PhD Studentship Simulation Modeling

Technical University of Denmark is delighted to offer PhD funding in computer science. The duration of this scholarship is 3 years. This funding is available for all students around the world. Applicants should apply before March 2015.

Section for Epidemiology at the national veterinary institute is seeking a candidate to fill a PhD position studying the modeling of LA-MRSA (Livestock Associated-Methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus) spread and control between Danish swine herds. This PhD position is part of a larger project, carried out by the National Veterinary Institute (DTU-Vet) and the Statens Serum Institut (SSI), aiming at generating knowledge that will be used to study the spread and control of LA-MRSA between swine herds in Denmark. Therefore, the candidate will have to work closely with another PhD student and a post-doc that will be employed in the section as well as other researchers from both institutes.

Responsibilities and tasks:
- Develop a modelling framework to study the dispersal of LA-MRSA between Danish swine herds;.
- Integrate a within-herd spread module within the model, based on work carried out by another PhD student studying the spread of LA-MRSA within swine herds.
- Use the model to identify important knowledge gaps in transmission and dispersal of LA-MRSA;.
- Model and study the impact of proposed control efforts on the MRSA dispersal between swine herds in Denmark.

- We offer an interesting and challenging job in an international environment focusing on education, research, public-sector consultancy and innovation, which contribute to enhancing the economy and improving social welfare.
- The salary and appointment terms are consistent with the current rules for PhD degree students.

The period of employment is 3 years.

Application Requirements
The candidate is expected to have:
- A master degree or an equivalent training in engineering, mathematics, animal sciences, or physics.
- Good knowledge and experience of simulation modeling and programming using R, Fortran and/or C.
- Knowledge of swine production systems.
- Good collaboration skills.
- The ability to work organized, structured and independently.
- Fluency in English

How to apply?
Further information may be obtained from the section leader, Professor Nils Toft, +45 3588 6127 or +45 3024 1161 (email: Please do not send applications to this e-mail address, instead apply online as described below. Applications must be submitted as one pdf file containing all materials to be given consideration. The file must include:
- A letter motivating the application (cover letter).
- Curriculum vitae.
- Grade transcripts and BSc/MSc diploma (an official translation into English).
- Excel sheet with translation of grades to the Danish grading system (see guidelines and excel spreadsheet here)

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