NAU aims to be the nation's preeminent engine of opportunity,
vehicle of economic mobility, and driver of social impact by
delivering equitable postsecondary value in Arizona and
- This position is subject to the availability of funding. The
incumbent is not eligible for Service Professional non-renewal
notice, or Classified Staff layoff or recall status.
- This position is funded for up to five years.
- Complete applications will include a statement of research and
career interests, up to two pages.
The Mihaljevic Lab at Northern Arizona University (NAU) is seeking
applications for a Postdoctoral Scholar to support a recently
funded research project within the Southwest Health Equity Research
Collaborative (SHERC, National Institutes of Health U54). This
five-year project will lead to an improved integration of the local
effects of social determinants of health and human mobility into
mathematical models of infectious disease, with the goal of
providing more spatially refined, equity-minded predictions of
The successful candidate will serve as a scientific lead for this
ambitious research effort, with primary responsibility for guiding
the intellectual development of mathematical and statistical
modeling frameworks that are core deliverables of this grant. Key
activities include: (a) working with the Principal Investigators to
develop theoretical and computational frameworks that link host
mobility, host-pathogen interactions, local host demographics, and
heterogeneity among host populations; (b) envisioning, coding, and
validating statistical algorithms to estimate the parameters of
spatial epidemiological models; (c) coordination with diverse
collaborators and stakeholders in academia and public health; and
(d) potential co-supervision of one or more research assistants
that will help with implementation work.
While much initial and overall guidance will be provided, key
requirements are the ability and curiosity to generate novel
insights, write manuscripts, and manage sub-projects within the
scope of the research program. The Postdoctoral Scholar will
provide creative input to solve the many challenges encountered in
innovation and research, while also completing research products in
the form of written manuscripts and scientific presentations.
The chosen candidate will work in collaboration with Dr. Mihaljevic
and Dr. Doerry in the School of Informatics, Computing, and Cyber
Systems, and Dr. Ye Chen in the Department of Mathematics and
Statistics. There will also be opportunities to develop
collaborations with researchers in the Center for Health Equity
Research at NAU.
Primary mentors: Dr. Joseph Mihaljevic (email@example.com
Dr. Ye Chen (firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. Eck Doerry (email@example.com
Research and Publication - 70%
- Work collaboratively with research team to collect data and
design analyses to address primary research questions.
- Keep appropriate records of all research activities.
- Lead modeling and coding efforts related to project goals.
- Design and implement research protocols and adapt new
procedures, methods, and coding as appropriate.
- Prepare and deliver presentations of research findings.
- Prepare and submit manuscripts for publication.
- Read scientific literature, participate in scientific
discussions with other members of the research team and lab, and
attend lab and project meetings.
- Other administrative and research tasks related to the project,
including organizing and training others in project protocols.
Data Metrics - 15%
- Collect, curate, synthesize, and analyze research data.
- Maintain organized, open, and accessible records of data and
- Perform data analysis and visualization and develop efficient
data analysis pipelines and/or tools as appropriate to project
- Tabulate and display data for presentation in research
conferences and for manuscript preparation; use graphics and
statistical software to analyze and present data.
Grant and Management - 5%
- Works within the grant-specific project requirements.
- Assists project PI with managing grant funds according to
- Assists PI with writing annual project reports according to
Academic/Lab Liason - 5%
- Perform assigned lab duties to assist in the general operation
of the lab, and various other duties or projects as assigned - as
appropriate to project goals.
- Promote an inclusive and welcoming work environment for
Other - 5%
- Other duties as assigned.
- PhD in Statistics, Epidemiology, Applied Mathematics, or
- Record of publication in peer-reviewed scientific
- Strong background in statistical theory (frequentist and
Bayesian methods and algorithm development).
- Demonstrated experience in mathematical modeling (e.g.,
differential equation models).
- Ability to code algorithms that fit mathematical and
statistical models to various data types.
- Experience in coding algorithms in C/C++ and R, or other
languages such as Python.
- Background in scientific software development.
- Knowledge of data visualization techniques.
- Experience using high-performance computing environments.
- Demonstrated background of mentoring undergraduate research
- History of working with diverse stakeholders, including
partners in computer science and public health.
- Interest and/or experience promoting STEM diversity and
Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities
- Knowledge of innovative statistical methodologies.
- Leadership, coordination, and/or supervision skills.
- Innovation, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills.
- Excellent written and oral communication skills, as
demonstrated by publications and presentations at professional
- Excellent organizational and project management skills.
- Ability to work collaboratively as part of a research team and
with individuals from a variety of cultural backgrounds.
- Ability to take initiative and complete tasks without direct
Northern Arizona University requires satisfactory results for the
following: a criminal background investigation, an employment
history verification and a degree verification (in some cases)
prior to employment. You may also be required to complete a
fingerprint background check. Additionally, as an employer in the
state of Arizona, NAU is required to participate in the federal
E-Verify program that assists employers with verifying new
employees' right to work in the United States. Finally, each year
Northern Arizona University releases an Annual Security Report
. The report is a result
of a federal law known as the Clery Act. The report includes Clery
reportable crime statistics for the three most recent completed
calendar years and discloses procedures, practices and programs NAU
uses to keep students and employees safe including how to report
crimes or other emergencies occurring on campus. In addition, the
Fire Safety Report
is combined with the Annual
Security Report for the NAU Flagstaff Mountain Campus as this
campus has on-campus student housing. This report discloses fire
safety policies and procedures related to on-campus student housing
and statistics for fires that occurred in those facilities. If you
would like a free paper copy of the report, please contact the
NAUPD Records Department at (928) 523-8884 or by visiting the
department at 525 E. Pine Knoll Drive in Flagstaff.
Salary range begins at $54,779. Annual salary commensurate with
candidate's qualifications and related experience.
This position is exempt from the overtime provisions of the Fair
Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and therefore will not earn overtime or
compensatory time for additional time worked.
Post-Doctoral Scholars are hired on a contract basis, renewable
each fiscal year for a maximum of 4 renewals (5 years) according to
terms of the Arizona Board of Regents' Conditions of Post-Doctoral Service
. NAU offers
an excellent benefit package to Post-Doctoral Scholars including
generous health, dental and vision insurance; 10 days of vacation
and 10 holidays per year; and tuition reduction for employees and
qualified family members. New employees are eligible for benefits
on the first day of the pay period following their enrollment,
after their employment date. Employees will have 31 days from their
start date to enroll in benefits. Participation in NAU retirement
plans is not available to Post-Doctoral Scholars. More information
on benefits at NAU is available at the NAU HR benefits page
Learning and Development
Your career at Northern Arizona University includes the opportunity
for professional development. New
employee on-boarding training
includes courses to be completed
within the first 30 days.
January 17, 2023 at 11:59 p.m.
How to Apply
To apply for this position, please click on the "Apply" button on
this page. You must submit your application by clicking on the
"Submit" button by midnight of the application deadline. If you
need assistance completing your application there are instructions
available on the Human Resources website
or in person in the
Human Resources Department located in Building 91 on the NAU Campus
- on the corner of Beaver and DuPont Streets.
If you are an individual with a disability and need reasonable
accommodation to participate in the hiring process, please contact
the Disability Resources Office at 928-523-8773, DR@nau.edu
, or PO Box 5633, Flagstaff AZ
Equal Employment Opportunity
Northern Arizona University is a committed Equal
Opportunity/Affirmative Action Institution. Women, minorities,
veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.
NAU is responsive to the needs of dual career couples.
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