Modeller to analyse how wind-borne, plant pests and diseases spread

We are seeking a modeller to build on our work in collaboration with the UK Met Office, to analyse how wind-borne, plant pests and diseases spread in natural and agricultural settings.

The post-holder will be primarily responsible for utilising the Numerical Atmospheric Modelling Environment (NAME), developed by the UK Met Office to simulate the large-scale, long distance dispersal of plant pests and pathogens. The modelling is intended to inform policy at national and international levels for developing and developed countries to aid in optimal surveillance to predict the future spread of emerging epidemics and to compare management scenarios.

The successful candidate will work with a team of modellers to optimise and expand current modelling approaches that include the provision of real-time forecasts of disease outbreaks in Ethiopia in collaboration with the UK Met Office, CIMMYT and the Ethiopian Institute of Agricultural Research. There will be opportunities to inform the implementation of national disease management, as well as for scientific publication.

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