Postdoctoral Scholar


Department Number/Name: Epidemiology

College Division: USF Health – College of Public Health

Job Code/Title: 9180 / Postdoctoral Scholar


POSITION SUMMARY: The postdoc (PD) will work as part of an international and interdisciplinary team on a project supported by The Carter Center (TCC) with PI Gillian Stresman at USF, in collaboration with CoIs Manuel de Jesus Tejada Beato (CECOVEZ), Keyla Ureña (NMCP), Karen Hamre (TCC), Luca Nelli (University of Glasgow), and Chris Drakeley (LSHTM). The principal duties and obligations of the appointment are to conduct research in accordance with the needs of the funded TCC project on Freedom From malaria Infection (FFI). The 1-year project will work with the National Malaria Control Program (NMCP) in the Dominican Republic and Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) to inform the refinement and application of the FFI framework to support decision-making for elimination. The postdoc will refine the FFI framework to maximize its’ potential as a programmatic tool, mentor undergraduate and graduate students, publish high-quality articles in peer-reviewed journals, and present at national/international scientific conferences. Opportunities also exist for teaching, learning and contributing to the epidemiology lab group, participating in an interdisciplinary vector-borne disease research interest group and executing independent research projects associated with the main grant on FFI. As the Stresman group is part of both the Epidemiology and Global Health and Infectious Disease Research groups at USF, training and collaborative opportunities will also abound for the successful candidate. The initial appointment will be for 1 year with the opportunity for renewal possible pending successful candidate progress and renewal of funding. Interested individuals should feel free to ask any questions via email at gstresman@usf.edu.


Minimum Qualifications: Candidates must have completed a PhD in epidemiology, statistics or other related discipline and strong skills in R. Strong epidemiology and statistical skills, particularly in relation to health surveillance data. Experience in Bayesian model fitting with different methods (e.g., JAGS, Stan, Julia).

Preferred Qualifications: Experience working with spatially explicit datasets in R and/or GIS environments and in the processing, management, and analysis of large opportunistic datasets (e.g., citizen science data, routine surveillance data. Proficient in data cleaning and working with missing data. Some background in malaria epidemiology or elimination science and proficiency in Spanish is desirable, but not imperative. Record of academic and research achievements. Candidates must be highly motivated, think independently and be willing to work as part of an integrated multidisciplinary and global research team.

The principal duties and obligations of the appointment are to conduct research in accordance with the needs of the funded research project and to generate data that will result in significant articles published in highly ranked, peer-reviewed research journals.

Job Opening Number: 32433

Application Review Date: December 1, 2022. Open until filled.

How To Apply
Apply online by completing the required information and attaching your cover letter and CV. Please include your experience as it relates to the qualifications stated above. YOUR COVER LETTER AND CV, PLUS ANY OTHER REQUESTED MATERIAL, MUST BE IN ONE ATTACHMENT. Only online applications are accepted for this position. Visit https://www.usf.edu/work-at-usf/careers/index.aspx and search for Job ID 32433.

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