09 April 2014

Post-Doctoral Research Position in Population Informatics at the RODS Lab

The Real-time Disease and Outbreak Surveillance (RODS) Laboratory has an immediately available opening for a post-doctoral research fellow to conduct independent research. The duration of the post-doctoral fellowship can be one or two years. Applicants must be US citizens or permanent residents.

The research should be related to one of our two main projects: building “next generation” disease surveillance and control systems and our Apollo project. The two projects are closely related and provide many opportunities for high impact post-doctoral work in:
  • Bayesian case detection
  • Bayesian outbreak detection and characterization
  • Decision-theoretic decision support
  • Agent-based simulation of infectious disease scenarios (epidemics and control strategies)
  • Formal representation of infectious disease scenarios for simulation
  • Codification of epidemiological knowledge for storage and re-use
  • Ontology-based indexing and retrieval of datasets, publications, and codified knowledge.
The faculty members available for mentoring include, but are not limited to:
  • Michael M. Wagner, MD, PhD
  • Gregory Cooper, MD, PhD
Additional information about the RODS Lab can be found at www.rods.pitt.edu. The Apollo project Web site is https://code.google.com/p/apollo/. Videos about software and projects can be found on the RODS Laboratory channel on YouTube.

Post-doctoral fellows in the Department of Biomedical Informatics are groomed for faculty positions within the department and other institutions.

  • Post-graduate degree (MD or PhD) and training in Biomedical Informatics, Computer Science, Artificial Intelligence, Biostatistics, Epidemiology or a related discipline
  • NLM fellowship eligibility (US citizen or permanent resident only)
  • Ability to independently perform research in one of the above areas with mentoring from a
    faculty member
  • Ability to write and publish journal articles 
Application Process:

We encourage informal inquiries. Please contact Cleat Szczepaniak at cleats@pitt.edu.
To formally apply, complete the online application at https://apply.dbmi.pitt.edu/. You will be asked to provide:
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Personal statement - description of your research interests
  • Contact information for three references
  • One writing sample - preferably a published or accepted paper
    The application fee will be waived – please contact Toni Porterfield (tls18@pitt.edu) Information about post-doctoral stipends is at http://www.dbmi.pitt.edu/node/311. The University of Pittsburgh is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer. 

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