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Post doc/ Research Assistant on agent based modelling COVID-19 outbreak analysis

A postdoctoral or Research Assistant position is available within the Team 1 ‘Communicable Diseases Surveillance and Modelling’ of the Pierre Louis Institute of Epidemiology and Public Health (IPLESP) part of INSERM and Sorbonne University. The candidate is expected to work on the COVID-19 epidemic in France combining agent-based modelling and outbreak analysis.

We are looking for a strongly motivated person with excellent skills in computational modelling, data collection and analysis, and a keen interest in multidisciplinary research. The candidate should have a background in quantitative science, such as physics, applied mathematics, computer science, epidemiology or any close related discipline. Proven ability to work independently and to quickly adapt to new scientific environments are essential for this position. Good communicative skills to successfully collaborate with the other members of the group, and a good knowledge of both oral and written English are required.

The selected candidate will work in Paris (France). She/he will join the Networks in Disease Ecology group part of IPLESP and will work under the supervision of Dr. Chiara Poletto and Prof. Pierre-Yves Boëlle, and in collaboration with the Team 1 and the Surveillance group responsible for GP COVID-19 surveillance in France. The topics of the work will be the mechanistic modelling of COVID spatial spread in the French territory through a computational approach the analysis of surveillance data and the testing of the possible intervention scenarios. Research tasks will be computational programming (development of data-driven models, agent-based approaches), the analysis and characterisation of simulation output and their comparison with incidence data. Experience with data-intensive computational modelling, and data analysis is highly desirable.

The position is full-time and fixed-term available for one year in the first instance. Applications will be continuously received and evaluated until the position is filled.

Applications should be submitted to Dr. Chiara Poletto via email ( and must include:

letter of motivation;
CV including the list of publications;
up to 3 selected preprints/publications most relevant for this position;
Contact details for 2 referees.

INSERM (French National Institute of Health and Medical Research)
Closing date
April 30th, 2021
Posted on
February 17th, 2021 08:08
Last updated
February 17th, 2021 08:08