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Acarologist researcher specialising in tick biology and ecology M/F

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CIRAD, the French Agricultural Research Centre for International Development, works with its partners in southern countries to generate and pass on new knowledge to support agricultural development and innovation.

It has one main objective: to build sustainable farming systems for tropical and Mediterranean regions capable of feeding ten billion human beings by 2050 while preserving the environment.  



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Acarologist researcher specialising in tick biology and ecology M/F

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You will be working in the CIRAD/INRAE “Animal, health, territory, risks and ecosystems” (ASTRE) joint research unit, whose main objective is to improve animal health through integrated, multi-disciplinary, and intersectoral approaches. The first post will be in Réunion, as part of the Astre team, which consists of around 10 people (entomologist, epidemiologists, laboratory technicians). This team coordinates and manages the “One Health Indian Ocean” (dP OHOI) regional research network.
You will develop research in collaboration with the other researchers of the team and the unit to better understand the bioecology of ticks and the epidemiology of priority tick-borne diseases (babesiosis, anaplasmosis, theileriosis, heartwater) in the islands of the South West Indian Ocean, in order to improve the monitoring, prevention and control of these diseases. To this end, you will be responsible for i) updating the lists of ticks of medical and veterinary interest in the region, ii) characterising the spatial distribution, seasonal dynamics and the level of infestation of vector species by targeting 2 priority ticks: Amblyomma variegatum and Rhipicephalus microplus, and iii) studying the dispersion and invasion phenomena of ticks and the main pathogens transmitted between the islands, particularly theileriosis.
You will contribute to teaching and to the creation/development of teaching modules dedicated to ticks and related diseases, as well as to the supervision of Masters/PhDs and professional training. You will use your expertise to respond to national and international demands regarding health risks and their management in the field of ticks and tick- borne diseases.
You will be in charge of setting up and co-ordinating international research projects, relying on existing partner networks (dP OHOI) and in close collaboration with other Astre teams working on ticks and tick-borne diseases in Montpellier and Guadeloupe.

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Acarologist specialising in tick-borne diseases in tropical environments.
Researcher (8 years of post-secondary study) with veterinary or university-level education and a PhD on ticks and transmitted diseases.
Expertise intick biology and ecology, vector control, and entomological surveillance.
Experience with ticks under controlled conditions and in the field (population monitoring/sampling, bio-ecological studies and transmission parameters).
Experience in evaluating acaricide resistance, and developing alternative methods and integrated control strategies would be a plus.
Enthusiasm for multi-disciplinary work and teamwork
Experience of drawing up and leading on research contracts is desirable.
Experience in developing countries is preferred.
English is essential.

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Computer screen work exceeding 4 hours per day.

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Salaire base France, hors indemnités d'expatriation le cas échéant

37-55 K€


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CYROI, Sainte-Clotilde, La Réunion

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