, this position will investigate the epidemiology and immunobiology of a morbillivirus in vampire bats. The position will involve serology and transcriptomics so would suite a virologist with lab experience and interests in viral ecology or epidemiology. Project collaborators include Felix Drexler and Paul Duprex. Please email Daniel if interested.

Prospective PhD students

Prospective PhD students should get in touch with me by sending a [1] CV,  [2] the names and contact information for 2 people who can comment on your work and [3] a one-page statement that explains your background (1/2 page) and the research you would like to do (1/2 page). Fully funded studentships are available on a competitive basis through the CVR’s PhD Programme, the University of Glasgow’s Wellcome Trust PhD Programme in Integrative Infection Biology, or external scholarships. Funded PhDs will be advertised on Twitter and FindAPhD.

Prospective Research Fellows

In the UK, fellowships are research-only positions that are available for highly competitive researchers across all career stages after a PhD (i.e., junior postdocs to full professors). They generally cover salary and research costs, providing research independence.

If you want to apply for a fellowship to work with us, get in touch and we can discuss ideas. Funding sources to consider include the Wellcome Trust, the Royal Society, BBSRC, MRC and NERC, among others.