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Epidemiologist with an interest in disease control and surveillance

The National Veterinary Institute, SVA, is a Swedish national authority that strives for good animal and human health, a good environment and sustainable food production. SVA is located in Uppsala and has approximately 350 employees with expertise in disease control, preparedness, surveillance, diagnostic investigations, research, and communication.

As part of our commitment within the One Health European Joint Programme, and other new projects coordinated by the Department of Disease Control and Epidemiology, we are now looking for an epidemiologist.

Our group is nationally responsible for surveillance design and evaluation, provides advice in the management of notifiable and exotic disease suspicions and outbreak investigations, preparedness, risk assessment, and epidemiological research relevant for the mandate of the authority. We have a broad network and close collaboration with other authorities, animal health organisations, universities, and are part of several international research groups.

Work tasks

  • Epidemiological analysis of data from surveillance or disease control activities, and from Swedish national livestock databases.

  • Compilation and communication of research results, using both traditional and new channels.

  • Infectious disease modelling and analysis of associations between disease occurrence and potential risk factors.

  • Contribute to, and potentially lead, research and development projects within the field of animal health surveillance.

Desired candidate

We seek a positive and creative epidemiologist with an interest in quantitative epidemiology who wants to develop methods and perform epidemiological analysis that can be used to support decision making in surveillance and disease control. The candidate will thus contribute to strengthen SVA’s role in animal health through different work tasks at the department, and will also be involved in specific research and development projects, both on the national and international level. We welcome recently graduated PhDs, who will be supported by senior researchers in our group.

Required criteria

  • PhD or other documented postgraduate degree/education in veterinary epidemiology or closely related area which demonstrates strong capability for quantitative epidemiological research. Recently graduated PhDs (within the last 3 years, excluding justified leaves of absence) will be prioritised.

  • Demonstrated skills in statistical programming in any language is required. Experience with the R statistical programming language and/or computer modelling would be a plus.

  • The candidate must be team oriented and be willing to share their knowledge and support other co-workers in our team.

  • Demonstrated ability to write scientifically in English.

Desirable criteria

Experience in animal health surveillance practice and/or research and familiarity with livestock systems.

Experience with international collaboration.

Extent: 2 years temporary employment, starting as soon as possible.

If you have further questions, please contact Head of section Jenny Frössling, Epidemiologist Thomas Rosendal, or Human resources specialist Susanne Östling. Union representatives for SACO is Magnus Thelander, for ST Carina Pettersson and for SEKO Theres Andersson. All can be reached at +46 18 67 40 00.

To apply please use the form below. Send a cover letter and your CV by attaching a Word dokument or PDF file. Attachments can contain up to 20 Mb. Then fill in your information in the form further down and send the application.

Please note that the fields marked * are mandatory to fill in, but we would like you to fill in all fields in order to process your application properly.

Once you submit your application, a confirmation that your application has been received will be desplayed and you will receive an email to the email adress you have registred.

SVA is an authority, which means that all emails sent to us are public documents.

Please submit your online application no later than February 28, 2018.


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