The Department of Environmental Health Sciences at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health seeks an Associate Research Scientist for work on infectious disease modeling. The successful candidate will support multiple projects investigating nonlinear error growth in infectious disease systems and developing model-inference frameworks for simulation of infectious agents, inference of critical epidemiological characteristics, counterfactual simulations, and projections and forecasting. The scientist will join a dynamic team of computational biologists, epidemiologists, and mathematicians studying a range of infectious diseases, including influenza, COVID-19, malaria, dengue and anti-microbial resistant organisms.
The successful candidate will support multiple projects investigating nonlinear error growth in infectious disease systems and developing model-inference frameworks for simulation of infectious agents, inference of critical epidemiological characteristics, counterfactual simulations, and projections and forecasting. Expected duties include:
Conducts research on infectious diseases, deriving novel mathematical and statistical frameworks and applying them to infectious disease systems and questions (75%)
Develops new research projects in collaboration with larger scientific team (10%)
Writes up and presents findings in public talks, scientific conferences, and peer-reviewed journals (10%)
Performs related duties & responsibilities as assigned/requested. (5%)
Candidates applying for this position must hold a doctoral degree in Computational Biology, Mathematics, Statistics, Epidemiology or a related discipline, and at least two years postdoctoral research experience. Experience programming in languages such as Matlab, R, or Python is required.
Persons with a strong background and interest in Bayesian statistics, machine learning, data mining, mathematical modeling and infectious disease dynamics are encouraged to apply.
Please submit a statement of interest, not exceeding 2 pages, the names and contact information for 3 references, and a CV when applying. Applications will be considered as they arrive but should be submitted by no later than January 1, 2022.
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