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The University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Knoxville, TN

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Post-Doctoral Research Associate 

Veterinary Public Health – One Health

The department of Biomedical and Diagnostic Sciences at the University of Tennessee, College of Veterinary Medicine, is a regional and national resource for veterinary laboratory diagnostics, biomedical discovery, public health, and the human-animal bond. We are now seeking a highly motivated Postdoctoral Associate to conduct mixed methods, infectious disease research, specifically how occurrence and transmission of these diseases is influenced by intricate host interactions along the human-animal-environment interface. The overall objective of this research is to develop disease prediction and control models that employ both qualitative and quantitative tools.

This position will be based in Knoxville, Tennessee. It will focus on two main themes; the role of human behavior on animal health and welfare outcomes, as well as drivers of disease emergence and spread along the human-animal-environment interface. Biosecurity is a key ingredient in the management of animal health, disease prevention and control, about 20% of this position will focus on understanding the role of modifiable human behavior on the transmission of endemic and non-endemic animal diseases of high consequence in the US livestock industry. This will require a multisectoral approach and thus the successful candidate will have the ability to function successfully in interdisciplinary teams. Similarly, the evolving nature of our environment and rapid increase in emerging pathogens of medical and veterinary importance is complex and requires a One Health approach to understand and mitigate. This position will support the implementation of projects seeking to understand and reduce disease risk along the human-animal-environment interface, with a strong focus on vector borne zoonotic diseases. Successful candidate will be required to support students, interns, and residents in data wrangling and basic biomedical lab techniques.

Position requires a Ph.D. or a professional doctorate in Epidemiology, Public Health, Veterinary Medicine and or related fields (with the degree completed by the time of hire, or in final stages of completion), and experience with both quantitative and qualitative analysis. Generally, tasks and projects will involve analysis of mixed qualitative and quantitative data and development of models/strategies to elegantly link these data. Additionally, the successful candidate should have experience with managing large data sets, qualitative risk assessment, and statistical predictive modelling of disease occurrence or spread and impacts of mitigation measures. Experience with either; animal handling, community engagement or molecular lab techniques or a strong willingness to work in such settings is needed. Excellent writing, communication, and organizational skills, and the ability to work independently are required. Previous experience with zoonotic disease or foreign animal disease research is an added advantage. Employees in the public health and epidemiology group support projects in other sections of the BDS Department.

Specific Tasks:

    Project management of research activitiesDesign and implement qualitative and quantitative studies to assess the drivers of zoonotic disease occurrence or emergence along the human-animal-environment interface.Support sample collection, preparation, and preliminary testing of collected samples, including running serology screening tests and performing molecular techniques e.g., DNA extractions, running PCRs and genomic analysis.Publish in peer review journals and present at national and international scientific conferences.
Other tasks may arise during the appointment:

    Manage relationships with internal and external stakeholders.Support teaching activity in epidemiology, One Health, food safety and veterinary public health.Participate in the mentorship of graduate and professional students.Support grant writing efforts of the team and wider One Health work in the department.
Required Qualifications:

    PhD or professional degree in Veterinary Medicine, Public Health, Epidemiology, or other health related sciencesStrong data analysis skills in R (or similar languages). Knowledge of python an added advantage.Experience collecting and analyzing qualitative data.Publication history for quantitative and qualitative researchExcellent verbal, written and interpersonal skills.

Candidates with any of the following qualities would have an added advantage:

    A background in international medicine, policy, or global health.Knowledge of ecological niche modellingExperience working with vector microbiome.Ability to travel and work globally as well as rural areas in the US.
How to Apply: Please submit your CV, a cover letter and 3 references to Ms. Elizabeth Allen at

The University of Tennessee is an EEO/AA/Title VI/Title IX Section 504/ADA/ADEA Institution in the provision of its education and employment programs and services. The University of Tennessee does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, color, religion, national origin, age, disability or veteran status in provision of educational programs and services or employment opportunities and benefits. This policy extends to both employment by and admission to the University. The University does not discriminate based on race, sex or disability in its education programs and activities pursuant to the requirements of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990. Inquiries and charges of violation concerning Title VI, Title IX, Section 504, ADA or the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) or any of the other above referenced policies should be directed to the Office of Equity and Diversity (OED), 1840 Melrose Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37996-3560, telephone (865) 974-2498 (V/TTY available).

Job: Research Professional
Primary Location: US-Tennessee-knoxville
Organization: Biomedical & Diagnostic Sciences
Schedule: Full-time
Job Posting: Jun 13, 2024, 10:48:39 AM


Working at The University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Founded in 1794, the University of Tennessee is one of the nation’s oldest and most storied public universities. Based in Knoxville, Tennessee’s flagship land-grant institution includes the statewide Institute of Agriculture and the Space Institute in Tullahoma. The university embodies excellence in teaching, discovery, scholarship, research, creative activity, outreach, and engagement. Known as the Volunteers, we lead with a spirit of selflessness, empathy, and courage, and strive to be champions for diversity, equity, and inclusion

UT Knoxville is a Research 1 university with 11 academic colleges and more than 900 programs of study. With an enrollment of more than 30,000 students, our academic programs are repeatedly ranked top in their class. The university co-manages Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the country’s most prominent national lab, driving innovation in advanced manufacturing and materials, national security, and more. We are closely connected with our communities through outreach and extension efforts across Tennessee and through partnerships with non-profits, corporations, and industries—regionally, nationally, and around the globe.

The city of Knoxville is nestled in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains. The modern, thriving community is surrounded by gorgeous lakes and hundreds of miles of walking, hiking, and biking trails. Situated along the banks of the Tennessee River, our beautiful features an eclectic music scene, internationally recognized festivals, unique restaurants, and a robust offering of diverse cultural activities. Knoxville is located within a day’s drive of Atlanta, Nashville, Asheville, Charlotte, Louisville, Cincinnati, Memphis, Chicago, and Washington D.C.

Knoxville and the surrounding counties have a population of more than 850,000 people. The region houses many leading corporations and organizations, including Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Pilot/Flying J, the Tennessee Valley Authority, and Regal Cinemas, along with HGTV, Food Network, and other networks owned by Discovery Inc.

As a member of the UT family, you will be surrounded by top-notch faculty, staff, and students from around the world. You will be part of a diverse campus community that is passionate about changing the world and cheering for the Vols on game day.

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