Multiple Positions in Modeling Viral, Bacterial, and Immune Dynamics at UTHSC

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    Amber Smith

    Open Staff and Postdoc Research Positions in Modeling Viral and Bacterial Infections


    Multiple staff and postdoctoral research positions are available in the Department of Pediatrics and the Institute for the Study of Host-Pathogen Systems at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) in Memphis, TN. The successful applicant will work with Dr. Amber Smith ( to develop and analyze mathematical models of the immune response and treatment of respiratory viral and bacterial infections and coinfections. The Smith lab is a dual dry/wet laboratory and uniquely generates robust data sets to train and validate the models and their predictions.


    Successful candidates will collaborate with computational biologists, virologists, bacteriologists, immunologists, and clinicians within the Smith Lab, across UTHSC, and at neighboring St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. They will develop and analyze dynamical infection models, use parameter estimation to investigate experimental kinetic data, help design new experiments, and generate new hypotheses about infection biology.



    ·      Ph.D. in Mathematics, Computer Science, Statistics, Physics, Engineering, or a related field

    ·      Previous experience in modeling viral infections, bacterial infections, and/or immune response dynamics is preferred

    ·      Experience with parameter estimation techniques and data-driven modeling

    ·      Proficient programming skills in Python, Matlab, and/or R

    Excellent oral and written communication skills, and the ability to work well in a fast paced, collaborative, medically focused research environment are also required. Experience and willingness to work closely with experimental collaborators and design experiments is also highly desired. The positions require independent, career-focused, and creative individuals.


    Application Instructions: Please send a brief statement of research interests and CV to


    Application Deadline: Review will continue until the positions are filled.

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