Postdoctoral Researcher in Pathogen Dynamics

Big Data Institute (NDM), University of Oxford

Oxford, South East England, United Kingdom

Salary: Grade 8: £40,792 - £48,677 p.a.


We are seeking a Postdoctoral Researcher in Pathogen Dynamics. This is an exciting opportunity to conduct phylogenetic research on one of the largest HIV genomic data sets collected in Africa to date. You will work on the phylogenetics sub-study of the large HPTN 071 (PopART) intervention trial, which aims to tackle the HIV epidemic in Zambia and South Africa.

PopART Phylo will use phylogenetic methods to examine patterns of HIV transmission on a population level in selected HPTN 071 communities. This study will provide key insights into the source of new infections in these communities and will identify factors associated with HIV transmission. The results will help guide future studies and public health prevention programs that build on the results of the HPTN 071 trial to optimise community-based approaches for HIV prevention.

You will work in a team with two PopART modelers and the PANGEA team consisting of one project manager and two phylogenetics/phylodynamics/bioinformatics researchers to analyse the PopART Phylo and other PANGEA sequence data and answer questions relevant to the PopART trial and the PANGEA collaboration. The approach being used is multidisciplinary, combining viral genomics, bioinformatics, statistics, modelling, phylodynamics, and statistical genetics. You will develop innovative methods, combining statistical genetics, phylogenetics and/or phylodynamics, and mathematical modelling.

You must have a PhD in infectious disease epidemiology, pathogen dynamics, phylodynamics, statistical genetics, applied computing, statistics, applied mathematics, data sciences, or relevant quantitative science, together with relevant experience in genetics or statistics.

This full-time position is fixed-term for 2 years in the first instance.

Candidates with potential but less experience who are seeking a development opportunity, may be considered for appointment at Grade 7 (£32,236 - £39,609 p.a.) with the responsibilities adjusted accordingly. Further particulars, including details of how to apply, can be obtained from the document below. Applications for this vacancy should be made online and you will be required to upload a CV and supporting statement as part of your application.

For questions please contact Lucie Abeler-Dörner (

The closing date for applications is 12.00 noon on Thursday 22 November 2018.

Please apply via recruiter’s website.

Quote Reference: University of Oxford-itox_ac-137350