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Post Doctoral Fellow - PHS/Data Science

Clemson University
532-A Edwards Hall, Clemson University

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Post Doctoral Fellow - PHS/Data Science

532-A Edwards Hall, Clemson University
Open Date:
Nov 9, 2023

Title: Postdoctoral Fellow
Location: Department of Public Health Sciences (Clemson University’s main campus, SC)
Term: renewable 12-month position

Clemson University’s Center for Public Health Modeling and Response (PHMR) invites applications for a Postdoctoral Fellowship to join a CDC-funded center grant to create a national network in outbreak analytics and disease modeling. The mission of PHMR is to develop and utilize data-driven approaches to inform clinical and public health decision-making and assist the ability of health organizations and communities to prepare for and respond to, public health threats. The Postdoctoral Fellow will be a part of Clemson’s DMA-PRIME division (Disease Modeling and Analytics to inform outbreak Preparedness, Response, Intervention, Mitigation, and Elimination). For this position, we seek an enthusiastic, collaborative researcher with training in data science with an interest in developing and implementing artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) techniques to inform and improve outbreak detection, forecasting, and public health response nationwide.

Duties and responsibilities: The postdoctoral fellowship will focus on developing and implementing AI and ML methodology, with the ultimate goal of detecting/ predicting disease hotspots and informing real-time outbreak response efforts. The models and predictions generated will be integrated into health systems across South Carolina to 1) inform and improve strategic delivery of mobile health clinics for infectious disease testing, treatment, and vaccination, 2) inform community awareness, and 3) run statewide disaster simulation scenarios. The postdoc will be expected to lead publications for the models developed and collaborate on (or lead) publications in public health, medical, and policy journals for research related to the implementation of the methods developed.

The Postdoctoral Fellow’s main appointment will be within the Center for Public Health Modeling and Response, located within the Department of Public Health Sciences. Dr. Rennert will serve as the primary advisor, with Dr. McMahan, Dr. Wu, and Dr. Iuricich as co-advisors. The appointment is funded for 2 years, with future years contingent on funding/performance. Salary is highly competitive with a competitive benefits package and negotiable start date.


Required Qualifications
• A PhD in data science or related fields, with demonstrated knowledge in machine learning, deep learning, or statistical analysis.
• Proficiency in programming languages commonly used in data science and AI, with a strong emphasis on Python. Knowledge of other languages such as R, MATLAB, or C plus plus may be beneficial.
• Proficiency in data preprocessing, cleaning, and feature engineering. Familiarity with tools and libraries for data manipulation, such as pandas and NumPy.
• Expertise in machine learning frameworks and libraries, like TensorFlow, PyTorch, or scikit-learn.

Desirable Qualifications
• Specialized expertise in a particular subfield of AI, such as natural language processing, generative adversarial networks, or transformers.
• Domain-specific knowledge, such as healthcare, medicine
• A history of publishing research findings in conferences, journals, or other relevant platforms.

Application Instructions:

Application Instructions: Applicants should submit a cover letter, CV, and contact information for three references through Interfolio:

Inquiries should be sent to Dr. Lior Rennert ( and Dr. Federico Iuricich (
Salary: $65,000


Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:
Clemson University is an AA/EEO employer and does not discriminate against any person or group on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, pregnancy, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, veteran status or genetic information. Clemson University is building a culturally diverse faculty and staff committed to working in a multicultural environment and encourages applications from minorities and women.


Working at Clemson University

Clemson is a dynamic research university located in Upstate South Carolina at the center of the booming I-85 corridor between Charlotte, N.C., and Atlanta, Ga. One of the nation’s most selective public research universities according to U.S. News & World Report and The Princeton Review, Clemson University is the school of choice among top students in South Carolina and is increasingly competitive for the best students in the region and the nation. More than 17,100 students select from 70 undergraduate and 100 graduate degree programs through five academic colleges: Agriculture, Forestry and Life SciencesArchitecture, Arts and HumanitiesBusiness and Behavioral ScienceEngineering and Science; and Health, Education and Human Development.

Clemson’s transformation into a leading research institution — currently attracting in excess of $140 million in externally funded research and sponsored program awards per year — is based upon an academic plan that identifies eight emphasis areas in which the University has opportunities to increase education and research, to align with South Carolina’s economic development needs and to draw upon faculty strengths. Emphasis areas include automotive and transportation technology, advanced materials, biotechnology and biomedical sciences, leadership and entrepreneurship, sustainable environment, information and communication technology, family and community living, and general education.

Major economic development initiatives that have emerged from the academic plan include the Clemson International Center for Automotive Research — a 250-acre campus in Greenville, which has generated more than $225 million in public and private commitments in just four years; an advanced materials initiative at the Clemson Research Park, which includes a new LEED Silver-certified facility; and the South Carolina Health Sciences Collaborative — an initiative of the state’s three research universities and major health-care systems.

As the state’s land-grant university, Clemson reaches out to citizens, communities and businesses all over South Carolina. The Public Service Activities division includes the county-based Cooperative Extension Service, five off-campus research and education centers through the Clemson University Experiment Station and critical regulatory responsibilities for plant and animal health.

The University boasts a 1,400-acre campus on the shores of Lake Hartwell within view of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Surrounding the campus are 18,000 acres of University farms and woodlands devoted to research. A warm campus environment, great weather and recreational activities offered by proximity to both the natural surroundings and large cities are part of the Clemson Experience.


Points of interest at Clemson include the following:

The Clemson Conference Center and Inn is a state-of-the-art facility for symposia, meetings, seminars and special events. The complex includes the Madren Continuing Education and Conference Center, the Walker Golf Course and the Martin Inn.

The South Carolina Botanical Garden, a 295-acre public garden, features several thousand varieties of ornamental plants and a unique collection of nature-based sculptures.

The Robert Howell Brooks Center for the Performing Arts brings an exciting array of concert, theater, dance, comedy and other live performances to the community.

The Robert Campbell Geology Museum at the Botanical Garden displays meteorites, minerals, dinosaur fossils and the largest faceted-stone collection in the Southeast.

The T. Ed Garrison Livestock Arena is a showplace for livestock activities in the state and has hosted horse and livestock shows, rodeos, sales, 4-H activities, educational programs, and industrial and agricultural exhibitions.

Fort Hill, the home of John C. Calhoun and later of his son-in-law, University founder Thomas Green Clemson, is a registered National Historic Landmark located in the center of campus.

The Class of 1944 Visitors Center is the front door to Clemson — a friendly place to get tours, information, assistance and an introduction to this beautiful, historic university and community.

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