PhD position in animal epidemiology and health economics, ANSES, Lyon, France



Job title

Doctoral (PhD) student position in animal epidemiology and health economics (H/F)

Type of contract

Three-year research contract


ANSES (French Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health & Safety), Lyon, France

Starting date

October 2016





Project description


Bluetongue – a viral infection of ruminants transmitted by biting midges – was detected in France in 2015. This epizootic led to the implementation of restricted areas. Regulated movements of cattle in these areas aims to limit the spread of the disease but have a significant economic impact. By calibrating and using a previously developed epidemiologic model, this project aims to evaluate the epidemiological impact and economic cost of alternative scenarios of control of disease infection and spread.


This project will be co-directed by ANSES and the French Agricultural Research Centre for International Development (CIRAD), in collaboration with researchers from the University of Liverpool, England. The doctoral student will be located in the Epidemiology unit of Anses – Laboratory of Lyon, France. Travels to England and CIRAD in Montpellier, France will be planned according to the project requirements.


Based on data from previous bluetongue epizootics, this project aims to model the overall cost of surveillance and control measures. These economic parameters will be integrated in a model combining surveillance and control actions given the close interactions between these two components. In a context of decreasing resources for animal health, this project will provide technical elements to the French platform for animal health surveillance about the improvement of the efficiency of surveillance and control systems in animal health.




Required degree


M.Sc. in Epidemiology and Biostatistics


  • Documented skills in data analysis
  • Knowledge in health economics
  • Good command of a script language (R, C++, Python…)
  • Good knowledge of scientific English
  • Scientific writing skills

Job specifications

  • Interdisciplinary work
  • Autonomy and scientific rigour
  • Teamwork skills
  • Geographic mobility



Deadline: 8 July 2016 (interview for selection between July 18th and 22th)

For more information on the position, please contact: Viviane Hénaux (

Send your application, including the following documents: letter of application + curriculum vitae + academic transcripts (Master level) + 2 letters of recommendations), to Renaud Lancelot ( and Viviane Hénaux (