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PhD opportunity in bacteriophage and antimicrobial resistance modeling at Kansas State University

A PhD studentship is available at the Department of Diagnostic Medicine/Pathobiology, College of Veterinary Medicine, Kansas State University. The ideal candidate will have a doctor of veterinary medicine, a doctor of medicine, or an equivalent degree; training in research via a MSc degree; and quantitative skills confirmed by either formal education or research publications. Applicants who have not completed a MSc should either demonstrate extensive research experience during their undergraduate career, or have completed an MPH or acquired employment‐based experience in public health, epidemiology, or biostatistics.

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 area for the PhD research can be bacteriophage therapy development and studying interactions between bacteriophages and antimicrobial drugs, including mathematical modeling of the pharmacodynamics. This focus area is in collaboration with the U.S. Navy. Alternatively, the PhD research focus area can be analysis of bacterial antimicrobial resistance distribution in populations and sample size estimation for such studies. In either of the two cases, the candidate will perform both laboratory‐based research and statistical or mathematical modeling and simulation based research. The student will be supported to complete the K‐State Graduate Certificate in Applied Statistics, if they chose so. The student will be supported for attending scientific conferences, and offered additional networking and experience opportunities via concurrent projects in the host group, e.g., to assist in activities of the U.S. National Antimicrobial Resistance Monitoring System.

To apply, please send a maximum of a two‐page Research Statement with two ideas of quantitatively minded investigations into one of the two focus areas outlined above, Curriculum Vitae, transcripts of all prior degrees (e.g., veterinary, BSc, MSc, MPH), and a list of four references to: nowakows@vet.kstate.edu. Applications that do not include the research statement or are otherwise incomplete will not be considered. The candidate must also meet the requirements for admission to the PhD in Pathobiology program: https://www.vet.kstate.edu/education/dmp/graduate/programs/pathobiology.html. Detailed inquiries about possible research projects or program of studies can be directed to Dr. Victoriya Volkova, vv88@vet.k‐state.edu.

The host group is co‐located with the Institute of Computational Comparative Medicine (http://iccm.kstate.edu/) and the Nanotechnology Innovation Center of Kansas State (http://nicks.ksu.edu/). The host group is a member of the Center for Outcomes Research and Epidemiology (https://www.vet.kstate.edu/research/core/). This 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, metagenomics, bioinformatics, molecular simulation, population pharmacokinetics, and physiologically based pharmacokinetic modeling is available to support the applicant’s research development. Further, expertise in virology, bacteriophage therapy development, microbiology, experimental pathology, immunology, emerging and foreign animal infectious diseases, preventive medicine, food safety, and economic analysis of disease control is available through the Department, ICCM, CORE, or active collaborations. Facilities for laboratory, animal, and simulation based research are available. The
position is open until filled.