Postdoc: Network epidemiology position at Washington State University

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    Position Description: The Lofgren Lab in the Paul G. Allen School for Global Health at Washington State University is seeking a postdoctoral research associate to support an NIH-supported research project examining the impact of social networks in Marshallese and Pacific Islander populations in the United States, who have been disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 epidemic. The postdoctoral research associate will have access to an extensive social contact survey and health behavior dataset and will be working with a diverse team of biomedical, statistical, and computational modeling researchers to understand both the dynamics of infection in this unique population but also the implications for disease surveillance and public health outreach.

    Responsibilities include the analysis of survey and social contact network datasets, the mentoring of graduate and undergraduate students in the lab, the analysis of mathematical models of disease transmission, and the preparation of manuscripts and conference abstracts. The specific focus of this project will be on the quantification of social networks from contact diaries using exponential random graph models (ERGMs) and other techniques, as well as simulation infection transmission along those networks.
    The Lofgren Lab is located in Pullman, WA, however remote work may be possible.

    Required Qualifications: Candidates should have a PhD or equivalent degree in Epidemiology, Biostatistics, Network Science, Mathematical Biology, Disease Ecology or a related field, as well as good written and oral communication skills and the ability to work collaboratively across disciplines. Candidates who have not yet completed their PhD but have a scheduled defense date in the near future may be considered.

    Preferred Qualifications: Ideal candidates will have some experience in the use of contact networks for epidemiological research, as well as fluency in the R programming language, and an interest in the control of infectious diseases in underserved populations.

    Please feel free to contact Dr. Eric Lofgren ( if you have any questions or would like more information.

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    This position is open until filled. Screening of applications begins April 1, 2022.

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