Cool opportunity: Postdoctoral Scholar: Disease transmission in societies

Postdoctoral Scholar: Disease transmission in societies

Campus/Location: University Park Campus Date Announced: 11/27/2014

Work Unit: College of Agricultural Sciences Job Number: 54802

Department: Entomology

The laboratories of Drs David Hughes, Ephraim Hanks and Matt Ferrari are seeking a Postdoctoral Scholar. This position is in collaboration with the lab of Dr Shweta Bansal at Georgetown University, another position is available at Georgetown University, and funded by the NSF-NIH-USDA-BBSRC Ecology and Evolution of Infectious Disease (EEID) Program. The position is available in the Centre for Infectious Disease Dynamics (, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park Campus.

The Postdoctoral Scholar position at Penn State involves the development of mathematical models to understand the transmission of diverse agents inside ant colonies. These agents range from beneficial agents such as food to agnostic agents like beads to detrimental agents such as parasites. The position is a mixture of both theoretical work and empirical work (with ant colonies in a lab setting). Possibilities for both field work and molecular work exist. We are seeking expertise in compartmental models of disease spread and statistical and agent-based models of animal behavior. Candidates should demonstrate a track record of publication; have strong organizational, written, and oral communication skills; and be able to work both independently and as part of a collaborative team. For further information, please feel free to contact Dr Hughes (dph14; +1 814- 863-6073). Interested applicants should submit a curriculum vitae, a 1-2 page statement of research interests that explicitly describes professional qualifications for this position, and contact information for three referees. Review of applications will begin immediately, and continue until a suitable candidate is found.

David Hughes: Hughes, is a behavioral ecologist who has studied social insects and their diseases in 11 countries on 5 continents. He has worked with diverse diseases as well as the behavior of healthy and infected ants under field (rain- and temperate forests) and laboratory conditions.

Ephraim Hanks: Hanks is a spatial statistician and has worked extensively in the modeling of animal movement and connectivity. He has studied the spatial spread of disease in black spruce and mule deer, and the spatial properties of random walk models on networks.

Matt Ferrari: Ferrari is a computational epidemiologist and statistician who has worked extensively on the analysis of time-series surveillance data to predict epidemic dynamics and evaluate management interventions.

Shweta Bansal: Bansal is a network epidemiologist and has worked extensively on the effects of immunity on network structure and disease dynamics. She is studying infectious disease-related network structure in several wildlife populations including Australian bottlenose dolphins and Mojave Desert tortoises. Bansal is based in Georgetown University which is 3.5hrs drive away.

Author: Jonathan Eisen

I am an evolutionary biologist and a Professor at U. C. Davis. (see my lab site here). My research focuses on the origin of novelty (how new processes and functions originate). To study this I focus on sequencing and analyzing genomes of organisms, especially microbes and using phylogenomic analysis

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