Postdoc in comp stat genetics for pathogen transmission dynamics. Joint appointment Nielsen (UC Berkeley) and Greenhouse (UCSF) labs.

The labs of Rasmus Nielsen (Statistics and Evolutionary Genomics, UC Berkeley) and Bryan Greenhouse (HIV, Infectious Diseases, and Global Medicine, UC San Francisco; Chan Zuckerberg Biohub) are seeking a talented scientist to hack disease transmission networks primarily focusing on malaria. This is an exciting opportunity for a postdoctoral researcher to take the lead on designing and implementing novel mathematical and statistical models to synthesize genetic and epidemiologic data. The aim of the project is to reconstruct transmission chains of malaria parasites in order to inform control interventions and support policy-making. The primary appointment can be arranged through either UC Berkeley or UCSF. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to work closely with a multidisciplinary team of scientists at both institutions along with an extensive network of collaborators. Our team is directly involved all aspects of data generation and analysis including field work, generating genetic data, modeling, and communicating directly with malaria control programs in numerous countries. Competitive salary including full benefits will be provided commensurate with experience and qualifications and the post offers ample opportunities for career development.

Essential Skills
• PhD in a relevant field (e.g. statistics, biostatistics, computational biology, computer science, applied mathematics, physics)
• Strong statistical and computational skills
• Expertise in graphical models, Bayesian networks, dynamic programming, MCMC, or similar
• Programming experience in C, C++, or similar programming languages
• Demonstrated ability to produce independent, creative work
• Ability to work well as member of a team
• Strong written and oral communication skills

Helpful Skills
• Background or interest in basic biology, genetics, ecology, phylogenetics, and/or epidemiology
• Experience in analysis/modeling of pathogen dynamics, phylogenetics, spatial models, or phylogeography
• Software development

To Apply: Please send a CV including publications, brief statement of research/career interests, and contact information for 3 references to

University of California, Berkeley, and University of California, San Francisco
Berkeley and San Francisco, California
Closing date
July 1st, 2018
Posted on
May 11th, 2018 18:01
Last updated
May 11th, 2018 18:01