Social Science Researcher

Zoonotic Diseases in Emerging Livestock Systems Consortium
Yangon, Myanmar
Consultant (Long Term)

This project funded under a United Kingdom Research Council initiative entitled ‘Zoonotic Diseases in Emerging Livestock Systems’ (ZELS) is seeking to appoint an in-country social science researcher for the social science component of the study. The main consortium research partners for this five year project are: The Department of Veterinary Medicine, University of Cambridge; Institute for Development Studies, University of Sussex (IDS); the Oxford University Clinical Research Unit, Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam (OUCRU); and the Livestock Breeding and Veterinary Department (LBVD), Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation of Myanmar.

The project involves an interdisciplinary team of researchers and the social scientist must be comfortable working in collaboration with those from other disciplines, such as veterinarians, medical doctors, epidemiologists and microbiologists. Close liaison is expected with researchers at the LBVD. The appointed individual will work closely with Drs Hayley MacGregor, Michael Loevinsohn, and Ayako Ebata who lead the social science work in the ZELS consortium.

The Myanmar Pig Partnership research project focuses on the risks of zoonotic disease emergence associated with a rapid growth in and intensification of livestock production in Myanmar in recent years. Zoonotic diseases (zoonoses) are passed between animals and humans. Bacterial zoonoses, especially gastrointestinal infections, are a deeply damaging but often unrecognized limiter to health and well-being, particularly of the poor, in low and middle income countries. Our hypothesis is that the diverse emerging livestock systems, especially those based on pigs, upon which these countries increasingly rely, are major sources of these infections. Furthermore, we hypothesise that these zoonotic threats are impacted upon by the risk environment and pathogen- and host-related factors.

See Facebook link for further details on the vacancy and how to apply.

The position would be full time for 1 year and 9 months. It is likely to commence as soon as possible after interview. The conditions of work will be as for MOCRU employees which includes support for medical costs and a per diem for fieldwork involving an overnight stay.​

Application due in on Tuesday 14 November 2017 by 4 pm Myanmar time.

Interviews will take place on Tuesday 21 November 2017 in Yangon at the MOCRU office. At interview candidates will be expected to discuss their research experience and show experience of methods relevant for the research in the project, as outlined above in the background and job summary.​

Closing date: 
14th November 2017