PhD-candidate in the field of Quantitative Veterinary Epidemiology

PhD-candidate in the field of Quantitative Veterinary Epidemiology

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22 Jun 10 Jul Wageningen

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Job description

We are looking for a PhD-candidate in the field of quantitative veterinary epidemiology. Our previous theoretical research has shown how genetic selection against endemic infections can be done and how it would lead to reduced transmission at the farm level, potentially leading to local eradication. In this PhD-project, you will focus on the case of Mycobacterium avium Paratuberculosis (MAP) in the Dutch dairy cattle population. The aim is to investigate the potential for (local) eradication of MAP in Dutch herds, using a combination of transmission modelling, statistical data analysis and quantitative genetics.

You will analyse the transmission of MAP using big data from routine MAP evaluations of Dutch herds. This includes connecting the transmission of MAP to whole-genome genotypes of the cows, allowing for genomic prediction.
  • Based on the results of the analysis, you will develop quantitative models to predict the outcome of genetic and management interventions that aim to reduce the prevalence of MAP. These models will be founded in earlier theoretical work done at QVE-ABG.
  • In the project, you will also collaborate with researchers in Ireland and Scotland.
The research is embedded within the chairs Quantitative Veterinary Epidemiology, led by Prof. Mart de Jong, and Animal Breeding and Genomics (; You will be co-supervised by Prof. Mart de Jong and dr Piter Bijma (Animal Breeding and Genomics).


Wageningen University & Research


  • an MSc degree in animal sciences with a specialization in quantitative veterinary epidemiology.
  • a strong background in the quantitative modelling of transmission of infectious diseases in livestock, ideally including survival of the pathogen in the environment and analysis of risk factors.
  • a keen interest in quantitative modelling, statistical data analysis, and development of quantitative methods in epidemiology, as demonstrated by a high quality MSc thesis.
  • international experience.
  • excellent English language proficiency (a minimum of CEFR C2 level). For more information about this proficiency level, please visit our special language page.

Conditions of employment

Wageningen University & Research offers excellent terms of employment. A few highlights from our Collective Labour Agreement include:
  • sabbatical leave, study leave, and partially paid parental leave;
  • working hours that can be discussed and arranged so that they allow for the best possible work-life balance;
  • the option to accrue additional compensation / holiday hours by working more, up to 40 hours per week;
  • there is a strong focus on vitality and you can make use of the sports facilities available on campus for a small fee;
  • a fixed December bonus of 8.3%;
  • excellent pension scheme.
In addition to these first-rate employee benefits, you will receive a fully funded PhD position and you will be offered a course program tailored to your needs and the research team. The gross salary for the first year is € 2.443,- per month rising to € 3.122,- in the fourth year in according to the the Collective Labour Agreements for Dutch Universities (CAO-NU) (scale P). This is based on a full-time working week of 38 hours.

We offer a temporary contract for 18 months which will be extended for the duration of the project if you perform well. There are plenty of options for personal initiative in a learning environment, and we provide excellent training opportunities. We are offering a unique position in an international environment with a pleasant and open working atmosphere.

You are going to work at the greenest and most innovative campus in Holland, and at a university that has been chosen as the "Best University" in the Netherlands for the 16th consecutive time.

Coming from abroad
Wageningen University & Research is the university and research centre for life sciences. The themes we deal with are relevant to everyone around the world and Wageningen, therefore, has a large international community and a lot to offer to international employees. Applicants from abroad moving to the Netherlands may qualify for a special tax relief, known as the 30% ruling. Our team of advisors on Dutch immigration procedures will help you with the visa application procedures for yourself and, if applicable, for your family.
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Wageningen University & Research

Wageningen University & Research
The mission of Wageningen University and Research is "To explore the potential of nature to improve the quality of life". Under the banner Wageningen University & Research, Wageningen University and the specialised research institutes of the Wageningen Research Foundation have joined forces in contributing to finding solutions to important questions in the domain of healthy food and living environment.

With its roughly 30 branches, 7.200 employees and 13.200 students, Wageningen University & Research is one of the leading organisations in its domain. An integrated approach to problems and the cooperation between various disciplines are at the heart of Wageningen's unique approach. WUR has been named Best Employer in the Education category for 2019-2020.

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We will recruit for the vacancy ourselves, so no employment agencies please. However, sharing in your network is appreciated.


  • PhD
  • Natural sciences
  • max. 38 hours per week
  • €2443—€3122 per month
  • University graduate
  • P995459-1


Wageningen University & Research

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