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Computational modeling of the ecology and evolution of bacterial zoonotic pathogens

The Lab of Dr. Liliana Salvador (the Computational Zoonoses lab) in the School of Animal and Comparative Biomedical Sciences at the University of Arizona seeks a Postdoctoral Research Associate to develop and implement methodologies to improve our understanding of infectious diseases in multi-host systems. The Computational Zoonoses lab is interdisciplinary and focuses on the quantitative epidemiology and evolutionary dynamics of zoonotic diseases under the One Health approach.

The successful candidate will:

  1. study the underlying evolutionary processes and cross-species transmission patterns of zoonotic diseases; 2) determine the impacts of behavior and movement patterns on the spatio-temporal disease dynamics; and 3) develop computational tools to integrate genomic, epidemiological, and ecological data to answer specific evolutionary and ecological questions.

We invite applications from candidates with research background in data analysis, modeling, and software development. There will be the possibility for undergraduate and graduate student mentoring and for teaching opportunities if the successful candidate is interested in strengthening those skills. This is a year-to-year appointment, contingent upon funding and performance.

Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Disease modeling
  • Movement modeling
  • Literature review
  • Preparation of reports, manuscripts, and presentations to communicate results and conclusions
  • Regular communications in person and in writing
  • Additional duties may be assigned

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities

  • Strong quantitative background, with demonstrated ability to program in R, python, bash, awk.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead research, as well as strong communication and writing skills.
  • Eagerness to publish and contribute to grant writing as part of their training.

Minimum Qualifications

  • PhD degree in a quantitative aspect of disease modeling, animal movement, spatial ecology, statistics, dynamic modeling, or bioinformatics granted within the past 5 years upon hire.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Cross-trained PhDs between technical and life science disciplines with experience in networks, molecular epidemiology/evolutionary dynamics, and/or bacterial pathogens.

Salary: $60,000 - $65,000 with full benefits

University of Arizona
Closing date
October 1st, 2023
Posted on
August 9th, 2023 01:21
Last updated
August 9th, 2023 01:21