Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Cambridge, Massachusetts (US)
19 Sep 2017
End of advertisement period
17 Oct 2017
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
Global Health and Population (GHP)
Position Description

The Prevention Policy Modeling Lab in the Department of Global Health and Population (GHP), Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, invites applicants for its postdoctoral fellowship research program in infectious disease modeling for the 2017-2018 academic year. The fellowship offers a competitive salary that varies with the applicant’s qualifications and research interest.

The Prevention Policy Modeling Lab models the health impact, costs and cost-effectiveness of infectious disease treatment and prevention programs in the United States. Our work aims to inform U.S. health policy and guide public health decision-making at national, state and local levels. We work closely with collaborators in the National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention (NCHHSTP) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Led by the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, the lab represents the collaborative work of distinguished teams of experts from Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston Medical Center, Yale School of Public Health, Brown University School of Public Health, Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Stanford University and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. The team includes health economists, medical doctors, epidemiologists, mathematical modelers, public health officials, demographers, and social scientists.

This postdoctoral research fellow will work closely with Professor Joshua Salomon, the PI for this research program, and a team of faculty members and research scientists to develop epidemiology-based computer simulation models of diseases in human populations.

The primary responsibility of this position will be to lead a new project investigating dynamic policy options for the introduction of novel antibiotics for the treatment of gonorrhea. The project will involve adaptation of an existing model to explore how to best use new and existing antibiotics to optimize treatment recommendations and reduce antibiotic resistance in the population. Model development and parameter estimation will be conducted with guidance from CDC collaborators. The postdoc will have the opportunity to work closely with policy makers to ensure that the findings of our work are disseminated widely.

This position will also lead the completion of two ongoing projects: 1) regional models of gonorrhea transmission in the US and 2) a model of syphilis transmission in the US. In addition, this position will contribute to our wider portfolio of projects through regular participation in disease-based work groups.

The role of postdoctoral research fellow will require flexibility in the scope of duties and responsibilities required, and therefore, the responsibilities listed below should be considered indicative, not exhaustive.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Assess and synthesize existing evidence from published literature and primary data sets on: patterns and trends in the epidemiology of diseases of interest; natural history and transmission dynamics of infection; modeling techniques commonly employed in the literature and the strengths/weaknesses of such techniques; standard of care, frequently used interventions, and research supporting new treatment or prevention opportunities.
  • Work with researchers in the Prevention Policy Modeling Lab and at CDC to design, develop and code transmission models of STDs.
  • Work with the Research Assistant and Program Manager to identify and acquire best available data to parameterize the model.
  • Optimize, test and debug model code and confirm program meets specifications.
  • Conduct modeling analyses to address specific research questions.
  • Write and maintain documentation to describe model development, structure, logic, coding, testing, changes and corrections/updates to facilitate communication among team members.
  • Author and publish abstracts, poster presentations and research articles of the model and modeling results.
  • Participate in weekly work group meetings.

Basic Qualifications

The candidate must have an advanced degree (e.g. PhD) in fields related to mathematics, statistics, epidemiology, or computer science. An interest in infectious disease epidemiology or public health is preferred.

In addition, the Postdoc must have the following skills:

  • Strong writing skills in English;
  • Strong research and analytical skills
  • Ability to work independently and be proactive, flexible, conscientiousness, and responsive.

Additional Qualifications Special Instructions Contact Information

Yelena Malyuta

Contact Email ymalyuta@hsph.harvard.edu Equal Opportunity Employer

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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Applicant Documents Required Documents

  1. Curriculum Vitae
  2. Cover Letter

Optional Documents

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