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Hiring a postdoctoral Fellow and Junior research scientists/faculty in Malaria/NTDs Modeling

International Centre for Applied Mathematical
Modelling and Data Analytics, Federal University
Oye-Ekiti, Ekiti State, Nigeria.

With funding from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, we have established the West Africa mathematical Modeling CApacity Development (WAMCAD): Anglophone - francophone - lusophone partnership, comprising several international research institutions. Our objective is to enhance technical capacity development in malaria and NTD modeling through a multi-track training program targeting multiple career stages from students to faculty as well as malaria control practitioners. We are therefore recruiting highly motivated individuals who want to develop statistical and mathematical modelling skills for malaria or NTDs modelling research.

Candidates will explore the fascinating potential of mathematical modelling to support National Malaria Control Programmes (NMCPs). The International Centre for Applied Mathematical Modelling and Data Analytics at the Federal University Oye Ekiti Ekiti State, Nigeria is looking for great people with strong quantitative skills and an interest in global health to come work with us! Previous malaria or infectious disease experience a
plus but not required.

We seek a Postdoctoral Scholar to collaborate on the
development, refinement, and application of sophisticated infectious disease models for epidemiological research and intervention-campaign planning. As part of the brand-new malaria modeling team at the Federal University Oye Ekiti, you will analyze field, trial, and routine health system data; configure, calibrate, and apply malaria/NTDs transmission models; and design and build new models to answer questions aimed at improving understanding of disease dynamics, informing effective public health campaigns, and guiding rational development of new public-health interventions.

Our team collaborates with academic, NGO, and the National Malaria Control Programs (NMCP), Nigeria, including the Global Malaria Programme at the World Health Organization. As part of the WAMCAD, we work with other leaders in malaria modeling to advise the National Malaria Control Programme (NMCP), Abuja, Nigeria on global eradication strategy. Our offices are located at the Federal University Oye Ekiti, Ekiti State, Nigeria.

Builds new modules for existing disease models; builds and develops new disease models

Conducts literature searches and analyzes field, clinical trial, survey, and/or routine health system reporting data to understand local transmission and intervention characteristics and inform input data for the models

Uses models to conduct sensitivity analyses, explore tradeoffs among possible interventions, and optimize intervention campaigns for time, cost, or other factors

Writes software code (in Python/R) to implement model features and analyze data

Collects, analyzes, and presents data on model results and performance.

Prepares research articles and conference presentations to effectively communicate findings to the scientific and programmatic community
Conditions of Award for full time Postdoctoral
Fellow and Junior research scientists/faculty:

The fellowship is only available to individuals who have achieved the doctoral degree within the past five years.

The initial appointment will be for one year, with option for renewal for an additional year based on performance. Salary will be same for all Postdocs and include travel to conferences and funding for relevant courses.

Requirements for full time Postdoctoral Fellow and Junior research scientists/faculty:

  • Ph.D. in a quantitative field (e.g. Applied Mathematics, Statistics, Epidemiology, Quantitative Biology, Physics, Computer Science)

  • Experience in numerical analysis, dynamical systems, stochastic processes, machine learning, and/or biostatistics

  • Proficiency in at least one data-analysis or scripting language (e.g. MATLAB, Python, R)

  • Published articles in peer-reviewed scientific journals

  • Clear and effective communication of quantitative work to non-experts

  • Ability to work occasional extended hours to meet a deadline

  • Ability to work productively as part of a small team as well as independently drive a project to completion
    Optional Skills

  • In depth knowledge of the malaria disease system

  • In depth knowledge of issues of public health in developing world settings

  • In depth knowledge of principles, techniques,and tools of computational epidemiology

  • Experience in C/C++ software development
    WAMCAD site includes:

International Centre for Applied Modeling and Data Analytics, Federal University Oye-Ekiti, Ekiti State, Nigeria
Site director:
Assoc. Prof Emmanuel Afolabi Bakare

Deadline for receiving applications is 23rd September
2022 at 12:00pm GMT West African Time
To apply, please send CV, cover letter and other documents to the site director, or to []
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International Centre for Applied Mathematical Modeling and Data Analytics, Federal University Oye-Ekiti
Closing date
September 23rd, 2022
Posted on
September 16th, 2022 00:14
Last updated
September 16th, 2022 00:14