ILRI MSc Graduate Fellowships - Diarrheal Disease in Cattle Production Systems

ILRI MSc Graduate Fellowships - Diarrheal Disease in Cattle Production Systems


About the project and position

  • Diarrhea in calves is indicative of enteric infection and can cause devastating losses to farmers, as well as a risk of zoonotic infections to humans. Knowledge of the etiological causes of diarrhea is required for appropriate treatment and interventions. However, lack of affordable diagnostic tools often leads to symptomatic treatment with antibiotics (even where the diarrhea is not of bacterial etiology), thereby facilitating unnecessary AMU which increases production costs and poor treatment outcomes. Inappropriate AMU may facilitate development and dissemination of antibiotic-resistant bacteria and antibiotic residues to animals, animal-source foods, people and environment.

  • The Graduate Fellow will work with ILRI scientists to investigate diarrhea in cattle production systems in Kenya. He/she will gain knowledge and skills in design and use of molecular diagnostic tools for pathogens, antimicrobial resistance, advanced molecular techniques and basic bioinformatics. The training also includes strengthening other skills including scientific writing, presentations, and research methodology.

    Key responsibilities

  • Literature survey on “Diarrheal diseases in livestock production systems”.

  • Investigate pathogens associated with diarrheal disease in cattle.

  • Determine susceptibility of relevant bacterial pathogens to antibiotics.

  • Investigate knowledge, attitudes and practices related to antimicrobial
    use in treatment of diarrhoea.

  • Statistical analysis using R packages and STATA.

  • Scientific writing (at least 1 poster and 1 peer-reviewed journal publication).

    Position requirements

  • Registered in a recognized university and completed MSc course work in Microbiology and biotechnology, Molecular biology, Animal Health, Animal production, Bioinformatics or relevant related field in Biological Sciences and ready to start his/her thesis project.

  • Undergraduate degree in Microbiology and biotechnology, Molecular biology, Animal Health, Animal production, Bioinformatics or relevant related field in Biological Sciences.

  • Demonstrated experience working in microbiology or molecular biology or bioinformatics.

  • Working knowledge of research methodology and statistics including R packages.

  • Experience contributing to writing reports and journal publications.

  • An effective and energetic team player with the ability to work in a multidisciplinary and multi-cultural environment.

  • Ability to work independently, multi-task and meet tight deadlines.

  • Proficiency with written and spoken English.

    Benefits:

  • ILRI will offer a monthly stipend to cover living expenses in the project location, medical insurance, and cover research expenses and a partial contribution towards university fees. The successful candidate will receive capacity development opportunities from ILRI.

    How to apply:

  • For more information and job application details, see; ILRI MSc Graduate Fellowships - Diarrheal Disease in Cattle Production Systems

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