Laboratory for Rabies and Wildlife of Nancy (Malzéville)
Laboratoire Tous Chercheurs – CiTIQUE team, within the Research Mixed Unit Université de Lorraine-INRAE « Tree-Microbe Interactions »,
24 months position, open from September 2022
The post-doctoral position is part of the TIQUoJARDIN (for “Ticks in Gardens”) project (https://www.citique.fr/tiquojardin/). Ticks are the first vectors of infectious diseases in Europe. Although there are present in most green areas, including urban areas, the peri-domestic risk related to tick presence is not well known. Using a citizen science approach, the project TIQUoJARDIN aims to (i) assess the human risk associated with ticks and their pathogens in private gardens within urban and peri-urban areas, by studying two components of this risk, the hazard (density of ticks and of tick infected by several tick-borne pathogens) and human exposure (occurrence of tick bites) ; (ii) to determine the ecological and anthropologic variables influencing these two components in order to predict garden’s suitability for tick and tick-bite occurrence ; (iii) to make adapted recommendations to mitigate this risk. Parts of this project, data related to the presence of ticks (tick collection carried out by citizens) and tick bites (from answers to a survey) in more than a hundred private gardens around Nancy will be available, thanks to two sampling sessions, one carried out in the spring of 2021 and a second one to be held in the spring of 2022. The ticks collected will be identified and then analysed by molecular biology for the presence of infectious agents.
The post-doc will be responsible for analysing all the data collected within the framework of TIQUoJARDIN project. One of the objectives will be to quantify the respective influence of extrinsic ecological conditions linked to the environment around the gardens (fragmentation and connectivity of environments favourable to ticks and their hosts, degree of urbanisation, etc.) and the intrinsic ecological conditions specific to each garden (vegetation, management practices, etc.) on the two components of the risk (danger and human exposure).
He/She will also participate in the development of recommendations on tick risk prevention strategies in private gardens, through participatory workshops with citizens, based on the project results.
More specifically, he/she will have to:
→ conduct the descriptive and statistical analysis of the data collected
→ co-animate workshops for the co-construction of risk prevention recommendations with citizens, based on the results of these analyses;
→ communicate the results through publications and oral presentations at national and international scientific conferences;
→ communicate the results to citizens and risk managers through newsletters/articles and oral presentations (in person or in the form of a webinar).
TRAINING AND SKILLS
-Background: PhD or Post-Doc in quantitative ecology, spatial ecology, epidemiology, statistics applied to ecology or epidemiology
– Experience appreciated: Proven ability in data analysis, statistical modelling, use/extraction of spatial data with GIS software or R. Good knowledge in epidemiology or in eco-epidemiology of vector-borne diseases is a plus. Previous activities conducted in contact with the public will be also appreciated.
– Desired skills: Relational skill and team spirit, autonomy and scientific rigor. Keen interest for participative research, scientific mediation and working with citizens and risk managers. Proven writing skills in English. Written and oral fluency in French will be appreciated.
Applications should be sent to Laure Bournez, email@example.com, TIQUoJARDIN project leader with: a motivation letter, a CV and contact details of two referees (email and phone number).
See the job offer on : https://jobs.inrae.fr/en/ot-14529 or in french version https://jobs.inrae.fr/ot-14527