PhD Research Fellowship in Plague Wildlife and Urban Transmission Modelling

Deadline: 28 February 2016
Open to: master’s degree or equivalent in mathematics, with an excellent background in stochastic analysis and stochastic control
Fellowship: pay grade: 50 – 57 (NOK 429 700 – 482 800 per year)


A PhD Research Fellow position is available at the Centre for Ecological and Evolutionary Synthesis (CEES). The fellowship will be for a period of 3 years with no compulsory teaching work. Tentative starting date as soon as possible, but no later than 1 June 2016.

The main objective of the PhD project is to create computational models that reconstruct the spread of plague across Eurasia in historic times.  This will involve both simulating the spread of plague through rodent ecosystems, and simulating human-mediated spread within and between cities and settlements, in metapopulation type epidemiological models.

The candidate will test the defining characteristics of different disease transmission models against historic human outbreak data and recent wildlife rodent surveillance data. The candidate will determine which modes of transmission were more likely (and under which conditions), and collaborate with the team at CEES on how these more likely models can be tested, for example by their differentiating effect on an ancient DNA-based phylogenetic tree of plague.


Applicants must hold a master’s degree or equivalent in mathematics, with an excellent background in stochastic analysis and stochastic control. Knowledge of white noise analysis and Malliavin calculus for Lévy processes is an advantage.

English language requirements:

  • TOEFL – Test of English as a Foreign Language;
  • IELTS – International English Language Testing Service;
  • Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) and Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) from the University of Cambridge;
  • Applicants to the programme for the PhD degree in Science must obtain a minimum score of 550 (paper-based) or 213 (computer-based) or 80 (internet-based) on the TOEFL test, or a minimum score of 6.5 from the  IELTS (academic) test. The same applies to applicants for postdoctoral research fellow positions.


Position code 1017, Pay grade: 50 – 57 NOK 429 700 – 482 800 per year (around EUR 44,715- EUR 50,240).

How to apply?

In order to apply you should register trough their system. Application letter including a statement of interest, summarizing your scientific work and interests and describing how you fit the description of the person they seek:

  •  CV (summarizing education, positions and academic experience);
  •  Copies of educational certificates (bachelor and master), and transcript of records;
  •  2 names and contact details of references (name, relation to candidate, e-mail and telephone number);
  •  A 3 page proposal where the candidate sets outs his/hers plans on how to fulfil the objective;
  •  Academic publications (if any, up to 3) or a master thesis may be included to be considered by the evaluation committee.

Deadline for applying is 28 February 2016.

For more information please visit the official website.

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