Post-Doctoral Fellow and Senior Research Scientist Positions in Modeling Respiratory and/or Sexually Transmitted Infection Dynamics

The research groups of Drs. Samuel Jenness, Ben Lopman, and Kristin Nelson within the Department of Epidemiology at Emory University are seeking a Post-Doctoral Fellow and/or an Academic Research Scientist to work on several studies in the domain of vaccines and respiratory and sexually transmitted infectious disease epidemiology, funded by the National Institutes of Health, Centers for Disease Control, and Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. These studies include:

  1. EpiModel 2.0, an NIH-funded study to support the development of the EpiModel software that specializes in modeling infectious disease dynamics across temporal contact networks;
  2. CorporateMix, a CDC-funded study of social mixing patterns in corporate office settings to support the development of epidemic models of disease transmission;
  3. GlobalMix, an NIH-funded study of social mixing data from urban and rural populations in four low/middle income countries to support the development of epidemic models of disease transmission;
  4. SWANSS, a Gates Foundation funded study to guide public health interventions within correctional (jail and prison) settings;
  5. PAVE, a new initiative to develop a vaccine epidemiology center at Emory and RSPH.

The Post-Doctoral Fellow or Academic Research Scientist will have the opportunity to work on multiple projects above, with the specific work distribution depending on experience and interests. In addition to specific scientific work on those projects, the Post-Doctoral Fellow or Academic Research Scientist may have opportunities to contribute to other ongoing work in our research labs, develop independent research proposals, receive training at short courses or workshops, and present scientific work at national/international scientific conferences.

Preferred Qualifications
• A MD/DVM/PhD plus experience or MPH in Epidemiology, Biostatistics or other relevant quantitative field. The Academic Research Scientist position requires ten years of professional level experience.
• Excellent scientific writing ability, strong oral communication skills.
• Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to foster a good working relationship with others on the team and collaborators.
• Experience with programming in the R computing language and infectious disease epidemiology. Expertise in data management and analysis using R or another statistical software. Demonstrated interest and experience in scientific software development, using common development tools and approaches.
• Experience with transmission modeling, mathematical epidemiology, statistics for infectious diseases, and multi-scale disease modeling.
• Experience in analysis and interpretation of laboratory data (serological, molecular testing) to infer disease transmission patterns.
• Experience and interest in infectious disease dynamics of respiratory and/or sexually transmitted diseases, vaccines, surveillance, or global health.

Additional Job Details
Interested applicants may contact one of the associated PIs — Drs. Samuel Jenness (, Ben Lopman (, and Kristin Nelson ( — before applying at the official links below. The position will be based at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. The initial appointment is for two years, and renewal is anticipated if performance is satisfactory and funds remain available.

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Emory University
Closing date
April 17th, 2022
Posted on
December 17th, 2021 19:23
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December 17th, 2021 19:23