We are looking for an enthusiastic and creative epidemiologist to strengthen our team. The position of Assistant Professor Environmental Epidemiology is part of the 'One Health Microbial' research group. In this group, interdisciplinary research and teaching is conducted, focusing on environmental exposures and human health effects of livestock farming, food safety, and veterinary public health related issues. The group has a strong background in observational epidemiological research, exposure assessment, environmental epidemiology, and public health. Active collaboration exists with groups with expertise in (molecular) microbiology in the medical and veterinary faculties of Utrecht University. Studies that are conducted focus on epidemiological studies to mitigate animal/environmental and food associated human health risks. Research is expected to develop innovative ways for assessing risks for environmental exposure, as well as human and animal health and welfare, based on diverse and complex sources of data.
One of the projects the Assistant Professor will contribute to is the long running Livestock Farming and Neighboring Residents’ Health Study (the Dutch Veehouderij en Gezondheid Omwonenden (VGO) Study), in collaboration with RIVM, WUR and Nivel. This study investigates potential public health risks in the proximity of livestock farms, for example respiratory health effects, infectious diseases, and antimicrobial resistance. Furthermore, the candidate will contribute to exposure modelling of air pollutants in rural regions, and linking the exposure data to health outcomes.
The candidate will contribute to:
- data analysis and reporting of ongoing epidemiological studies, in particular analyses that involve spatial epidemiology and exposure assessment;
- setting up the data management/data sharing procedures of the VGO study in collaboration with other consortium partners;
- preparation of grant applications;
- teaching courses which are part of the One Health Research Master's programme.