Researcher in vector-borne disease control and epidemiology

About the position and the project

The Faculty of Science and Technology at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU) has a vacant 2-year Researcher position related to vector-borne disease control and epidemiology.

The Water and Environmental Engineering research group generates new knowledge and disseminates insights in the field of water and water treatment. The group carries out research in the interface between the subjects of water, environment, technology, medicine, biology and social sciences. A specific research area of the group is water, sanitation and health in developing countries, with a strong focus on vector-borne diseases. The activities on vector-borne disease research are expanding. For more information on research undertaken on vector-borne diseases, click here.

Dengue is the most common and widespread mosquito-borne arboviral disease globally causing >390 million infections and >20,000 deaths annually. There are no effective vaccines, preventive drugs or treatments. Therefore current efforts to reduce dengue transmission rely primarily on mosquito vector control. Although most vector control methods used by national dengue control programs may temporarily reduce mosquito populations, there is little evidence that they affect transmission.

There is a compelling need for innovative, effective and locally adapted approaches for sustainable vector control and monitoring, to which school children can be particularly relevant contributors. Schools have been engaged in national dengue control programs in several countries and school-based vector control research projects have been associated with better dengue knowledge uptake and contributed to improved school and community-based vector control activities. Hence, in this project, we aim to involve middle school students and encourage them to become actors in dengue knowledge transfer to their communities and lead the delivery of vector control interventions and monitoring methods.

Following this rationale, we believe that students can become pilots of decentralized vector surveillance and agents of sustainable disease control in line with recent new paradigms in integrated vector surveillance and control. This provides an opportunity to operationalize transdisciplinary research towards sustainable health development.

The project aims to improve knowledge of dengue and vector control in students and their parents by inducing active student involvement in community vector control and monitoring and to facilitate improved teaching capabilities by training of teachers and optimizing the general public health curriculum. This will contribute to the long-term project objective to reduce dengue transmission and exposure to dengue risk factors in Myanmar.

Main tasks

The project that the incumbent will mainly be working on is entitled “School and community-based student-driven dengue vector control and monitoring in Myanmar: A cluster randomized controlled trial”. The short title is MY-SCHOOL.

The project is funded by the Research Council of Norway for 2019-2022. The long-term objective is to reduce dengue transmission and exposure to dengue risk factors in schools and communities in Myanmar. The project objective is to assess the impact of student-driven interventions on dengue incidence and entomological risk factors in schools and communities.

Main tasks

  • Scientific, technical, and administrative support
  • Data analysis, interpretation and sharing of research findings
  • International travelling to support project activities
  • Developing and seeking extramural funding support for new projects
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Qualifications and skills

Required academic qualifications

  • PhD in medical entomology, epidemiology, or similar fields
  • Research experience in integrated vector control or epidemiology, with published work in peer-reviewed journals
  • Experience from vector control, disease control and epidemiology of dengue
  • Experience in working independently using statistical applications and mathematical modelling approaches
  • Experience working in vector-borne disease endemic tropical countries, particularly in SE Asia
  • Fluent in written and spoken English

Desired academic qualifications

  • Experience in the theory and practice of COMBI (communication for behavioural impact) approaches
  • Knowledge of virological and serological aspects of dengue,
  • Knowledge of socio-economic aspects of dengue,
  • Documented history of development and funding of research projects.

Required personal skills

  • Advanced knowledge of vector-borne disease epidemiology and control
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Excellent personal and time management skills
  • Confident and proficient in the use of MS Office
  • Skills in the use of statistical software, especially Stata and R.

Desired personal skills

  • Experience in the control of other vector-borne diseases
  • Meticulous attention to detail and accuracy
  • Problem solving attitude
  • Positive work attitude
  • Flexibility, and able to work under pressure with tight deadlines.

Remuneration and information

The researcher position is placed in government pay scale position code 1109 Researcher, wage framework 24, salary grade 61- 67 (NOK 534 100 – 597 400) on the Norwegian Government salary scale upon employment depending on qualifications.The position follows ordinary meriting regulations.

For further information, please contact Dr. Hans J Overgaard, Research scientist, by e-mail: hans.overgaard@nmbu.no

Information to applicants

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Application

To apply online for this vacancy, please click on the ‘Apply for this job’ button above. This will route you to the University’s Web Recruitment System.

Please add a cover letter indicating your motivation for applying for the position.

Applicants invited for an interview will be asked to present verified copies of diplomas and certificates.

Application deadline: March 24th 2019

Up to ten publications selected by the applicant as most relevant must be attached to the application. If it is difficult to identify the contribution of the applicant in multiple-author publications, a short explanation about the applicant’s part of the work is suggested.

Printed material, which cannot be sent electronically, should be sent by surface mail to Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Faculty of Science and Technology, P.O. Box 5003, NO-1432 Ås, within March 24th 2019

Please quote reference number 19/00119

The Faculty of Science and Technology (REALTEK)

REALTEK has 130 employees, about 1,100 students and about 70 PhD students. The Faculty offers bachelor, master and doctoral degrees in natural sciences and engineering in the fields of environmental physics and renewable energy, building and architecture, water and environmental technology, machine-, process and product development, geomatics and educational sciences.
The workplace is in Ås, 30 km from Oslo.

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The Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU)

NMBU has a special responsibility for research and education that ensures the basis of life for future generations.

Sustainability is rooted in everything we do and we provide knowledge for life.

NMBU has 1700 employees and 5200 students and is organized in seven faculties. NMBU has a campus in Ås and in Oslo. In the autumn of 2020 we are co-located on Ås. Further information on NMBU is available at www.nmbu.no

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Deadline

24.03.2019

Post expires on Sunday March 24th, 2019