Post-Doc Research Associate

Updated: 16 days ago
Location: Chapel Hill, NORTH CAROLINA
Job Type: FullTime
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Department Carolina Population Center - 631100
Posting Open Date 08/08/2022
Application Deadline
Open Until Filled Yes
Position Type Postdoctoral Scholar
Position Title Post-Doc Research Associate
Vacancy ID PDS003559
Full-time/Part-time Full-Time Temporary
Hours per week 40
Work Location Chapel Hill, NC
Position Location North Carolina, US
Hiring Range dependent on qualifications
Proposed Start Date 10/31/2022
Estimated Duration of Appointment 12 Months

Position Information

Primary Purpose of Organizational Unit
Since 1966, researchers at the Carolina Population Center have pioneered data collection and research techniques that move population science forward by emphasizing life course approaches, longitudinal surveys, the integration of biological measurement into social surveys, and attention to context and environment. We are also at the forefront of creating interdisciplinary training programs that integrate approaches from the social and biological sciences, building research capacity and training the next generation of scholars. Our faculty fellows address pressing research questions about population dynamics, fertility, health, mortality, migration, and the environment. Faculty come from multiple disciplines, benefitting from the cross-pollination of ideas. Our dedicated research and programming staff support fellows at every stage of project development, from conception through data collection or acquisition, analysis and dissemination, and project administration.
Position Summary
Dr. Justin Lessler’s group at the UNC Carolina Population Center is seeking a postdoctoral researcher to contribute to a CDC-funded collaboration with Dr. Lindsay Keegan at the University of Utah. The project aims to optimize the use of data when analyzing the epidemic dynamics of infectious disease, particularly in emerging crises such as the recent COVID-19 pandemic. The postdoctoral researcher will join a vibrant collaboration between multiple institutions including Johns Hopkins University, the University of Utah, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, University of Massachusetts-Amherst, and the CDC to assess the pandemic potential of emerging infectious threats and better respond to endemic pathogens.
Under the supervision of Drs. Lessler and Keegan, the postdoctoral researcher will develop independent research projects and may contribute to multiple collaborative efforts:
* Develop and test an approach to apply methods to data in epidemic models, correcting for bias.
* Refine modeling methods by pathogen types, emergence scenarios, and populations
* Evaluate the actual and potential utility of alternative data sources during the COVID-19 pandemic.
* Analyze the interplay between surveillance processes and inference.
* Explore how data collection and analytic techniques can mask or reinforce health inequities.
* Create a pipeline for reporting model outputs to public health partners.
Minimum Education and Experience Requirements
Ph.D. and research experience in epidemiology, biostatistics, public health, or a related field.
Required Qualifications, Competencies, and Experience
Experience in the management of large-scale research, scientific, medical, or academic projects
Preferred Qualifications, Competencies, and Experience
* Programming experience in collaborative settings. The ideal candidate would have experience in writing packages in R and Python, and be fluent in the use of version control systems like Git.
* Highly motivated, organized, and comfortable working with project staff to meet deadlines
* Demonstrated competency in liaising between multiple project leads and institutions
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