University of Glasgow – Institute of Biodiversity, Animal Health & Comparative Medicine – TRACE Project Assistant (virtual) – deadline: December 2022

Name University of Glasgow
Department BAHCM – Institute of Biodiversity, Animal Health & Comparative Medicine
Placement base location Distance (from home)
Contact for enquiries Professor Katie Hampson
Contact details


Telephone: 0141 330 4433

Placement job title TRACE Project Assistant
Potential start date 1st August 2021 (flexible)
Potential working pattern

Daily work pattern: 8 hours per day

Total hours per week: 35

FT/PT: FT (PT could be considered)

Details of application method CV and short covering email.
Application closing date December 2022
Overview of PIPS organisation
This post will sit within the Institute of Biodiversity, Animal Health and Comparative Medicine within the University of Glasgow’s College of Medical, Veterinary and Life Sciences. BAHCM is a fundamentally multidisciplinary research body with a key strength of working on interdisciplinary boundaries. We are unique in the UK in our ability to link research on animal diseases, production and welfare with ecological and evolutionary approaches. Our work addresses multiple biological levels: from research into molecules and cells, to research into individuals, human populations and ecosystems. Our research is organised into four broad and overlapping research themes that integrate researchers across the institute:

  • Ageing, Health & Welfare
  • Animal Ecology & Environmental Change
  • Infectious Disease
  • Evolutionary Analysis

The position will be situated in Professor Katie Hampson’s research group, which focuses on the ecology of infectious diseases, particularly rabies, with the aim understanding infection dynamics across spatial scales and the impacts of control efforts. Methods combine of surveillance (contact tracing, genomics, field diagnostics), vaccination interventions and modelling and main areas of research include:

  • Transmission dynamics
  • Vaccination strategy and surveillance design
  • Implementation research and process evaluation
Placement offered

Project Assistant: TRACE (Tracing Rabies and Communities’ Experiences)

Rabies is a vaccine-preventable disease that kills around 60,000 people every year in low- and middle-income countries. Professor Katie Hampson’s Wellcome Trust Senior Wellcome Fellowship ‘The Science of Rabies Elimination’ explores fundamental and applied questions about rabies dynamics to support the goal of elimination through synergistic research embedded within large-scale rabies control programmes.

TRACE: Tracing Rabies and Communities’ Experiences is a new public engagement project funded by the ScotPEN Wellcome Engagement Award that will share the voices and stories of communities fighting rabies in Tanzania. Researchers from the University of Glasgow and Ifakara Health Institute will work with locals and community leaders on Pemba Island, Tanzania, where they have carried out long term rabies research and surveillance. Together, they will create an accessible, interactive platform visualising research findings and the individual experiences of people affected by rabies and those involved in efforts to control it. Sharing this with decision makers and other rabies-affected communities in East Africa will help local communities influence rabies research, management and policy.

The postholder will support the TRACE team in the creation of this platform and its content. The main responsibilities of this role are to:

  • Identify compelling narrative material from research interview archives
  • Contribute to editing and compiling of videos, voice recording and photographic records
  • Contribute to development of data visualisations
  • Assist with TRACE project administration
  • Assist with project evaluation

The postholder will be encouraged to bring their specific areas of expertise and interest to the project and are encouraged to outline these in their application.

For more info on TRACE see (Funded projects).

Financial contribution/benefit(s)
Due to remote working, costs associated with this post are expected to be low but in-house costs and expenses will be covered by the host organisation. A budget is available to cover any training needs.