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Postdoctoral Associate

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Position Information

Position Information:

Working Title: Postdoctoral Associate
Faculty Rank: Postdoctoral Associate
Posting Number: SR0160043
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Position Summary:

Postdoctoral Position in Agent-based Modeling and Simulation

The Grado Department of Industrial & Systems Engineering (ISE) at Virginia Tech and the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute (VTCRI) invite applications for a postdoctoral associate in the area of agent-based modeling and simulation with applications to healthcare operations and service enterprise systems. The initial one-year appointment can begin as early as June 1, 2016, but could start as late as August 2016. The appointment may be extended contingent upon research performance for another year.

The postdoc will be working with a multidisciplinary research team and will be co-advised by principal investigators (PIs) Dr. Christian Wernz, Assistant Professor in ISE, and Dr. Sarah Parker, Assistant Professor at VTCRI. The successful applicant will work on two projects that share the agent-based modeling and simulation methodology. For the service enterprise systems project, the postdoc will develop a simulation to inform management decisions for a technology service product. The industry sponsor of this project is a multinational computer technology company. For the healthcare project, the postdoc will develop a simulation to better understand behavior of healthcare workers under conditions of work surge and will build models to evaluate the consequences of different types of leadership in clinical settings.

In addition to these two research projects, the postdoc will participate in the development of funding proposals under the guidance of the two PIs and will co-supervise undergraduate and graduate students. Further, the postdoc is expected to co-author publications in healthcare and/or engineering journals.

Required Qualifications:

• Ph.D. in industrial / systems engineering, operations research, computational social science, computer science, or related discipline with expertise in agent-based modeling and simulation.
• Excellent communication skills (written and verbal), with prior experience in writing scientific or technical articles.
• Working knowledge in statistics and statistical methods.

Preferred Qualifications:

• Experience with simulation software AnyLogic.
• Experience in healthcare and/or computer technology service operations.

Employment Conditions:
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How to Apply for this Job:

Please send a complete application package in a single PDF document containing 1) a cover letter, 2) a complete CV, 3) a maximum 2-page statement of your research interests, and 4) the names and full contact details of three professional references to Applications received by April 15, 2016 are guaranteed full consideration; however, applications will continue to be received until the position is filled.

Employee Category: Research Faculty
Appointment Type: Restricted
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FLSA Status: Exempt: Not eligible for overtime
Tenure Status: Non-Tenure Track
Academic Year or Calendar Year: Calendar Year
Percent Employment: Full-time
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Pay Band
Pay Range: Commensurate with Experience
Department: VT Carilion Research Institute
Location: Blacksburg
Location, if not Blacksburg:
Location Zip Code: 24016
Work Schedule: Mon-Fri, 8-5 and as needed
Job Posting Date: 04/01/2016
Review Begin Date: 04/15/2016
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Required Documents

Required Documents
  1. Resume/Curriculum Vita
Optional Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. List of References