Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Bio-secure Mobility: Network Modeling of Infectious Diseases

September 19, 2018

Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Bio-secure Mobility: Network Modeling of Infectious Diseases

Applications are invited for a full-time postdoctoral position at the Department of Civil Engineering and the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University under the supervision of Associate Professor Lauren Gardner. The applicant will be expected to undertake and develop research on the topic of biological incident risk, with a focus on the development of models for i) outbreak prediction, ii) inferring outbreak risk factors, and iii) optimizing resource allocation for outbreak mitigation. Candidates should have expertise in one or more of the following areas: network modelling, optimization, machine learning, statistical modelling, and data visualization, with previous experience working on epidemiological applications.

The postdoc will work closely with an international multidisciplinary team of faculty and Ph.D. students from a number of institutions. In addition, the PI will make every effort to mentor the postdoc for transition into a faculty position. This includes guidance on grant-writing, teaching opportunities, and translation of research. Women and Underrepresented Minorities are highly encouraged to apply. This is a year-long postdoc that can potentially be extended up to two years upon satisfactory performance and availability of funding.


The candidate will be expected to:

  • Possess a PhD degree in computer science, engineering, applied or computational mathematics, or a closely related field.
  • Have expertise in one or more of the following areas: network modelling, machine learning, statistical modelling, data visualization.
  • Previous experience working on epidemiological applications.
  • Experience with GAMS, MATLAB, Python, or other programming languages.
  • Demonstrated experience in analyzing large scale data sets.
  • Demonstrated experience in working on large-scale multi-disciplinary projects
  • The ability to work effectively as part of a multi-disciplinary, regionally dispersed research team
  • Illustrate the motivation and discipline to carry out autonomous research.
  • High level interpersonal, written and oral communication skills in English.
  • A record of research accomplishment as reflected in publications in peer-reviewed journals and conferences and presentations at scientific meetings.

Anticipated start date is March 1, 2019. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Complete applications should include the following (in a single pdf file) to

(1) A cover letter

(2) A full curriculum vitae

(3) Up to two research publications and/or preprints

(4) The names and contact information for three references

(5) (Optional) A one-page original research proposal on the topic of your choosing, with the following headings: Motivation, Research Questions, Research Approach, Methods, Data Sources, Timeline. Proposals will be judged on creativity and originality, so think big!

The Johns Hopkins University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and welcomes applications from women and members of underrepresented groups.

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