PhD opportunity in mathematical and pharmacological modeling and classical microbiology of bacterial antimicrobial resistance
A PhD studentship (3 to 4 years) is available at the Department of Diagnostic Medicine/Pathobiology, College of Veterinary Medicine at Kansas State University. The applicant will contribute to a research project funded by the U.S. National Institute of General Medical Sciences. The ideal candidate will have formal training and experience in mathematical modeling of biological systems (e.g., in ecological, population biology, infectious disease, antimicrobial pharmacodynamics, or physiologically based pharmacokinetic modeling) and willingness to acquire microbiological skills, or will have formal training and experience in classical microbiology and some skills in mathematical or statistical modeling confirmed by either formal education or research publications. Preference will be given to those with experience in both microbiology and mathematical or statistical modeling. A doctor of veterinary medicine or medical doctor or equivalent degree will be a significant asset. Experience in research or population health through an MSc or MPH degree or professional employment will also be an asset. Exceptional candidates with a BSc and demonstrated research experience may be considered.
The main quality sought in the applicant is the ability to apply quantitative thinking to biological questions, in terms of both conceptualizing and executing such investigations. The focus areas for the PhD research are antimicrobial resistance in human and food‐animal pathogens, antimicrobial drug pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics, and infectious disease modeling (inclusive of commensal and pathogenic bacterial ecology, transmission, and evolution). To apply, please send a Research Statement (2‐page maximum) with two ideas of quantitatively‐minded investigations into one of the focus areas, Curriculum Vitae, transcripts of the undergraduate, doctoral, and Masters degrees, and a list of four references to: Dr. Victoriya Volkova, email@example.com‐state.edu.
The host group's location provides a wide variety of equipment for investigations using methods of pharmacology, microbiology, nanotechnology, and high performance computing. Expertise in these disciplines, as well as in epidemiology, infectious disease modeling, biostatistics, bioinformatics, molecular simulation, population pharmacokinetics, and physiologically based pharmacokinetic modeling is available to support the applicant's research development. Further, expertise in virology, immunology, pathology, metagenomics, emerging and foreign animal infectious diseases, preventive veterinary medicine, food safety, and economic analysis in food animal production systems is available through the Department or active collaborations (http://www.vet.k‐state.edu/education/dmp/facultystaff/faculty/; https://www.vet.k‐state.edu/research/core/faculty.html). Facilities for laboratory‐based, animal‐based, and simulation‐based research are available. The position is open until filled.