The Quantitative Ecological Dynamics (QED – http://leah.johnson-gramacy.com/QED/) Laboratory in the Departments of Statistics, Biological Sciences, and the Fralin Life Sciences Institute is seeking applications from outstanding candidates for a Postdoctoral Researcher (PR) position. This position is part of the NSF funded project "CAREER: Quantifying heterogeneity and uncertainty in the transmission of vector borne diseases with a Bayesian trait-based framework". Duties of the PR include mathematical and statistical modeling of the links between thermal traits of vectors and disease transmission. Specific analyses will depend on the skill set and interest of the PR and may include the development of new methods. The PR will prepare technical reports detailing all aspects of the work done (such as analysis methods), and interpretation of results. The PR will be responsible for creating and maintaining code for the reproducible analysis of all data, possibly including the creation of an analysis package. The PR will also prepare articles for submission to peer-reviewed journals, present findings at conferences, and participate in collaborative aspects of the NSF project and the QED lab (including travel for collaboration meetings).
PhD in Applied Math, Statistics, or Mathematical Biology. Candidates with PhDs in Biological sciences will be considered with evidence of significant quantitative/statistical training. PhD in above field awarded no more than four years prior to the effective date of appointment with a minimum of one year eligibility remaining.
Extensive experience coding in R or another programming language.
Excellent written and oral communication skills.
Expertise in Bayesian methods and Monte Carlo computation methods.
Experience in building and analyzing mathematical models of infectious disease spread (e.g., dynamical systems models), particularly as applied to vector-borne diseases.
Experience in maintaining code repositories, for example using GIT. Experience using LaTeX.
January 11, 2021
The successful Candidate will be required to have a criminal conviction check
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Advertised: December 18, 2020
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