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Infectious disease genomic epidemiology of TB and other AMR pathogens at Columbia University in New York City

Infectious disease genomic epidemiology of TB and other AMR pathogens at Columbia University in New York City

The Department of Epidemiology at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health in New York City invites applications for a Postdoctoral Research Scientist with interest in infectious disease, genomic epidemiology and evolution. We are recruiting multiple postdoctoral fellows to join a multidisciplinary research group on genomic epidemiology and biology of tuberculosis (TB), Mycobacterium abscessus infections, and antibiotic-resistant Gram-negative bacterial pathogens. Our research questions sit on interface between epidemiology, clinical and pathogen biology to advance understanding, translate knowledge, and ultimately achieve population-level impact on infectious disease epidemics globally.
Specific ongoing projects include genome-level phylodynamics of drug-resistant epidemics of TB and other bacterial pathogens, phylogenomic and spatial studies of TB transmission, integration of genomic data for public health disease control priorities, emergent drug resistance on treatment, and molecular genetics of dual beta-lactam activity against M. abscessus. The postdoctoral fellow will also have the opportunity to develop an independent, relevant research program.
Collaborators include multiple academic and governmental groups, and active collaborations in South Africa, US, China, Moldova, Brazil, and India. Travel opportunities exist to visit collaborators, study sites, present results at conferences and workshops, and to develop new collaborations. Active funding is primarily through the NIH and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and other private foundations. This is an excellent opportunity for researchers interested in utilizing novel multidisciplinary methods along with genomic approaches to the epidemiology of infectious diseases, particularly within a global health context.

Applications are invited from doctoral (PhD or similar) degree holders for a full-time fellowship for 2 year at the outset, with the option to extend. Multidisciplinary candidates that are enthusiastic, creative and motivated with expertise in infectious disease epidemiology, evolutionary genetics, bioinformatics, microbiology, or molecular genetics should apply.

The salary range will depend on qualifications and research experience, includes a full health and benefits package, and potential access to university housing in northern Manhattan. Dedicated and intensive career development work is a prominent component of the position, and potential funding exists for coursework and travel to global collaborating sites.

• Doctorate in one of the following areas: infectious disease epidemiology, microbial population genetics, microbiology and molecular biology skills with a strong bioinformatics component, or a similar discipline
• Strong writing and analytical skills, and publication record commensurate with experience
• Strong interest in some of the following: infectious disease epidemiology and genomics, evolutionary genetics, bioinformatics, statistical inference, public health
• Ability to conduct self-directed research from hypothesis-generating to testing
• Ability to interpret and query results and follow independent lines of inquiry that arise
• Ability to work with project partners in epidemiology, public health, biology, and statistics, depending on the specific project
• Knowledge of one of more common programming languages
Required Applicant Documents: Cover Letter, CV, 2 reference letters, 1 writing sample/publication, and 1-page research statement; all documents in one PDF file; reference letters to be sent directly by referees. To inquire, please email Dr. Barun Mathema (

Columbia University
New York
Closing date
February 5th, 2021
Posted on
October 22nd, 2020 20:47
Last updated
October 22nd, 2020 20:52