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Postdoctoral Researcher

Pathobiology and Population Sciences
Location:  Nr. Potters Bar, Hertfordshire
Salary:  £34,650
Per annum, inclusive of London Weighting
Closing Date:   Friday 02 August 2019
Interview Date:   Monday 12 August 2019
Reference:   PPS-0149-19

We have an exciting opportunity for a Postdoctoral Researcher to join the Veterinary Epidemiology, Economics and Public Health Group. This is a fixed-term contract until August 2021, in the first instance. 

You will be responsible for managing the day-to-day running of a project co-funded by The Racing Foundation and Horserace Betting Levy Board, which aims to better understand reasons for premature loss of horses from the racing industry and how early life experiences affect injury risk and performance in later life. The role will include monitoring of a Thoroughbred birth cohort, data collection, processing and statistical analysis, writing progress reports and publishing findings in peer-reviewed journals. You will be expected to communicate with stakeholders in the UK racing industry.

The ideal candidate will be a highly motivated self-starter with strong interpersonal communication skills. S/he should have a PhD in a relevant subject, good understanding of epidemiological principles and experience of analysing large datasets using advanced statistical methods. Knowledge of, or a keen interest in, the racing industry is essential. Experience of implementing and managing large epidemiological studies would be advantageous.

We offer a vibrant and supportive research environment for postdoctoral researchers, with a strong focus on facilitating their skills and career development. You will be part of a large, highly successful and outward-facing group with expertise in veterinary epidemiology, public health and economics, as well as benefit from the College’s expertise in equine reproductive biology. Support will be provide to attend relevant training courses and to participate in national and international conferences to communicate research findings.  

Prospective applicants are encouraged to contact Professor Kristien Verheyen by email:

For further information and to apply on-line please visit our website:
Job reference: PPS-0149-19

Closing date for applications is: 2 August 2019
Interviews are likely to be held on 12 August 2019

We promote equality of opportunity and diversity within the workplace and welcome applications from all sections of the community.

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The RVC fully embraces modern day living and aims to balance the diverse needs of the business with those of our staff.  We will therefore carefully consider applications to work on a part-time, flexible and job-share basis where possible.