Model-based surveillance design for foot-and-mouth disease

A Postdoctoral Scholar position is available immediately at The Pennsylvania State University. The successful candidate will perform research in collaboration with the Ferrari lab ( and Shea lab ( in The Center for Infectious Disease Dynamics ( and lead research on an National Science Foundation (NSF)funded project to develop optimal surveillance/monitoring and control strategies for infectious disease in resource constrained settings. The successful candidate will develop independent research and contribute to a multi-institution project studying endemic foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) in Turkey and developing monitoring and control strategies for endemic FMD in low-income countries. The successful candidate will also have the opportunity to contribute to ongoing projects on surveillance for COVID-19, measles, and rubella.

Candidates are required to have a Ph.D. in a relevant field (such as ecology, statistics, mathematics, epidemiology, veterinary epidemiology, physics), a strong interest in dynamical systems, and a history of productivity. Familiarity with R is preferred, though the successful candidate will have freedom to develop analyses and models in the language in which they are most proficient. Experience in communicating quantitative analyses to a non-technical audience and experience working with large collaborative groups is an advantage.

Additional Information:
This is a limited-term appointment funded for one year from date of hire, with excellent possibility of extension. Applicants should submit a cover letter describing their research experience and how these experiences relate to the position, a CV, and contact information for three references. For informal inquiries, please email Matthew Ferrari ( Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

Penn State
University Park
United States
Closing date
June 1st, 2022
Posted on
April 11th, 2022 20:41
Last updated
April 11th, 2022 20:41