Multiple postdoc positions available in infectious disease dynamics and implications for control via the Infectious Disease Dynamics Group at JHBSPH.

We are seeking postdocs to work on multiple projects within our Infectious Disease Dynamics Group at JHBSPH. Projects will vary depending on the interest of the applicant with opportunities to collaborate and work across topics. These projects include:

a) Modeling human mobility patterns and implications for disease transmission: This NIH-funded project will assess the role of human travel on infectious disease dynamics for a range of pathogens including malaria, dengue, influenza, measles, and SARS-CoV-2. This project will leverage existing data sets on human travel (mobile phone data, travel surveys, GPS loggers, and app data) as well as information on disease dynamics (serology, genomics, and incidence data).

b) Modeling of global cholera burden and risk: This project funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation aims to leverage a massive cholera incidence database, managed by our group on behalf of the Global Taskforce for Cholera Control, to use novel geostatistical models to estimate the global burden of cholera and explore the relationships between cholera risk and key extrinsic factors, including weather and climate. This also includes the possibility to support countries in developing short-term cholera outbreak forecasts.

c) Seroepidemiologic methods and applications: We have various projects aimed at developing new approaches for using serologic data to estimate infection incidence rates and improving our understanding of the immune landscape for a suite of pathogens including hepatitis E, cholera, SARS-CoV-2, and traditional vaccine preventable diseases. We are both collecting primary data in both cross-sectional serosurveys and longitudinal serologic cohorts and aim to not only gain new disease specific-insights but to develop analysis tools for multi-pathogen serosurveillance. Aspects of this work involve collaborations with assay developers, immunologists and partner laboratories in sub-Saharan Africa and Asia.

If interested, these positions can include the opportunity to work closely with public health decision makers (e.g., WHO, Ministries of Health) to help translate models into policy. In addition, interested candidates can be more directly involved in primary data collection through our groups on-going field studies.

Applicants will initially be given a one-year contract with possibility to extend to two or more years should both parties agree.

Salary: Commensurate with education and experience.

Location: Given current travel restrictions, there is flexibility in physical location in the near term.

Mentorship: Depending on interests, candidates will be mentored by one or more core faculty in the infectious disease dynamics group, including Amy Wesolowski, Emily Gurley and Andrew Azman

Desired skills and attributes:

  • Research experience of working with mathematical and/or statistical models.
  • A strong interest in infectious disease epidemiology.
  • Ability to collate and analyze data, interpret and present results to a high standard using a range of specialized research techniques.
  • Good knowledge of R
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Experience in communicating research findings to a non-specialist audience.
  • Ability to work independently but also as part of a larger interdisciplinary research team.
  • PhD in one of the following areas: epidemiology, statistics, immunology, physics, computer science, population biology or a similarly quantitative discipline.

Application process: Interested candidates should email Maya Demby ( with a CV and statement of interest. The deadline for applications is 1-July-2022.

Johns Hopkins University
Closing date
July 1st, 2022
Posted on
May 19th, 2022 15:00
Last updated
May 19th, 2022 15:00