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Postdoctoral Associate

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Position Information:

Working Title: Postdoctoral Associate
Faculty Rank: Postdoctoral Associate
Posting Number: SR0170372
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Position Summary:

The Social and Decision Analytics Laboratory (SDAL) is seeking applications for postdoctoral associates in statistics and social and behavioral sciences. SDAL is a leading laboratory in the Biocomplexity Institute (BI) of Virginia Tech. BI performs world-class informatics research in life sciences, social sciences, and human health by integrating theory, modeling and simulation with computational and experimental science in a transdisciplinary, team science research environment.

SDAL combines expertise in statistics and social sciences to develop evidence-based research and quantitative methods to inform policy decision-making and evaluation. The researchers at SDAL span many disciplines including statistics, economics, computational social science, psychology, political science, policy and program evaluation, and data governance and information architecture. SDAL methods integrate statistical learning, network science, cognitive science, behavioral economics, game theory, crowdsourcing, and machine learning.

SDAL researchers address complex social problems by leveraging the diversity of data flows available today including administrative and government records, surveys, social media, and sensors. Through team collaboration, the postdoctoral candidate is expected to develop the capacity to discover, repurpose and redirect these data flows to solve critical social problems. Computational complexity is at the heart of SDAL research and SDAL leverages all the research capability of BI, along with the High Performance Computing infrastructure.

This position(s) will be offered at the rank of postdoctoral associate and will be located in the Biocomplexity Institute’s National Capital Region (NCR) location in Arlington, VA. Position reports to Sallie Keller, Professor and Director, Social and Decision Analytics Laboratory (SDAL), Biocomplexity Institute of Virginia Tech.

Required Qualifications:

• Ph.D. in statistics, social and behavioral sciences, or in a very closely related field
• Willingness to work in a team science environment
• Experience with advanced approaches to statistics and data-driven model development
• Experience with statistical software systems such as R, programming, and databases
• Excellent communication skills, both oral and written, demonstrated through the development of publications and delivery of presentations.
• Be a strongly motivated, enthusiastic and self-driven individual who excels in a highly collaborative environment.

Preferred Qualifications:

• Experience using diverse sources of data, both traditional ones such as surveys, and non-traditional ones, such as administrative data and social media.

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How to Apply for this Job:

To apply for this position, please go to and search for posting number SR0170372. Review of applications will begin on November 13, 2017 and will continue until the position is filled.

Those best meeting the qualifications will be contacted directly.

To learn more about the Biocomplexity Institute, please visit us at

Employee Category: Research Faculty
Appointment Type: Restricted
If restricted or temporary, enter end date: Reviewed annually
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: Biocomplexity Institute
Location: National Capital Region
Location, if not Blacksburg: NCR
Location Zip Code: 22203
Job Posting Date: 10/30/2017
Review Begin Date: 11/13/2017
Job Close Date(if applicable):
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