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PhD offer - Geology/Ecology - Besançon

M/F : Geological and ecological factors determining cholera epidemics in the African Rift Valley

Name of the scientific director : G. Bornette
Type of contract: Fixed-term doctoral contract
Duration of the contract: 36 months
Start date of the thesis: 1 December 2021
Working hours: Full time
Remuneration : 2 135,00 € gross per month

Description of the thesis topic
Cholera is a highly pathogenic bacillus that has been endemically affecting the populations of the African Rift since the 1970s. Despite significant progress on the role of volcano-tectonic activity and lakes, the question of the causalities of these outbreaks remains, however, particularly along the Lake Kivu-Rusiz River-Lake Tanganyika continuum. The project aims to investigate the geological (including geomorphological, hydrogeological, and volcano-tectonic activity) and ecological causalities of the temporal dynamics and spatial distribution of these outbreaks. The work will be based on the documentation of the volcano-tectonic characteristics of the area, and on the knowledge of the circulation and quality of surface water along the north-south and east-west continuum, depending on the time of year. This knowledge will be coupled with geolocalised epidemiological data to identify the factors at work in the emergence of epidemic outbreaks.

The work is part of a collaboration between the CNRS Chrono-environment laboratory (Besançon), the Magmas and Volcanoes laboratory (Clermont-Ferrand) and the infectious disease epidemiology laboratory of the Faculty of Medicine in Kinshasa (Democratic Republic of Congo). The PhD student will be supervised by researchers from these three units, due to the strong interdisciplinary nature of the project.

The position includes periodic visits to the rift area in the DRC for data collection. It includes stays at the University of Kinshasa in contact with one of the supervisors.

Application deadline: Monday 15 November 2021
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