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Post-doctoral position on epidemiology

A post-doctoral position is proposed by the Unit BIOEPAR (Nantes) and MIA (Jouy en Josas) to work on "Analysis of dynamical networks of cattle movements regarding the spread of infectious diseases and their control"

Montage photographique illustrant le dispositif de recherche en santé animale. © inra, Marie-Colette Fauré
Updated on 01/20/2015
Published on 12/23/2014

Research Unit : UR341 MIA-Jouy –> MaIAGE since the 1st Jan 2015, http://jouy.inra.fr/mia/  
with UMR1300 BioEpAR (INRA/Oniris) http://nantes.inra.fr/bioepar/
Full Address : Domaine de Vilvert, 78352 Jouy-en-Josas Cedex
Contact : Elisabeta VERGU, elisabeta.vergu@jouy.inra.fr
Title of the proposal : Analysis of dynamical networks of cattle movements regarding the spread of infectious diseases and their control

Location : INRA, Jouy-en-Josas, France
Expected starting date : 1st trimester 2015
Duration : 18 to 24 months
Salary : Basic gross salary around 2500 €/month (possibility to apply to Agreenskills)

 

Expected skills    

  • PhD in applied mathematics, physics, mathematical biology, computer or computational science, with experience in complex system modelling and biological data analyses  and significant computational/programming skills (C/C++,Perl/Python)
  • Strong organizational & written/oral communication skills, high motivation towards scientific research, interest in infectious diseases & interdisciplinary research

 

Proposal description : Infectious diseases of livestock impact animal health and food safety, and cause economic losses to the animal production sector. Their effective control is a major issue for sustainable livestock farming and competitive agri-food chains, but also for veterinary public health. In a currently globalised production system, where farms are highly interconnected through animal trade and via a variety of direct and indirect pathways allowing pathogen spread (contact at pasture, pathogen spread by the wind), control need to be considered at large scales. A better understanding of pathogen propagating pathways between farms is needed. This involves the uncovering of the network of livestock movements, which is often the main driver of infection spread, and of the role played by trade exchanges in epidemic and endemic situations. This project aims at (i) investigating the characteristics of cattle-trade networks driving pathogen spread, by adapting existing appropriate tools for the analysis of dynamical networks or building new ones, (ii) exploring the relative contributions of transmission pathways of infections unfolding on contact dynamical networks and evaluating control strategies with respect to generic characteristics of endemic infectious diseases of cattle. This project extends our current work in two directions. First, it continues the study of cattle movements in France spanning on several years (2005-2009), by elaborating and adapting appropriate tools for the analysis of dynamical networks, extending the temporal analysis of database to the national scale and diversifying the analysis with respect to relevant features. Second, it extends ongoing studies concerning the modelling of various pathogen spread causing endemic diseases in cattle by building a generic view.

Subjects : Analysis of time-varying networks; Multi-scale dynamical modelling; Integrated and sustainable management of animal health

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