Postdoctoral Research Associate

NC State University
Raleigh, NC

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Position Type
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Job Details

Posting Number:


Position Number:


Position Type:

Post Doc



Department ID:

196001 - Dept-Population,Health,Pathobi


196001 - Dept-Population,Health,Pathobi

Job City & State:

Raleigh, NC

Essential Job Duties:

The Department of Population Health and Pathobiology at North Carolina State University has an excellent opportunity for a highly motivated Postdoc (Doctoral-level Research Scholar) to join our ambitious new team conducting research with an impact in the areas of COVID-19, healthcare-associated infections, antimicrobial resistance, and disease surveillance. Our lab applies traditional and innovative methods in infectious disease epidemiology and modeling to address real-world challenges in public health and clinical practice using a One Health approach.

The college is committed to practicing inclusivity, making community a priority and promoting innovation. We embrace effective leadership and we champion personal and professional growth.

Duties and Responsibilities
As a Postdoc in our lab, you will be given significant autonomy while benefiting from individual mentorship. Opportunities abound for a candidate interested in conducting timely research on rapidly evolving public health issues, with a focus on stakeholder engagement and translation and dissemination of research findings. Additionally, you will experience working within our highly collaborative Department which has a track record of successful federal funding and has established multidisciplinary research collaborations in North Carolina, nationally, and globally.

Reports to: Sarah Rhea, DVM, MPH, PhD, Assistant Professor

Other Work/Responsibilities:

  • Independently design studies, perform data analyses and modeling activities, interpret results, and formulate conclusions
  • Conduct or supervise data collection and/or integration activities, as needed, using data from various sources (e.g., public health surveillance, human healthcare, animal health, environment)
  • Prepare scientific publications independently and collaboratively
  • Contribute to grant proposal writing and/or develop new research ideas within the context of the lab’s general focus areas and prepare related grant proposals
  • Mentor graduate students in the lab

Work Schedule:

Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm, some after hours and/or weekend work possible

Department Required Skills:


Preferred Years Experience, Skills, Training, Education:

  • Doctoral degree in epidemiology, biostatistics, ecology, environmental health, or related field
  • Strong quantitative and programming skills in epidemiology, biostatistics, and mathematical modeling
  • Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written
  • Ability to work both independently and in collaboration with a team

Required License or Certification:


Valid NC Driver's License required?:


Commercial Driver's License Required?:


Anticipated Hiring Range:

$50,000 - $54,000

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If you have general questions about the application process, you may contact Human Resources at (919) 515-2135 or [email protected] Individuals with disabilities requiring disability-related accommodations in the application and interview process, please call 919-515-3148.

Final candidates are subject to criminal & sex offender background checks. Some vacancies also require credit or motor vehicle checks. Degree(s) must be obtained prior to start date in order to meet qualifications and receive credit.

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