Postdoc position modeling infectious disease dynamics at Johns Hopkins

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    Alison Hill

    Position title: Postdoctoral Fellow

    Position topic: Mathematical modeling of infectious disease dynamics and evolution; including HIV, COVID-19, and drug resistance

    Institute: Johns Hopkins University


    The research group of Dr. Alison Hill at Johns Hopkins University invites applicants for a postdoctoral fellow to contribute to the group’s work developing mathematical models and computational tools to better understand, predict, and control infectious diseases. We are seeking a motivated and creative PhD-level scientist with experience applying mathematics to biological systems. The successful applicant will become a part of two highly-collaborative multi-PI groups at the university: the Institute for Computational Medicine ( and the Infectious Disease Dynamics Group ( The position is expected to be virtual for the duration of university closures in response to COVID-19.

    Multiple positions are available to contribute to new and ongoing projects in the group, such as modeling a) within-host dynamics and evolution of HIV infection in response to antiretroviral therapy, b) cure strategies for HIV/AIDS including immunotherapy and latency-targeting therapies, c) strategies to slow the evolution of drug resistance for a wide range of pathogens, d) spread of COVID-19 and the efficacy of control policies. The group additionally studies the spread of bed bug infestations, antiviral immune responses, cancer-causing viruses, and the intersection of human behavior and infection spread. The work involves both deterministic and stochastic modeling, and working with a variety of data types and collaborators around the world. The successful candidate will also be welcome to pursue independent research topics of mutual interest. The lab is funded by grants from the National Institutes of Health and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. More information about our current and previous work can be found at

    The successful applicant should have a PhD in a quantitative field and some experience working on topics in biology, medicine, or public health. Example fields of training of former lab members include (but are not limited to) applied math, biophysics, epidemiology, systems biology, ecology/evolutionary biology, physics, and biomedical engineering. The ideal candidate would be able to follow projects through from conception to publication, be a strong writer, have experience presenting their work to scientific audiences from diverse fields, enjoy working collaborative, and be excited to mentor junior trainees. Programming skills (ideally in at least one of Python, R, or Matlab) are required.

    The start date of the position is flexible, and could be as early as Dec 2020 or as late as Spring 2021. Due to university regulations during the COVID-19 pandemic, the applicant must already be living in the US and must be able to work remotely. The duration of the position is also flexible based on the employee’s performance and career goals, and can be renewed on an annual basis. Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience; comprehensive benefits including health insurance are provided to all postdoctoral fellows.

    Interested candidates should submit the following (in pdf form) to

    • A cover letter describing the applicant’s research interests, educational background and previous research experiences, and career goals
    • A CV, which includes a link to a Google Scholar profile
    • Contact information for 3 references (will only be contacted after initial meeting with applicant)

    Applications will be considered on a rolling basis and should be submitted as soon as possible.

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