16900000 - LS-BIOLOGY

Updated: 4 months ago
Location: Gainesville, FLORIDA
Deadline: 01 Jul 2017

Classification Title:

Postdoctoral Associate

Job Description:

The Department of Biology at the University of Florida invites applications for a postdoctoral associate to investigate the transmission dynamics of influenza and other respiratory pathogens in multiple settings with Dr. Derek Cummings.The successful candidate will have the opportunity to join multiple projects related to respiratory pathogen dynamics, each of which provides a wealth of epidemiological, genetic, and immunological data to study. 

 

One project is an ongoing school-based surveillance system and household cohort monitoring influenza-like illness (ILI) in Pittsburgh, PA. The post-doctoral associate will be primarily responsible for developing predictive models to forecast temporal patters of incidence and strain distributions of both laboratory-confirmed influenza infections and cases of ILI using cause-specific school absences. The post-doctoral associate will also help develop influenza transmission models based on virus neutralization, social network, and population demography data collected from a household cohort study in Guangdong province, China. Finally, the post-doctoral associate can analyze respiratory pathogen incidence data from a multi-site, multi-year RCT among healthcare personnel in the US. This data can be utilized in many ways to improve understanding of the burden of influenza and other respiratory pathogens in selected outpatient settings.

 

The successful candidate will join a research group that spans multiple departments and divisions at the University of Florida, and will work closely with co-investigators at Johns Hopkins University, University of Pittsburgh, University of Texas Southwestern, Hong Kong University, and Guangzhou Hospital #12. The postdoctoral associate will be affiliated with the Department of Biology and the Emerging Pathogens Institute at the University of Florida.

 

This is a full time, fixed term position. Candidates must have a Ph.D. or equivalent in a subject with a substantial quantitative component and a strong record of productivity. Familiarity with infectious disease dynamics and/or modeling is highly desirable. The successful candidate will be able to work independently and will be responsible for carrying out his/her own research.

 

The University of Florida is an equal opportunity institution dedicated to building a broadly diverse and inclusive faculty and staff. Searches are conducted in accordance with Florida's Sunshine Law. If an accommodation due to disability is needed to apply for this position, please call (352) 392-2477 or the Florida Relay System at (800) 955-8771 (TDD).

 

Advertised Salary:

$50,000-60,000 annually, commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Minimum Requirements:
  • Ph.D. in related field (i.e. epidemiology, biology, ecology, physics, biostatistics) with strong quantitative focus.
  • Experience working with mathematical models, dynamical systems, Bayesian statistical inference; preferred experience with phylogenetics and immunodynamics.
  • Excellent writing and communication skills.

 

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Candidates must have a Ph.D. or equivalent in a subject with a substantial quantitative component and a strong record of productivity.
  • Familiarity with infectious disease dynamics and/or modeling is highly desirable.
  • The successful candidate will be able to work independently and will be responsible for carrying out his/her own research.
Special Instructions to Applicants:

Interested applicants must apply online at http://explore.jobs.ufl.edu/cw/en-us/listing/ and must include: (1) a cover letter describing the applicant’s interest and qualifications relative to the credentials listed above, (2) updated curriculum vitae, (3) names and contact information of three references, and (4) transcripts.

 

The final candidate will be required to provide an official transcript to the hiring department upon hire. A transcript will not be considered "official" if a designation of "issued to the Student" is visible. Degrees earned from an educational institution outside of the United States require evaluation by a professional credentialing service provider approved by the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES), which can  be found at http://www.naces.org/ .

Applications must be submitted by 11:55 p.m. of the posting end date.

 Health Assessment Required:

No
   

 


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