Postdoctoral fellow in Epidemiology of Antimicrobial Use in Pigs

Ref PAR 2023/46

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The Institute is composed of the following four departments:

  • The Department of Infectious Diseases
  • The Department of Microbiology and Immunology
  • The Department of Medical Biochemistry and Cell Biology
  • The Department of Laboratory Medicine

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Subject area 

Epidemiology of Antimicrobial Use in Pigs

Subject area description 

In the Health Geography Group led by Thomas Van Boeckel, we have an interest in the spatial distribution of disease with a focus antimicrobial resistance (AMR). We conduct global, and regional analysis of the distribution of drug use, and drug-resistant pathogens. Our work aims to generate evidence to guide policies to curb AMR around the world. The new postdoc will lead these efforts for the European continent.


We are looking for quantitatively minded candidate to study antimicrobial use in pig husbandry in Europe before and after the potential adoption of alternatives to antimicrobials. The candidate will combine geospatial models with livestock demography data, and results from clinical trials on alternatives to antibiotics. The ideal candidate will also bring his/her own research questions to develop in the broad field of epidemiology of AMR. The project is funded by the AVANT consortium (

The successful candidate will produce independently (i) statistical analysis of on-farm antibiotic use datasets and (ii) maps of antimicrobial consumption across Europe. She/he will be expected to attend quarterly online meeting (on-line), as well as yearly consortiums meetings in person.


The eligibility criteria for employing teaching staff are set out in Chapter 4 of the Higher Education Ordinance and in the Appointment Procedure for Teaching Posts at the

To be eligible for appointment as a postdoc, the applicant is required to have a doctoral degree, a doctoral degree in art or a foreign degree that is deemed to be equivalent to a doctoral degree. This eligibility requirement must be met before the employment decision is made. 

In the first instance, those who have completed their degree no more than three years prior to the end of the application period shall be considered. Those who have completed their degree more than three years prior to the end of the application period may also be considered in the first instance if special grounds exist. Special grounds relate to leave of absence due to illness, parental leave, commissions of trust within union organisations, service within the defence services or other similar circumstances, as well as clinical service or service/assignment relevant to the subject area.  

Assessment criteria 

- Oral and written fluency in English is an essential requirement.

- Experience working in the field of in veterinary epidemiology or animal production

- Experience working with antimicrobial use data at country-level- and farm-level

- Proven experience of working with the programming language R, and although not required experience using spatial analysis packages in R is an asset.

- Fluency in French and Danish although not required is an asset (principal field collaborator are based in France and Denmark)


Regulations for the evaluation of qualifications for academic positions are given in Chapter 4, Section 3 - 4 of the Higher Education Ordinance.



The employment is full time and temporary, two years with the possibility of one year's extension, with placement at the Institute of Biomedicine. First day of employment as agreed.


Selection process 

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Contact information 

If you have any questions about the position, please contact professor Thomas van Boeckel,



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The application should contain:

- A cover letter giving a brief description of previous research experience, and a motivation to why you are applying

- A CV including a list of publications

- Proof of completed PhD

- Contact details of two references


Applications must be received by: 2023-02-15

The University works actively to achieve a working environment with equal conditions, and values the qualities that diversity brings to its operations.

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