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Contagion in Public Health and Biological Systems Postdoctoral Research Associate

University of Virginia

Job Description

The Network Systems Science & Advanced Computing (NSSAC) Division of the Biocomplexity Institute at the University of Virginia is seeking motivated, enthusiastic, self-driven candidates for a Postdoctoral Research Associate position. The incumbent will join the Contagion Science and Technology Program, a prestigious new strategic research initiative funded by the University of Virginia through its Prominence-to-Preeminence STEM Targeted Initiatives Fund. The Institute serves as the program’s organizing unit with broad and comprehensive partnership of the University of Virginia Schools of Engineering and Applied Science, Data Science, Medicine, and the College of Arts & Sciences.

The incumbent will have a unique opportunity to explore applications of computing and data sciences at the interface of epidemiological modeling and health sciences. Co-mentorship by experienced principal investigators from UVA’s School of Medicine and the Biocomplexity Institute will provide unique interdisciplinary working and learning environments.

The new Contagion Science team member will contribute to the creation and promulgation of research that leverages new and existing theoretical, engineering, and data science tools for the modeling of contagious phenomena. Research emphasis will be on techniques that integrate information across multiple resolutions of societal and biological organization. Strong candidates must show interdisciplinary research proficiency at the intersection of epidemiology, pathogen genomics, and public health. The ideas developed as a part of this program are expected to support the development of theories for understanding large-scale networked complex systems.

Additional responsibilities include but are not limited to: participating in unique learning and professional development experiences including the creation of research themes for the research roadmap; leading organization of workshops and other program relevant meetings; and, supporting the collaboration of existing and potential program partners such as, government agencies, industries, and researchers. This collective exposure allows Postdoctoral Research Associate to gain experience in effective engagement and project management with the research community.

To learn more about NSSAC, the Biocomplexity Institute, and the Contagion Science Program visit: https://biocomplexity.virginia.edu/nssac   and https://contagion-science.virginia.edu/  

The University of Virginia’s Biocomplexity Institute is located at the UVA Discovery Park: 994 Research Park Boulevard, Charlottesville, VA. BI offers a flexible hybrid workplace, providing a balance of in-person and remote work for each employee. All team members must have access to and maintain a safe home office environment with high-speed internet service and work collaboratively with colleagues using a variety of technologies and tools. Due to the collaborative nature of our work, team members are expected to be present and attend team meetings and other critical functions in person. Depending on the needs of the group, or as deemed by the manager, team members may be required to work periodically in open offices, meeting rooms or other shared workspaces.

Required Qualifications:

  • PhD in any of the following fields: Computer science, computational biology, data science. Similar or related fields will also be considered however programming fluency is required
  • The selected candidate must hold a PhD at the time of appointment

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Proven simulation/modeling/analysis experience in public health/epidemiology
  • Strong programming skills
  • Experience working with different types of public health/biological data incl. genomics
  • Interest in public health policy

To apply, complete an application online through Workday and attach the following:

  • Cover letter conveying candidate’s particular areas of interest related to computational modeling and public health sciences.
  • Summary of coursework (completed and current, if applicable)
  • CV and list of references
  • Research statement describing previous work and potential future research directions, highlighting how the candidate would support and expand the ongoing research efforts

In addition to a competitive salary, the Contagion Science program will provide generous Conference and Research Travel funds.

*** Please note that multiple documents MUST be uploaded into the CV/Resume box. Applications not containing all the required documents will not receive full consideration. ***

Process for External Applicants: Please apply through Workday, and search for R0039658.

Process for Internal UVA Applicants: Please apply through your Workday Home page, search “Find Jobs,” and search for R0039658.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and the position will remain open until filled. This position is a restricted position and is dependent upon project need, availability of funding, and performance. The initial term is a one-year appointment; however, appointment may be renewed for an additional two, one-year increments, contingent upon satisfactory performance, continued available funding, and business need.

Questions related to the position may be directed to Savanna Galambos, Special Assistant for Administrative Affairs, skh7b@virginia.edu. Questions regarding the application process should be directed to Daniel Strong, Senior Recruiter das6zb@virginia.edu.

The University will perform background checks on all new hires prior to employment.  This position also requires an Education Verification (FSAKA).

This is primarily a sedentary job involving extensive use of desktop computers. The job does occasionally require traveling some distance to attend meetings, and programs.

COVID Vaccination Requirement and Guidelines

Please visit the UVA COVID-19 Job Requirements and Guidelines  webpage prior to applying for current information regarding vaccination requirements?and?guidelines for employment at UVA.

The University of Virginia, i ncluding the UVA Health System which represents the UVA Medical Center, Schools of Medicine and Nursing, UVA Physician’s Group and the Claude Moore Health Sciences Library, are fundamentally committed to the diversity of our faculty and staff.  We believe diversity is excellence expressing itself through every person's perspectives and lived experiences.  We are equal opportunity and affirmative action employers. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender identity or expression, marital status, national or ethnic origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, veteran status, and family medical or genetic information.

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