NIH Postdoctoral Fellowship in Virus Evolution and Spillover

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Postdoctoral Fellowship in Virus Evolution and Spillover

The post-doctoral scholar will study how rapidly evolving RNA viruses
(e.g., influenza, coronavirus) spillover, transmit, and evolve at the
human-animal interface, using advanced Bayesian phylogenetic approaches
and large-scale genomic data. The post-doctoral scholar will perform
a central role in data analysis within an interdisciplinary team of
international scientists conducting fieldwork, experimental studies, and
statistical analyses on emerging pathogens. Note that this position is
strictly computational (no fieldwork or lab work required). This project
is part of a longstanding government-academic partnership spanning
multiple Federal agencies and academic institutions to study disease
spillover between humans, wildlife, and livestock and identify successful
intervention strategies to break transmission in real-world settings.

Candidates should have or be close to obtaining a Ph.D. or equivalent
degree in bioinformatics, computational biology, computer science,
molecular biology, or a closely related field. Candidates with a
background in Bayesian approaches to phylodynamic analysis of virus
populations are particularly encouraged to apply. Programming skills
(e.g., R, python) and an ability to learn how to use new software
and quickly become expert in its applications to genomic data are
essential. Applicants must possess good communication skills and be
prepared to work collaboratively within a fast-paced team of international
scientists to inform time-sensitive outbreak responses.

Interested applicants should submit a curriculum vitae, a detailed letter
of interest, and the names of three potential references to Dr. Martha
Nelson at [email protected].

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and employment programs.