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The Centre for Wildlife Studies - Doctoral Fellowship - Public Health & Safety (0-1 yrs)

Bangalore Job Code: 11324

Understanding drivers and determinants of community awareness and response to zoonotic diseases and human-wildlife conflict in rural Karnataka

- Centre for Wildlife Studies, Bengaluru (CWS, www.cwsindia.org) is a registered non-profit trust in India since 1984. CWS is an internationally recognized centre-of-excellence in the arenas of wildlife research, conservation, policy, and education. CWS is recognised as a Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation, and Centre for Excellence by the Government of India. CWS scientists and students have produced > 300 scientific publications and books, 1000s of popular articles in multiple regional languages. We have also formally educated & trained > 200 doctoral and master's students, engaged > 7,000 citizen scientists & > 1,00,000 school children. Uncompromisingly committed to wildlife conservation, we believe that collectively that our science, conservation and education activities have made valuable contributions to saving India's wildlife and serving its people.

- Institute of Public Health, Bengaluru (IPH), a scientific research organisation recognised by the Ministry of Science & Technology, Government of India, is a premier institute for training and research in health systems in India. IPH's research work in the course of its 15-year long history has focused on identifying equity-oriented and health systems based research questions. IPH organizes need-based capacity building programmes and courses implemented either within health services, or through e-learning and blended training approaches based on our perceived need for particular knowledge, skills and attitudes among health workers, health managers, policymakers/decision-makers and other health system actors.

- We seek an outstanding graduate student to begin a 3-4 year Ph.D. position in September 2021 at the Centre for Wildlife Studies. The research will be part of a collaborative, interdisciplinary project involving CWS and IPH, as well as other partners.

- The student will work under the guidance of Dr. Krithi Karanth (CWS) and Dr. Prashanth Nuggehalli Srinivas, who heads the health equity cluster and OneHealth work at IPH. The student will be registered in the PhD program of the Centre for Doctoral Studies at the Manipal Academy of Higher Education (MAHE).

- The research will involve collecting, modelling, and integrating data on socioeconomic,public health and ecological correlates of zoonotic diseases and human-wildlife conflict to understand community level awareness and response. The research shall encourage the use of mixed methods that integrate qualitative and narrative data in addition to quantitative data.

- Applicants should have a M.Sc. in wildlife ecology, conservation science, or environmental science, or, or Masters in public health and social sciences in relation to health. Candidates should have experience with data analysis field work, a strong interest in zoonosis and human-wildlife interactions, and a desire to conduct applied research to inform policy. We seek candidates with some combination of the following experience and skills : qualitative and quantitative surveys, conducting focus groups, in-depth interviews, meta-data analyses and advanced statistical analysis. The student will be expected to share time between CWS and IPH in India. Funding is available to support stipend, travel, and research costs.

Interested applicants should send an email as soon as possible to Dr. Karanth with the Subject: PhD in Public Health and Safety and including a single pdf with:

a) Brief statement of interest
b) Curriculum Vitae
c) Copy of transcripts (unofficial ok)
Interviews will be conducted on a rolling basis till position is filed.

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