Postdoctoral Opportunities
The University of Maryland

Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute

Posted on: Wed Aug 2016

Statistical Ecology

We seek a quantitative researcher with fluency in statistics to work in a team environment on projects related to animal movement. Example topics include analyzing a dataset on the movements of monkeys in 3 dimensions and developing/refining methods for dealing with barriers in the continuous- time movement modeling framework. The person must be able to work productively in a team environment that includes physicists and ecologists. Knowledge of R is necessary and experience with spatial statistics and/or signal processing is desirable. Previous experience with movement ecology is not required, but would be beneficial. We are particularly interested in someone with these quantitative skills who also has a documented history of writing papers in ecological journals. This postdoc is funded through a combination of NSF and institutional funds. Funding is available for one year, with the possibility of an extension to two years.

Project leaders are:

Justin Calabrese
Bill Fagan

Epidemiological Modeling

We seek a postdoctoral researcher with a background in mathematics, mathematical biology, or a related field to aid in developing, analyzing, and simulating models of tick and mosquito-borne diseases. Example topics include analytical / computational models of diseases with multiple hosts, parameterizing detailed disease models and fitting them to prevalence data, and studies of how seasonality and climate change influence disease dynamics. Ability to work in a team environment is essential. At a minimum, applicants should have experience with analysis of ordinary and partial differential equations.

Experience with non-autonomous and/or delay differential equations would be beneficial. Those with experience using control techniques are especially encouraged to apply. Coursework or some other background in epidemiology is preferable but not required. Funding, which is available for one year, with the possibility of an extension to two years, is through a US Dept of Defense project entitled "Biological Timing and the Transmission of Arthropod-Borne Diseases," which includes collaboration with mathematician Folashade Agusto (University of Kansas).

Project leaders are:

Sharon Bewick & Bill Fagan
Justin Calabrese


Start dates for both positions are September to December 2016, but can be adjusted for the right candidate. For both positions, please send CV, short statement of interest, and contact info for 3 references to:

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