Post-Doctoral Fellow - Agent-Based Modelling in Aquaculture - Department of Health Management - Atlantic Veterinary College

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Academic Opening
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Thursday, October 5, 2017
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September 8, 2017
Department of Health Management - Atlantic Veterinary College
Post-Doctoral Fellow - Agent-Based Modelling in Aquaculture

The Atlantic Veterinary College (AVC) at the University of Prince Edward Island (UPEI) is seeking a highly-qualified applicant for a post-doctoral fellow position in aquatic epidemiology with an emphasis on host-parasite modelling using agent-based approaches. The successful candidate would contribute to a research programme that focuses on the development and application of novel quantitative approaches to salmon health and sustainability. This programme focuses on eco-system health on the East Coast of Canada and includes modules that explore the use of latent variable and agent-based models to improve antimicrobial and anti-parasitic therapies, as well as the early detection and more effective control of disease via risk-based surveillance and novel sensor technologies.

The successful individual will join a multi-disciplinary team of epidemiologists, data science modellers, statisticians, fin-fish clinicians, ecosystem health and regulatory veterinary medicine specialists, whose work focuses on holistic approaches to assist the Canadian and international aquaculture sector improve the productivity, sustainability and health of aquatic food animal stocks. The post-doctoral fellow will contribute to a major multi- institutional grant involving academic, industry and government partners related to modelling the spread of pathogens in the marine environment, including interactions between farmed and wild fish, and the evaluation of mitigation strategies to reduce disease risk.

In particular, it is proposed that existing agent-based models be extended to incorporate novel treatment types (including the range of non-chemical treatment options now being explored by industry) to assess their effectiveness against sea lice. The issue of co-infection may also be explored in such models, through the incorporation of another pathogen of concern to Atlantic salmon farming in Eastern Canada, such as Renibacterium salmoninarum (the cause of bacterial kidney disease).

The selected candidate must have:

• A PhD in a relevant discipline. This may be in a directly relevant area such as ecology or epidemiology, but a more general discipline (such as computing science or applied physics) where strong quantitative and modelling elements have been evident and the candidate has demonstrated an interest in the application of such approaches to modelling in the life sciences.
• Proficiency in at least one scientific programming language (e.g. Python, R, Java, C++ or Matlab) is essential.
• Those with a strong research publication record, with evidence of a commitment to develop communications on the application of quantitative modelling in the life sciences will be preferred.
• Expertise with aquatic animal diseases or host-parasite modelling, particularly using agent-based approaches, is desirable.
• Experience of working in a multidisciplinary group with demonstrated abilities to communicate with individuals from diverse backgrounds is expected.
• Must be self-motivated and able to work both independently, and as an effective partner within the team.

This post-doctoral assignment will start as soon as possible, subject to funding approval, and run until August 31, 2019 (the term may be reduced or extended depending on participation in the project, available funding and project requirements). A competitive post-doctoral stipend will be offered on a per annum basis for the duration of the assignment. Questions about the position should be forwarded directly to Dr. Crawford Revie through emailing Sheri Gregory (

Interested candidates should submit a letter of intent, curriculum vitae and the names of three referees by email to:

Dr. Crawford Revie
Professor and Canada Research Chair, Population Health: Epi-Informatics
Department of Health Management
Atlantic Veterinary College, UPEI
550 University Avenue
Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island
Telephone (902) 620-5062

In accordance with Canadian immigration requirements, all qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority. UPEI is committed to the principle of equity in employment.

Closing date for applications is October 5, 2017 or until a suitable candidate is identified.


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