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Postdoc: Multiscale disease transmission modeling - Institute for Disease Modeling

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Location: Seattle area, WA
Full-time position
Closing Date: open until filled
Job #11341
Posted: April 17, 2017

We seek a three year full-time Postdoctoral Research Scientist to work as part of the Institute for Disease Modeling (IDM) research team and collaborate on the development, refinement, and utilization of infectious disease models for epidemiological research, with a focus on polio eradication.

IDM is composed of research scientists and software professionals who focus on creating powerful and innovative disease modeling and data analysis tools to help researchers and policy makers understand diseases, their causes, the way they spread, and the best types of interventions to use for the particular situation faced. IDM partners with selected universities, NGOs, government ministries, and other research and public health institutions focused on researching new ways to understand and combat diseases both locally and globally. The IDM team develops computational tools to inform global disease eradication policy, conducts innovative analyses of epidemiologically- and policy-relevant data (programmatic data, financial data, clinical trials data, and cluster surveys data), and identifies epidemiologically critical knowledge gaps. As part of our work, we routinely collaborate with groups at the World Health Organization, the Center for Disease Control, PATH, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, ministries of health in the developing world, as well as universities and research institutes.

To more accurately model the probabilistic dynamics of outbreaks in places where polio exposure is rare and population immunity is rapidly changing in response to shifts in global vaccination policy, we need to better understand how disease percolates through structured populations at the household, village, district, national, and regional scales in the presence of heterogeneous immunity.  As a member of the Epidemiology Group (, the postdoctoral researcher will drive innovations in multiscale transmission modeling—both in model structure and calibration procedures. The researcher will design, configure, calibrate, and exercise models to answer questions about the roles of population structure and movement on outbreak risk, informing effective public health campaigns for outbreak containment, guiding the progression of global vaccination policy to achieve and sustain polio eradication, and improving the state of the art in applied multiscale modeling more generally. The research, models, and results will be presented by the researcher to key stakeholders and at conferences, and published in academic journals. For interested applicants, there are also opportunities to study pandemic and eradication forecasting or the interaction of genomics and infectious disease epidemiology.

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