Candidates for two postdoctoral research positions are sought for the
Perkins Lab at the University of Notre Dame. These positions are supported
by two new, federally funded projects on the spatial dynamics of
chikungunya and Zika virus transmission and control.
Project 1 has a focus on spatial dynamics of chikungunya virus transmission
and control at geographic scales and will be conducted in close
collaboration with the Institute for Disease Modeling (http://idmod.org).
Project 2 has a focus on spatial dynamics of the invasion of Zika virus
into the city of Iquitos, Peru, as well as the deployment of control
measures in response to its invasion. This project will be conducted in
close collaboration with colleagues at UC Davis, NAMRU-6, Emory, IHME,
Tulane, and other institutions, many of whom are actively engaged in field
work that will complement modeling activities.
Both projects will involve extensive simulation of stochastic transmission
models specified at different spatial scales and will make use of
considerable computational resources through the Microsoft Azure cloud
computing platform and the University of Notre Dame's Center for Research
Computing (https://crc.nd.edu). Simulation will be used in combination with
techniques for fitting high-dimensional models to data to address key
scientific questions of relevance to the public health impacts of
chikungunya and Zika. To complement these computationally intensive
approaches, a number of other approaches are routinely used in the Perkins
Lab, including probability theory, stochastic processes, dynamical systems,
scripting, and social coding. Essential qualities of competitive candidates
for both positions include (1) a Ph.D. in Biology, Computer Science,
Engineering, Physics, Mathematics, or Statistics; (2) strong programming
and software development skills; and (3) experience conducting research on
disease dynamics or other topics in biology using mathematical models.
Both positions are available for a minimum of two years, with a more
extended appointment possible contingent on satisfactory progress in the
first two years and the continued availability of funding. Minimum annual
salary is $52,000 and may be augmented depending on each candidate's
experience and qualifications. Benefits will be provided, and support is
available for travel to conferences and to visit field sites and
collaborators as appropriate. Start date is flexible.
For further information, please email Alex Perkins (taperk...@nd.edu) with
a statement of interest, a CV, and contact information for three references.
Alex Perkins, Ph.D.
Eck Family Assistant Professor
Eck Institute for Global Health
Department of Biological Sciences
University of Notre Dame