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Postdoctoral Position in Social Networks & Disease Dynamics (CIDD -
Center for Infectious Disease Dynamics, Penn State University)
A postdoctoral position is available with Marcel Salathé’s group
(www.salathegroup.com) at the Center for Infectious Disease Dynamics
(CIDD) at Penn State University.
We are conducting a two-year study on social networks and disease
dynamics in school settings with the aim of understanding infectious
disease spread at an unprecedented level. We are a multi-disciplinary
team experienced in surveying methods, wireless sensor network
technology, mobile phone application development, molecular genetics,
and mathematical and computational modeling of disease dynamics. We are
looking for a postdoctoral researcher who will execute this highly
complex project at the interface of the biological, computational and
social sciences, and which will involve thousands of human subjects.
The successful candidate is enthusiastic, creative, and highly
organized, with a track record of successfully completing projects that
require strong organizational and project management skills. An
engaging, motivating and trustworthy personality, and “people skills” in
particular, are necessary for this position. Experience with social
networks, disease dynamics, analysis of large data sets and with
research involving human subjects is highly desirable. A PhD in life
sciences or quantitative social sciences is required. Substantial
domestic travel will be necessary in this position. Candidates with a
multidisciplinary background, spanning the life sciences, social
sciences and computer sciences, are especially encouraged to apply.
Review of applications will begin immediately. This position is
available September 1, 2011. Salary and benefits are competitive.
The Center for Infectious Disease Dynamics (www.cidd.psu.edu) brings
together theoreticians and empirical scientists in a wide variety of
disciplines to collaborate and innovate in the area of infectious
disease research. In September 2011, several CIDD research groups
(including ours) will move into Penn State’s new Millennium Science
Complex, a building that has been designed around shared open spaces to
facilitate frequent interactions among graduate students, postdoctoral
researchers, and faculty working across all levels of biological
complexity and methodological approaches to the study of infectious
Interested applicants should submit a CV, a one page letter explicitly
describing professional qualifications for this position, and contact
information of three references to Marcel Salathé ([log in to unmask]).
We encourage applications from individuals of diverse backgrounds. Penn
State is committed to affirmative action, equal opportunity and the
diversity of its workforce.
Timo Smieszek, PhD
CIDD - Center for Infectious Disease Dynamics
The Pennsylvania State University
510 Mueller Laboratory
University Park, PA, 16802
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