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Modeling SARS-CoV-2 transmission dynamics and understanding COVID-19 epidemiology to support public health decision-making

Two postdoctoral fellow positions in infectious disease modeling are available in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics within the School of Public Health at Indiana University – Bloomington.

Working under the direct supervision and mentorship of Dr. Marco Ajelli, the focus of the grant-funded project is modeling the spread and understanding the epidemiology of COVID-19 to support public health decision-making. Both postdoctoral fellows will be hired on one-year positions with opportunity for renewal on a yearly basis assuming satisfactory performance. The positions include benefits and compensation is congruent with NIH stipend levels. Applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis and evaluated via an expedited decision process; but applications received by January 11, 2021 will be given full consideration and the search will remain open until suitable candidates are found. The appointment start date is negotiable on a case-by-case basis and could begin as early as February 1, 2021.

Responsibilities: Each postdoctoral fellow will contribute to the ongoing work of the principal investigator in understanding COVID-19 epidemiology and modeling SARS-CoV-2 transmission patterns. Each hired postdoctoral fellow is expected to contribute to several collaborative projects involving national and international partners with a primary role in (at least) one of them. Topics of interest will cover the model-based evaluations of COVID-19 vaccination strategies and non-pharmacological interventions (e.g., reactive school closure policies), understanding the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on the epidemiology of other infectious diseases, and the analysis of changes in human mixing patterns induced by the pandemic. Overall, the work is expected to provide support to national and international public health decision-makers and to provide major contributions to our understanding of the ongoing pandemic in real time.

Qualifications: Applications are invited from any relevant discipline including Mathematics, Physics, Computer Science, Epidemiology, or other related quantitative fields. Candidates must have received a doctoral degree from an accredited educational institution by the start of appointment. Preference will be given to candidates with knowledge of infectious disease epidemiology, mathematical/computational modeling, and coding (preferably in both C/C++ and R). Candidates with teamwork attitude and previous interdisciplinary research experience are particularly welcomed.

Application Procedure: Provide CV, a statement of research interests and fit for position, and three reference contacts. Interested candidates may directly contact Marco Ajelli at

Indiana University School of Public Health
Bloomington, IN
Closing date
July 31st, 2021
Posted on
December 16th, 2020 22:30
Last updated
May 16th, 2021 01:38