Postdoctoral Research Scholar

Job description

Position Title:

Postdoctoral Research Scholar

Vacancy ID:



Globl Hlth and Infect Disease - 427801

Position Type:

Postdoctoral Scholar

Salary Range:

Dependent on Qualifications/Experience


Full Time



Estimated Duration of Appointment:

12 Months

Posting Open Date:


Open Until Filled:


Work Location:

Chapel Hill, NC

Position Summary:

The Institute for Global Health & Infectious Diseases announces a position at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC-CH), focusing on HIV phylodynamics, network epidemiology, and HIV Prevention research. The successful candidate will participate in the management, oversight, and implementation of a 5 year project funded by the NIH to evaluate HIV phylodynamics to monitor and respond to HIV transmission networks. The study location is the State of North Carolina. The Postdoctoral Research Scholar will work directly with Ann Dennis, MD, MS at UNC-CH and Simon Frost, DPhil at the University of Cambridge. Other involved faculty include Erik Volz, PhD at Imperial College London and Myron Cohen, MD at UNC-CH. The initial term of appointment is one year but reappointment for subsequent years is likely depending on contributions to the project.

We are seeking a highly motivated candidate who will provide technical assistance to public health partners in nucleotide sequence management, conduct sequence-based network and phylodynamic analyses, and assist in modeling applications. The scholar will lead manuscript preparation and collaborate on future grant proposal writing. Duties include but are not limited to:

• Assist in technical and scientific oversight and implementation of the project
• Coordinate between state and university laboratory partners, public health epidemiologists and disease intervention services
• Participate in data management and analyses of HIV epidemiological surveillance data including HIV sequences (consensus pol sequences generated by reference laboratories and deep sequencing data generated by UNC-CH). Conduct transmission clusters analyses and assist in phylodynamic modeling.
• Develop research reports and presentations for academic, public health, and community audiences.

Educational Requirements:

Appicants should either possess a PhD in Virology, Evolution, Bioinformatics, Epidemiology, or a related field or have equivalent combination of education and experience working in a research software engineering environment.

Qualifications and Experience:

The scholar must possess the ability to work flexibly, have evidence of publications and involvement in funded research preferred, and an interest in prevention and public health activities. An excellent grasp of bioinformatics and programming (such as in R, Python, Javascript or Julia) is needed.

Equal Opportunity Employer:

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, race, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or status as a protected veteran.

Special Instructions:

Interested candidates should apply to this posting directly and send letter identifying primary area of interest, curriculum vitae, and two representative publications to [email protected] Review of applications begins immediately and will continue until position is filled.




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Job No:
Posted: 1/22/2019
Application Due: 4/19/2021
Work Type: Full Time