Opportunities


Computational seroepidemiology postdoc (influenza and more)


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Posted October 21 2019

We are looking for a postdoctoral fellow to work in one of three areas of computational seroepidemiology. (1) We have a recently-funded project through NIH-CEIRS on universal influenza vaccine and protection/waning of HA-stalk antibodies. (2) We are continuing our work on serological time series in influenza, and inference of past epidemic patterns. (3) We will be expanding our collaborations with Marion Koopmans (Erasmus MC) and Stephen Baker (Cambridge) looking at serological data for Salmonella, norovirus, flaviviruses, and more.

Candidate should have knowledge of likelihood analysis and mathematical modeling methods.

Email Maciej Boni mfb9@psu.edu for more details. Official job posting with instructions on how to apply is here.

Standard salary range for postdocs starting at 50K.

Individual-based drug-resistance modeling in malaria


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Posted December 10 2019

We are looking for a research assistants, postdocs, and software developers to help us develop and evaluate strategies for containing antimalarial drug resistance.  Candidates will get hands-on experience in making computational advances in an individual-based epidemiological microsimulation that we use to generate long-term forecasts for drug-resistance evolution in malaria.  Projects will include analysis of general resistance management strategies as well as specific scenarios for countries or regions.  This is part of a Gates-funded project on drug-resistance control and malaria elimination.   Priorities are typically set by WHO working groups and committees.

Please email Maciej Boni mfb9@psu.edu directly with any inquiries.

Applicants should have a background in C++.   Current code base is located here.  Read more about the positions and apply online here, here, or here.

Salary range varies and depends on the post applied for.

Tropical disease modeling in dengue and influenza


Example
Posted October 21 2019

We are looking for postdocs to work on syndromic reporting data sets — mostly in dengue, zika, and influenza — with our partners in Vietnam and Panama.   Central questions are whether zika and dengue interfere with each other, whether influenza is seasonal in the tropics, and whether respiratory viruses compete with each other as they circulate freely in the absence of winter.

Email Maciej Boni mfb9@psu.edu with any inquiries.

Position will be posted officially in 2020.

Standard salary range for postdocs starting at 50K.

PhD Students


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Application deadlines Dec 15 2019 and Jan 3 2020

Students interested in pursuing a PhD should write to Maciej Boni directly (mfb9@psu.edu).   Currently, we are looking for students interested in influenza seroepidemiology, drug-resistance modeling in malaria, and flavivirus/respiratory virus epidemiology in the tropics.

Prospective students can apply to Penn State through the Biology or MCIBS programs (Dec 15 2019 deadline) or through the Bioinformatics and Genomics program (Jan 3 2020 deadline).