Environmental and Social Influences on Waterborne Pathogen and Helminth Transmission available on a NSF-funded project (epidemiology/infectious diseases/transmission dynamics/enteric and helminth pathogens/environmental health/social networks/agent-based modeling) Department of Epidemiology, School of Public Health, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
The Department of Epidemiology at the University of Michigan seeks to hire one postdoctoral fellow with interest and skills in analytical methods for estimating how physical and social environments interact to influence the transmission of waterborne pathogens. Support for the position is now available for up to two years through a NSF Water Sustainability and Climate grant entitled “Analytical methods for estimating the joint climatological-social drivers of water quality and supply in contrasting tropical zones: Ecuador and China.” The grant includes faculty in Epidemiology (Joe Eisenberg, Michigan), Anthropology (Jim Trostle, Trinity College), and Environmental Health (Justin Remais, Emory).
The successful applicant will be a productive scholar who combines skills and knowledge related to water resources, waterborne disease, and climate change with an interest in modeling complex human/environment interactions. The ideal candidate has quantitative background and a PhD in disease ecology, epidemiology, anthropology, geography, sociology, or other integrative field; previous experience in modeling epidemiological or ecological systems; and previous high-quality, first-authored publications. The fellow will help to develop agent-based, system dynamic, or network models as appropriate, and to develop region-specific scenarios based on specific processes that mediate how water quality and waterborne disease transmission respond to climate variability, management decisions, and coping capacity at the village level. Knowledge of Spanish or Chinese is a plus but not required.
The University of Michigan offers a vibrant mathematical modeling and complex systems community. Modeling expertise extends across departments including Epidemiology, Health Management and Policy, Complex Systems, Population Center, Institute for Social Research, and Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. The School of Public Health is renowned for its cutting edge research on the applications of mathematical modeling in epidemiology and public health.
Applicants must have completed all requirements for a doctoral degree in a relevant field from an accredited program before they begin the fellowship. Applicants must have a record of accomplishment in modeling and systems science demonstrated in their publications and research background. Initial appointments will be for one year, with possibility of renewal. The salary will be in the range of $45,000 per year (depending on experience), plus fringe benefits. Compensation (salary and benefits) will be offered according to University of Michigan and NSF guidelines.
To apply please submit CV, names of references, and inquiries to Dr. Joseph Eisenberg, Professor of Epidemiology, at HYPERLINK "mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org"email@example.com. Starting date is negotiable. Applicants should send a cover letter, a detailed CV, a brief statement of research interests, and the names of three references to Dr. Joseph Eisenberg at HYPERLINK "mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org"email@example.com. The position will remain open until filled.
Department of Epidemiology
School of Public Health
University of Michigan
1415 Washington Heights
Ann Arbor, MI 48109