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PhD position in The role of free-living amoebae in environmental transmission of infectious pathogens.

College of Veterinary Medicine

Sunday, April 18, 2021 Competition Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)
West Lafayette USA Animal Welfare Ecology Epidemiology Veterinary Medicine Veterinary Nursing Veterinary Pathology

About the Project

Applications are invited for two competitive, fully-funded PhD positions in the new Infectious Diseases Epidemiology Laboratory at Purdue University, College of Veterinary Medicine. The group is headed by Dr Wendy Beauvais, who is seeking self-motivated students to drive forward novel areas of interdisciplinary research with the goal of improving human, animal and ecosystem health. Applicants are invited to nurture a diverse, collaborative, supportive and productive research environment.

A 4-year graduate assistantship, health insurance benefits, tuition and fee waiver, as well as supplementary funds for field work and presenting work at conferences are available. The positions are available to start from August 2021 at the earliest.

The PhD candidate will be mentored in the area of:

The role of free-living amoebae in environmental transmission of infectious pathogens.

The candidate will be trained in epidemiological methods including observational study design and mathematical modelling. Applicants must be able to demonstrate previous success using statistical and/or mathematical modelling methods and demonstrate excellent scientific writing. Previous training or experience in ecology, ruminant diseases, bacteriology or parasitology would be an advantage.

Department of Comparative Pathobiology, Purdue Veterinary Medicine

The successful candidates will be admitted to the graduate program of the department of Comparative Pathobiology ( at Purdue’s West Lafayette campus, which is home to more than 10,000 postgraduates ( Purdue University is the land-grant University of the State of Indiana. As the only College of Veterinary Medicine in the State, the College is in the unique position of conducting education, research, and outreach to fulfill the veterinary needs of the State and improve the health and well-being of animals and people. The Department of Comparative Pathobiology (CPB), housed within the Veterinary College, has a long tradition of excellence. The CPB department is dedicated to the study of disease processes at the molecular, cellular, individual, population and ecosystem levels, its impact and specific diagnosis. Various areas of expertise within the Department include infectious diseases and vaccinology, pathology, cancer biology, drug development, toxicology, animal welfare, disease diagnostics and surveillance, and human-animal interactions.



To apply:

Interested candidates must apply to the Graduate School through the Department of Comparative Pathobiology. In your statement of purpose, please explain which of the two project descriptions above you are interested in.

Short-listed candidates will be invited to participate in video-conference interview consisting of a 5-minute research presentation and a standardized set of interview questions. Provisional interview dates are 28th and 29th April 2021.

If you have any questions about the application process, you may email Julie Lewellen at . If you have any questions about the position, please email Dr. Wendy Beauvais at .


Applications must be submitted by April 18th 2021.

Diversity Statement

Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine values, nurtures, and respects all members of its community and ensures an environment of inclusive excellence where all students, faculty, and staff are inspired and empowered to achieve their full potential. In order to be better informed about issues of climate, diversity and inclusion, Purdue University and Purdue Veterinary Medicine provide the opportunity for all its faculty and staff to participate in various diversity-training activities.

Purdue University is an EOE/AA employer. All individuals, including minorities, women, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply.


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