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Post-Doctoral Research Associate - Cas Math Bio Synthesis Center

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Knoxville, TN

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Post-Doctoral Research Associate - Cas Math Bio Synthesis Center

Applications are currently being solicited for a post-doctoral research associate in the area of mathematical and computational modeling of epidemiological risk in wildlife trade networks in the Fefferman Lab at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. 

The work will involve modeling, focusing on network and game theoretic models. An ideal candidate would have some experience in computational simulation, mathematical models of infectious disease epidemiology, and network theory, and be fluent in a computational programming language such as Matlab, R, or Python. A candidate should be comfortable with a variety of modeling techniques and willing to learn new areas of modeling application in collaboration with interdisciplinary research teams.

The researcher will be expected to help formulate models, code simulations, analyze results, take a primary role in preparing manuscripts for publication, contribute to a collaborative research group environment, and participate in preparation of new grant proposals.



-          A Ph.D. in some pertinent field. Such fields could include, but are not limited to applied mathematics, animal behavior, ecology, physics, engineering, epidemiology, or sociology.

-          Some research experience in applied mathematical/computational modeling

-          The ability to write clearly and scientifically (e.g. to produce drafts of papers for publication in scientific journals and web-based public outreach without too much oversight); evidence of successful prior publication is a plus

-          Ability to work/communicate with a multidisciplinary team

-          Fluency in a mathematical programming environment (preferably Matlab, but Mathematica, C, R, Python, or equivalent are also acceptable)

-          It is desirable, but not required, for a candidate to be familiar with game theoretic and network theoretic models

The lab is affiliated with the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, the Department of Mathematics, the UT One Health Initiative, and NIMBioS and the candidate will be welcome to participate in any/all of these communities.

This is a full-time, one year position, with the potential for renewal if things work out well. So long as mutually set benchmarks for progress are met, this can be a fully remote position. To apply, send email to Nina H. Fefferman at containing a cover letter explaining your fit and interest in the position and a CV. Applications will be reviewed as they arrive.

Job: Research Professional
Primary Location: US-Tennessee-knoxville
Organization: Cas Math Bio Synthesis Center
Schedule: Full-time
Job Posting: Mar 25, 2024, 2:52:27 PM


Working at The University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Founded in 1794, the University of Tennessee is one of the nation’s oldest and most storied public universities. Based in Knoxville, Tennessee’s flagship land-grant institution includes the statewide Institute of Agriculture and the Space Institute in Tullahoma. The university embodies excellence in teaching, discovery, scholarship, research, creative activity, outreach, and engagement. Known as the Volunteers, we lead with a spirit of selflessness, empathy, and courage, and strive to be champions for diversity, equity, and inclusion

UT Knoxville is a Research 1 university with 11 academic colleges and more than 900 programs of study. With an enrollment of more than 30,000 students, our academic programs are repeatedly ranked top in their class. The university co-manages Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the country’s most prominent national lab, driving innovation in advanced manufacturing and materials, national security, and more. We are closely connected with our communities through outreach and extension efforts across Tennessee and through partnerships with non-profits, corporations, and industries—regionally, nationally, and around the globe.

The city of Knoxville is nestled in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains. The modern, thriving community is surrounded by gorgeous lakes and hundreds of miles of walking, hiking, and biking trails. Situated along the banks of the Tennessee River, our beautiful features an eclectic music scene, internationally recognized festivals, unique restaurants, and a robust offering of diverse cultural activities. Knoxville is located within a day’s drive of Atlanta, Nashville, Asheville, Charlotte, Louisville, Cincinnati, Memphis, Chicago, and Washington D.C.

Knoxville and the surrounding counties have a population of more than 850,000 people. The region houses many leading corporations and organizations, including Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Pilot/Flying J, the Tennessee Valley Authority, and Regal Cinemas, along with HGTV, Food Network, and other networks owned by Discovery Inc.

As a member of the UT family, you will be surrounded by top-notch faculty, staff, and students from around the world. You will be part of a diverse campus community that is passionate about changing the world and cheering for the Vols on game day.

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