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Associate Research Scientist or Postdoctoral Research Scientist transdisciplinary tick-borne disease modeling

Associate Research Scientist/Postdoctoral Research Scientist

Modeling Human Infection Risk and Control of Tick-Borne Diseases

Columbia University

Department of Ecology, Evolution and Environmental Biology (E3B)

Position Description: The Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Environmental Biology (E3B) at Columbia University invites applications for two new positions at the rank of Associate Research Scientist or Postdoctoral Research Scientist to contribute to transdisciplinary research on tick-borne diseases in the United States. The successful candidate will join the Eco-Epidemiology lab led by Dr. Maria Diuk-Wasser ( to support two newly-funded research initiatives.

The first position is supported by our newly-funded Northeast Regional Center for Excellence in Tick-borne Diseases (NEVBD) Teaching & Evaluation Center (TEC). This position will focus on evaluation and optimization of tick, host, and human-targeted interventions and the development of decision support systems at multiple levels.

The second position is supported by Pfizer to estimate populations at risk for Lyme disease and characterize risk typologies using ecological and epidemiological approaches across multiple urbanization gradients.

The candidate(s) will also interact with active projects on emerging zoonotic pathogens including coronaviruses in urban wildlife and harness existing datasets from projects supported by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), The National Science Foundation (NSF) and the Department of Defense (DOD). The position is highly collaborative, including a network of vector biology and control experts, public health, social and behavioral scientists, economists, and infectious disease modelers. The platforms developed will enhance response capacity for vector-borne disease management.

Qualifications: The position requires a Ph.D. in ecology, epidemiology, economics, applied statistics, infectious disease modeling or a related quantitative field. Background in epidemiological survey methods, population, infectious disease and spatial modeling are highly desirable. A track record of research excellence is essential, as are excellent written and oral communication skills.

Application Instructions: All applications must be made through Columbia University’s Academic Search and Recruiting (ASR) system:

Applicants should submit a cover letter, Curriculum Vitae, and contact information for three reference providers who may be asked to upload letters of recommendation at a later stage in the search.

Salary Range:

Associate Research Scientist $66100-$75000

Postdoctoral Research Scientist $60000-$65000

The salary of the finalist selected for this role will be set based on various factors, including departmental budgets, qualifications, experience, education, licenses, specialty, and training. The above hiring range represents the University’s good faith and reasonable estimate of the range of possible compensation at the time of posting.

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

Columbia University is an Equal Opportunity Affirmative Action Employer.

Columbia University
New York, NY
United States
Closing date
December 31st, 2023
Posted on
September 19th, 2023 21:57
Last updated
September 19th, 2023 21:57