We are seeking two postdocs to work on a portfolio of research projects. The portfolio includes the development of mathematical and statistical models to analyse infectious disease data with complex structures for a wide range of applications.
In an ambitious project funded by DARPA, the first postdoc will collaborate with a multidisciplinary team of experimentalists (led by Dr Marco Vignuzzi and Dr Carla Saleh), entomologists (led by Dr Anna-Bella Failloux) and epidemiologists (Dr Moritz Kraemer) to better identify emerging arbovirus threats. The study will focus on arboviruses that have already spilled over in humans; but have not yet led to major epidemics. Detailed laboratory experiments will be conducted in mosquitoes and mammalians to monitor viral populations and identify minority variants with a competitive advantage for emergence. Experimental transmission studies between mosquitoes and mammalians will be performed. Entomological and surveillance data will also be available for multiple sites. The postdoc role will be to develop mathematical models of within-host infection and between-host transmission to integrate these diverse data collected at very different scales with a view to assess the potential for emergence of the different variants while also accounting for real-world complexities.
The second postdoc will work on a portfolio of projects aiming to use spatial approaches to better characterize the emergence, spread and control of pathogens. For example, in a first project, the postdoc will collaborate with ICDDR,B and Johns Hopkins (Dr Emily Gurley) to better understand the complex dynamics of Nipah circulation in bats and subsequent spillover events in humans in Bangladesh from the analysis of detailed bats data and human case data. In a second project, the postdoc will collaborate with Imperial College (Dr Neil Ferguson) and the World Mosquito Program (Dr Cameron Simmons) to assess the impact of a largescale deployment of Wolbachia infected mosquitoes on dengue incidence in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
The postdocs will be expected to develop state-of-the-art statistical and mathematical methodology that may involve Markov Chain Monte Carlo Sampling (MCMC), Sequential Monte Carlo sampling, Particle MCMC, Approximate Bayesian Computation or phylogenetic techniques. The exact projects the successful applicants will undertake will be determined in discussion with the team, taking into account the applicants’ interests and experience.
The postdocs will be co-supervised by Dr Simon Cauchemez and Dr Henrik Salje. Applicants will be given a one-year contract with possibility to extend it for another 2 years, should both parties agree.
Interested candidates should contact email Cécile Limouzin (email@example.com) with a CV, statement of interest and contact details of two referees that will be contacted directly after the interviews. The deadline for applications is 19 September 2018, with contracts expected to start in January 2019.
Salary: Depending on education and experience.
Location: Mathematical Modelling of Infectious Diseases Unit, Institut Pasteur, 28 rue du Dr
Roux, 75724 Paris Cedex 15, France.
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