• Post Doctoral Fellow- Department of Epidemiology

    Job Number
    Job Type
    Regular Full-Time
    School Of Public Health
    SPH: Epidemiology
    Location : Name
    Emory Campus-Clifton Corridor
    This position may involve the following Health and Safety issues:
    Not Applicable
  • Description

    JOB DESCRIPTION: Helps design and conduct research within a specified field while receiving advanced training from a designated Principal Investigator to enhance professional skills and research independence needed for pursuit of a career. The specific area of research in which the trainee is mentored is determined by the department and laboratory of the Postdoc. Designs and evaluates experiments. Develops new ideas that promote current research. Prepares and publishes scientific manuscripts under the direction of the Principal Investigator. May be responsible for operation of specific equipment. May teach techniques to others, train, and supervise research staff. Positions are temporary appointments as a research trainee. The initial appointment is for one year, renewal expected if progress is satisfactory and funds are available. Appointments cannot exceed five years.

    MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: A doctoral degree or equivalent (Ph.D., M.D., ScD., D.V.M., DDS etc) in an appropriate field. Excellent scientific writing ability and strong oral communication skills. The ability to work effectively and collegially with colleagues. Additional qualifications as specified by the Principal Investigator.


    Position Description: Dr. Ben Lopman’s group in the Department of Epidemiology is seeking an excellent Postdoctoral Fellow to work on a National Institutes of Health-funded project researching social mixing patterns relevant to infectious disease transmission in developing countries. The project will collect and analyze social mixing patterns in both rural and urban settings, in Guatemala, Pakistan, India and Mozambique in order to better parameterize infectious disease models, and thus evaluate infectious disease interventions. The project is led by principal investigators at Emory and Yale University and with collaborators at Aga Khan University, Christian Medical College, Fundaçâo Manhica, Universidad del Valle de Guatemala, and Bocconi University.

    The Postdoc will develop the study instruments, analytical plan, data management framework and perform data analyses under the supervision of Dr. Lopman.

     Preferred Minimum Qualifications:

    • A PhD in epidemiology, life or biological sciences, biostatistics, sociology or closely related field

     Experience and skills:

    • Previous experience implementing social mixing studies in low income settings
    • Previous experience working with RFID sensors to track human contacts
    • Developing and managing large datasets
    • Writing and managing protocols
    • Designing study instruments and building databases of electronic tracking device data
    • Programming in R or willingness to learn
    • Developing R Shiny apps, or willingness to learn
    • Working on international public health research projects
    • Coordinating with a diverse group of academic and international partners

     Additional Job Details:

    The Postdoc will be under the mentorship of Dr. Ben Lopman and will have the opportunity to collaborate with leaders in the field. The position will be based at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. The initial appointment is for one year and renewal is anticipated if performance is satisfactory and funds are available. Some domestic and international travel required.


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