Job reference 19 / 107358 Date posted 04 / 04 / 2019 Application closing date 29 / 04 / 2019 Salary £20,836 - £23,334 per annum (potential to progress to £24,771 per annum through sustained exceptional contribution) Job category / type Technical Job description The Technician will provide key technical support to a new research group led by Prof Eric Morgan in the School of Biological Sciences, working as part of a research programme investigating the epidemiology of parasite infections in grazing livestock under climate change.
The project will develop targeted selective treatment (TST) approaches to gastrointestinal nematode control in cattle. Practical experiments in the laboratory and at field sites on farms will refine empirical understanding of climatic drivers of infective nematode larval availability and distribution, to feed into predictive models of parasite dynamics.
Additionally, infection levels will be tracked in herds practising different management methods, to compare with model predictions.
Outcomes will be used to assess the sustainability of TST approaches under climate and farm management change, and generate high quality peer reviewed publications, practical recommendations to the UK cattle farming industry, and a toolkit for computer simulation of parasite management on cattle farms.
The successful applicant will provide technical support to this ambitious cutting edge research project and will be involved with day-
to-day laboratory and project management, setting up laboratory and field experiments and farm trials, collecting and organising data from those experiments and trials, assisting in the preparation of project outputs, and engaging in outreach activities.
They will take direct responsibility for some of the practical activities, reporting to and with the support of the grant holder and a post-
doctoral research assistant (PDRA) also engaged on this specific project. This post is funded by the UK Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council and is available until 30 April 2021.
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