Opportunities in the Group:
Postdoctoral Research Associate Position available:

A full-time Postdoctoral Research Associate position is available in the Institute of Evolutionary Biology, University of Edinburgh, UK

A post-doctoral position is available starting on May 1, 2012 to work on dynamics of within- and between-species parasite transmission in a natural small mammal community in the UK.  This will be part of a NERC funded grant led by Andy Fenton (University of Liverpool), Amy Pedersen (University of Edinburgh) and Owen Petchey (University of Zurich) to quantify host species contributions to parasite transmission and persistence across a diverse, natural multi-host-multi-parasite community. This work will involve a combination of fieldwork (small mammal trapping), large-scale ecological manipulation experiments, laboratory assays, and theoretical modelling.

The post holder will help manage the field-trapping programme, conduct laboratory assays for parasite identification, carry out data management and statistical analysis and help develop the community epidemiology models. Experience in laboratory molecular work and statistical analyses are essential, and experience in small mammal trapping, disease ecology and mathematical modelling are desirable. The post holder will have the unique opportunity to link experimental field based approaches with a theoretical ecology framework to better understand how host community composition influences parasite persistence and the success of targeted disease control programmes.

The post will be for up to 36 months and will be based within the lab of Amy Pedersen at the Institute of Evolutionary Biology & Centre of Immunity, Infection, and Evolution at the University of Edinburgh, and will be fully integrated within the wider research team from the Universities of Liverpool and Zurich.  For more information on the research groups please see the following websites:

The salary range is £30,122 - £35,938; dependent on experience.

Applications will be accepted until February 23, 2012.

For the Postdoctoral Research Associate (Ref. #: 3015298) application and specific job description, please go to:


For specific information about the project, please email Amy Pedersen
 (amy.pedersen@ed.ac.uk) and/or Andy Fenton (a.fenton@liverpool.ac.uk).
Ph.D. Opportunities:

If you are interested in doing a PhD in my lab then please email
me the following information:

  • Your CV, including the contact details of three references
  • A one page statement of your research interests, including a description of your research experience and your future research interests.

For more information look here.

Undergraduate Research Opportunities:

We do lots of field and laboratory work and often hire undergraduates during the summer or school year to assist on these projects and gain experience. If you are interested in research opportunties, email
me to inquire about future openings.