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Postdoctoral Associate

Position Information

Position Information:

Working Title: Postdoctoral Associate
Faculty Rank: Postdoctoral Associate
Posting Number: SR0180032
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Position Summary:

The Quantitative Ecological Dynamics (QED) Laboratory in the Departments of Statistics and Biological Science is seeking applications from outstanding candidates for a Postdoctoral Researcher (PR) position. This position is part of the NSF funded project “Effects of temperature on vector-borne disease transmission: integrating theory with empirical data”. The PR will join a large collaboration spanning multiple universities. Duties of the PR include statistical analysis of incidence/case data of vector-borne infections from the field cites in Ecuador and the validation of mechanistic models of disease spread. This may include the development of new methods. The PR will prepare technical reports detailing all aspects of the work done (such as analysis methods), and interpretation of results. The PR will be responsible to creating and maintaining code for the reproducible analysis of all data, possibly including the creation of an analysis package. The PR will also prepare articles for submission to peer-reviewed journals, present findings at conferences, and participate in collaborative aspects of the NSF project and the QED lab (including travel for collaboration meetings).

Required Qualifications:

PhD in Applied Math, Statistics, or Mathematical Biology. Candidates with PhDs in Biological sciences will be considered with evidence of significant quantitative/statistical training. Extensive experience coding in R or another programming language. Excellent written and oral communication skills.

Preferred Qualifications:

Expertise in Bayesian methods and Monte Carlo computation methods. Experience in building and analyzing mathematical models of infectious disease spread (e.g., dynamical systems models), particularly as applied to vector-borne diseases. Experience in maintaining code repositories, for example using GIT or Mercurial. Experience using LaTeX.

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How to Apply for this Job:

Qualified applicants must electronically submit online application, cover letter, resume/curriculum vitae, research statement and a list of 3 professional references to Apply to posting #
SR0180032. Applicant screening will continue until the position is filled. Virginia Tech is committed to building a culturally diverse faculty and strongly encourages applications from women and minorities.

Questions regarding the position can be directed to Dr. Leah Johnson Search Chair,
Department of Statistics, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA 24061. Email:

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 Range: Commensurate with Experience
Department: Statistics
Location: Blacksburg
Location, if not Blacksburg:
Location Zip Code: 24061
Job Posting Date: 03/08/2018
Review Begin Date: 03/22/2018
Job Close Date(if applicable):
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Required Documents

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  1. Resume/Curriculum Vita
  2. Cover Letter
  3. List of References
  4. Research Statement
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