Position Summary Seeking Senior Research Associate with education, experience, and expertise in epidemiology to participate as a collaborator with the Secure Food System Team working on Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) and Foot and Mouth Disease in Swine and Dairy Cattle. Doctorate level applicant must have a strong research background and a minimum of 10 years experience in epidemiology. Applicant must be able to creatively employ epidemiologic methods and other science and research tools to address novel and complex problems.
Applicant will serve as research epidemiologist on Risk Assessments HPAI and FMD research studies conducted at the University of Minnesota, College of Veterinary Medicine, participating on a team of avian influenza experts.
In order to contribute alongside advanced researchers as well as to work independently (ie, with minimal guidance and oversight), this person must have in-depth knowledge of epidemiology and 10 years of experience beyond a doctorate degree.
Must be able to formulate research objectives and research methodology that takes into account the poultry, swine and dairy industry constraints and opportunities. Must understand risk assessment research applied in the food animal industries.
Candidate is expected to support development of research team by exploring and contributing to expansion of funding opportunities. Successful candidate will have a history of successful grant writing.
Candidate must have strong orientation towards instruction and interaction with post docs and residents involved in the HPAI outbreak research and must serve as technical advisor to post docs as they begin work in this area.
Requirements The candidate must have the following: • Doctorate degree in epidemiology, biostatistics, or related field • A minimum of 10 years of experience in a research setting • Demonstrated research experience with significant responsibility • Experience translating proposal information into measurable research goals, objectives, and outcomes • Experience in the management, design, conduct, analysis, and interpretation of research studies • Expertise in the design, development, maintenance, and evaluation of data systems and applications • Writing experience in developing the range of materials needed to support research and programmatic activities including risk assessments, grant applications and proposals, IRB applications, surveys and other instruments, brochures, reports, plans, comprehensive reviews, and manuscripts. • Academic journal publications • Successful record in grant funding • Successful track record of collaboration, consultation, and communication with a range of constituents including business representatives, researchers, and government. • Knowledge of avian influenza/FMD and the food animal production industry • Knowledge and understanding of concepts related to business continuity, proactive risk assessments, and just in time production. • Capability to provide intellectual and research support and direction to veterinary residents and post docs working on risk assessments and their attendant products
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