Postdoctoral Associate

May 18, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
Classification Title:

Postdoctoral Associate

Job Description:

The Department of Biology at the University of Florida invites applications for a postdoctoral associate to develop multi-scale, modular models for vector-borne disease with Dr. Derek Cummings. Models of arbovirus transmission have been useful in estimating disease burden and forecasting areas at risk of disease emergence. The utility of these models relies upon their being grounded in empirical data of the disease transmission process at multiple scales. The successful candidate will work to utilize a multi-scale modeling framework to estimate the value of information obtained through specific surveillance activities and to determine the most efficient ways of measuring the impact of intervention strategies, all with the principal goal of developing robust tools to be used in the design of future studies and surveillance activities. These aims will be achieved by (1) developing fine-grained behavioral descriptions of transmission for important vectors like Aedes aegypti; (2) incorporating these models of vector abundance with other spatiotemporal covariates (climate patterns, past incidence) into risk maps of arbovirus transmission at multiple spatial-scales; (3) leveraging travel models and other data on human and mosquito movement into microscale transmission models; and (4) evaluating vector control and surveillance strategies using this suite of models. 


This position is funded as part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Southeast Regional Center of Excellence in Vector-Borne Diseases based at the University of Florida. The successful candidate will join a research group that spans multiple departments and divisions at the University of Florida, and will work closely with co-investigators at University of Washington, University of Miami, Florida International University, and University of South Florida. The postdoctoral associate will be affiliated with the Department of Biology and the Emerging Pathogens Institute at the University of Florida.


This is a full-time, fixed term position. The successful candidate will be able to work independently and will be responsible for carrying out his/her own research.


The University of Florida is an equal opportunity institution dedicated to building a broadly diverse and inclusive faculty and staff. Searches are conducted in accordance with Florida's Sunshine Law. If an accommodation due to disability is needed to apply for this position, please call (352) 392-2477 or the Florida Relay System at (800) 955-8771 (TDD).

Advertised Salary:

  $50,000-60,000 annually, commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Minimum Requirements
  • Ph.D. in related field (i.e. epidemiology, biology, ecology, physics, biostatistics) with strong quantitative focus
  • Experience working with mathematical models, dynamical systems, Bayesian statistical inference; preferred familiarity with vector-borne disease (dengue, Zika, chikungunya) surveillance and control
  • Excellent writing and communication skills
  • Preferred Qualifications:
  • Ph.D. or equivalent in a subject with a substantial quantitative component and a strong record of productivity.

  • Familiarity with infectious disease dynamics and/or modeling is highly desirable.

  • The successful candidate will be able to work independently and will be responsible for carrying out his/her own research.

Special Instructions to Applicants:  

Interested applicants must apply online at and must include: (1) a cover letter describing the applicant’s interest and qualifications relative to the credentials listed above, (2) updated curriculum vitae, (3) names and contact information of three references, and (4) transcripts.


The final candidate will be required to provide an official transcript to the hiring department upon hire. A transcript will not be considered “official” if a designation of “Issued to Student” is visible. Degrees earned from an educational institution outside of the United States require evaluation by a professional credentialing service provider approved by the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES), which can be found at


Applications must be submitted by 11:55 p.m. of the posting end date.

Health Assessment Required: No


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