18 July 2014

Seeking postdoc in data sciences and computational epidemiology

Job Req.: 303451
Position Title: Post Doctorate RA - Data Sciences and Analytics

Description : A 1+ years postdoctoral position is available in the Data Sciences and Analytics Group at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. We are looking for a strongly motivated person with excellent skills in social media analytics research. Themes of interest include the development, implementation, and resulting analyses related to social network analysis, human language technologies, machine learning, infectious disease epidemiology, and data collection and analysis.  The candidate should have a keen interest in multidisciplinary research and have a PhD (or expect to have one for the starting date) in physics, applied mathematics, computer science, epidemiology, quantitative biology or any close related discipline. Proven abilities to work independently and to quickly adapt to new scientific environments are essential for this position. Superb communication skills to successfully collaborate with the other members of the group, and a strong working knowledge of both oral and written English are required.

The selected candidate will join the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Richland, WA and will work in collaboration with Dr. Courtney Corley and research staff in the Computational and Statistical Analytics Division. The candidate will support several exciting projects whose objectives include the development of internet-based systems to support biological threat surveillance transforming analytic environments to dramatically enhance capabilities for infectious disease prevention, detection, investigation and response. Ongoing research efforts with the Department of Defense, Department of Homeland Security, and USAID draw on a variety of data sources incorporating vetted proprietary health data, high volume public social media, and environmental data. The combination of these diverse sources provides analysts with a full spectrum of information to understand the threat landscape. This research utilizes cloud-based storage and processing resources, to enable a suite of web services provide access to the data and analytic products generated from the analysis of the unstructured text, temporal, geospatial and multimedia data for the purposes of biosurveillance. Specific research tools under development include streaming analytics that integrate weather, social media, vector and disease information to forecast vector-borne disease outbreaks, machine learning methods to integrate health surveillance data with social media to accelerate timeliness of respiratory disease detection, and responding to disease post disaster through sophisticated social media analytics. .

Minimum Requirements :
·         Candidates must have received a PhD within the past five years from an accredited college or university.
·         All staff at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory must be able to demonstrate the legal right to work in the United States.

Minimum Qualifications :
·         Effective written and oral communication is required
·         Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to collaborate effectively on diverse teams are required.
·         Record of research accomplishments required, preferably peer-reviewed publications.
·         Proven ability to work independently and to quickly adapt to new scientific environments.
·         Preferred Education/Credential : Degree in physics, applied mathematics, computer science, epidemiology, quantitative biology, or closely related field.

Equal Employment Opportunity: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) is an Affirmative Action / Equal Opportunity Employer and supports diversity in the workplace. All employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, marital or family status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or genetic information.

All staff at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory must be able to demonstrate the legal right to work in the United States.

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