PhD opportunity in microbiology and mathematical modeling of bacterial antimicrobial resistance

A PhD studentship (3 to 4 years) is available at the Department of Diagnostic Medicine/Pathobiology, College of Veterinary Medicine at Kansas State University. The applicant will contribute to a research project funded by the U.S. National Institute of General Medical Sciences. The ideal candidate will have solid training in classical microbiology as well as quantitative skills confirmed by either formal education or research publications. Preference will be given to those with experience in microbiology and statistical analysis or mathematical modeling of biological systems (e.g., modeling antimicrobial pharmacodynamics, physiologically based pharmacokinetic modeling, infectious disease modeling), and experience in research or population health through an MSc or MPH degree or professional employment. A doctor of veterinary medicine or medical doctor or equivalent degree will be a significant asset. Only exceptional candidates – with demonstrated research experience – with a BSc may be considered.

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 areas for the PhD research are antimicrobial resistance in human and food-animal pathogens, antimicrobial drug pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics, and infectious disease modeling (inclusive of commensal and pathogenic bacterial ecology, transmission, evolution). Please send a maximum of a two-page Research Statement with two ideas of quantitatively-minded investigations into one of the focus areas, Curriculum Vitae, transcripts of the undergraduate, doctoral, and Masters degrees, and a list of four references to: nowakows@vet.k-state.edu.

The host group’s location 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, bioinformatics, molecular simulation, population pharmacokinetics, and physiologically based pharmacokinetic modeling is available to support the applicant’s research development. Further, expertise in virology, immunology, pathology, metagenomics, emerging and foreign animal infectious diseases, preventive veterinary medicine, food safety, and economic analysis in food animal production systems is available through the Department or active collaborations (http://www.vet.k-state.edu/education/dmp/faculty-staff/faculty/; https://www.vet.k-state.edu/research/core/faculty.html). Facilities for laboratory-based, animal-based, and simulation-based research are available. The position is open until filled.