Postdoctoral Research Associate - Network Science/Epidemic
Modeling/Network Epidemiology - The Roux Institute
About the Opportunity
The Network Science Institute (NetSI) is growing the research hub
site at The Roux Institute in Portland, Maine. NetSI is hiring
postdoctoral researchers to join a global community of
interdisciplinary faculty, researchers, and graduate
Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis starting December
15th, 2023 until the position is filled.
This fully funded position is renewable for up to two years pending
satisfactory performance. Starting date is negotiable, beginning as
early as January 2024. Compensation is competitive and includes
benefits. The successful candidate will be affiliated both with the
Network Science Institute and The Roux Institute. This position is
in Portland, Maine.
This joint NetSI-Roux position targets early career
interdisciplinary computational and network scientists with a
particular focus on candidates with prior research experience in
infectious disease modeling, network epidemiology, agent-based
modeling, disease forecasting, and scenario modeling.
The Postdoctoral Associate will contribute to projects aimed at the
development, calibration, and validation of disease-specific models
designed for forecasting and scenario analysis. These models will
reflect the impact of policy interventions, human behaviors, and of
differences in socio-economic-demographic attributes of the target
populations. The research will primarily delve into exploring and
modeling the effects of heterogeneous behavioral patterns and
structural social disparities on disease dynamics. The appointed
candidate will be instrumental in offering insights into
methodological and algorithmic strategies for the accurate
characterization of infectious diseases within diverse populations,
and in formulating research inquiries addressing the core
challenges of the project.
The successful candidate will also have the opportunity to be
involved in the activities of the newly CDC-funded Center for
Advanced Epidemic Analytics and Predictive Modeling Technology
(EPISTORM) at Northeastern University. EPISTORM is a consortium
comprising 10 different research institutions, healthcare systems,
and private companies that will use a variety of tools including
wastewater surveillance, AI and machine learning, and other
predictive analytics to help the U.S. make more informed decisions
during future outbreaks of infectious diseases.
- Assist in initiating, executing, and completing research and
- Prepare and write research papers, presentations, grant
proposals, and other research related activities as assigned
- Foster a safe, inclusive, welcoming, and collaborative
- Collaborate with the principal investigator and students across
multiple academic and industry organizations
- Potential additional responsibilities, depending on position
seniority, include: assist in laboratory management, graduate
student training/advising, and co-op student mentoring
The individual filling this position will also be expected to
actively participate in the community by organizing and attending
scientific talks, workshops, and conferences; by engaging with The
Roux Institute community, which includes faculty, researchers,
graduate students, and industry researchers (co-located at the Roux
Institute); and with the doctoral trainees enrolled in the NetSI
PhD program in Network Science.
Applicants should have completed or be near completion of a PhD or
equivalent by the start date of the position. Successful candidates
should be able to undertake substantially full-time research or
scholarship; work under the supervision of a senior scholar; and
have strong communication and writing skills.
Applications are invited from any relevant discipline including:
Physics, Statistics, Economics, Data Science, Computer Science,
Social and Behavioral Sciences, Public Health, Transportation
Engineering, Urban Studies, or other related quantitative
Experience in large-scale simulations and/or analyzing large-scale
datasets is strongly preferred.
There will be a preference for candidates who have past experience
with, or show the potential for, interdisciplinary collaborations
and who have strong computational/analytical skills.
Preference will be given to candidates with: a) relevant coding
experience in (Python OR R) AND (Julia OR C OR C++); and b) prior
experience in using HPC and/or cloud computing resources.
The Interested candidates should submit the following:
- Curriculum Vitae with pointers to your
research/expertise-related online profiles (e.g. Google Scholar,
Github, Gitlab, Bitbucket, Kaggle, etc..)
- Cover Letter explaining your background and interests
- Research Statement: The research statement should include a
clearly articulated description of past research experience and
research interests (1-2 pages)
- References: Please provide the names of at least two
mentors/supervisors or senior colleagues who will be able to
provide (upon request) letters of recommendation.
Northeastern University considers factors such as candidate work
experience, education and skills when extending an offer.
Northeastern has a comprehensive benefits package for benefit
eligible employees. This includes medical, vision, dental, paid
time off, tuition assistance, wellness & life, retirement- as
well as commuting & transportation. Visit https://hr.northeastern.edu/benefits/
for more information.
Northeastern University is an equal opportunity employer, seeking
to recruit and support a broadly diverse community of faculty and
staff. Northeastern values and celebrates diversity in all its
forms and strives to foster an inclusive culture built on respect
that affirms inter-group relations and builds cohesion.
All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive
consideration for employment without regard to race, religion,
color, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, disability
status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable
To learn more about Northeastern University's commitment and
support of diversity and inclusion, please see
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