[ES_JOBS_NET] Postdoc, vector-borne disease and climate, NCAR, Colorado
christin at ucar.edu
Thu Jun 15 08:24:47 MDT 2017
Postdoctoral Fellow I
*Postdoctoral Fellow I*
This is a full-time, 2-year term position. This position will be
posted until 4 pm on June 18, 2017 or until a sufficient number of
applications have been received. Thereafter, applications will be
reviewed on an as-needed basis.
NCAR – Research Applications Laboratory (RAL) – Climate Science and
Applications Program (CSAP)
Partial relocation costs paid per UCAR’s relocation policy.
U.S. Citizenship, Permanent Residency, or other protected status
under 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3) is required for this position. UCAR/NCAR
will not sponsor a work visa (e.g., J-1, H1-B, etc.) for this position.
*Where You Will Work*
Located in Boulder, Colorado, the National Center for Atmospheric
Research (NCAR) is one of the world’s premier scientific
institutions, with an internationally recognized staff and research
program dedicated to advancing knowledge, providing community-based
resources, and building human capacity in the atmospheric and
The Research Applications Laboratory is one of five laboratories
within NCAR. Its mission is to conduct directed research that
contributes to fundamental understanding of the atmosphere and
related physical, biological, and social systems; to support,
enhance, and extend the capabilities of the scientific community;
and to develop and transfer knowledge and technology for the
betterment of life on Earth.
*What You Will Do*
Based on the success of the postdoctoral training fellowship program
begun in 2010, a new round will commence in 2017, continuing a
partnership between the National Center for Atmospheric Research
(NCAR) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
This is a full-time, 2-year term position. The fellow hired for this
position will conduct research on current and future health risks.
The fellow will collaborate with the CDC’s Division of Vector-Borne
Diseases (DVBD) in Fort Collins, CO. The fellow will acquire
specific training in atmospheric and climate research following
NCAR’s established advanced study postdoctoral training program
(ASP), as well as training in public health at CDC. The goal is to
increase the number of scientists with the appropriate experience
and training to conduct research in the emerging field of weather,
climate and health.
In this position, in collaboration with CDC’s DVBD, the fellow will
focus on research that will include development of spatially- and
temporally-explicit models to predict the risk of vector-borne
diseases such as human plague, Lyme disease, tularemia, dengue,
chikungunya, Zika, and West Nile viruses. The population dynamics of
disease vectors (e.g., fleas, mosquitoes, ticks) are linked to many
factors, among them meteorological variables such as temperature,
humidity and precipitation; therefore, the position will focus on
the ecological and disease expertise necessary to develop and employ
useful disease risk models for present and future (i.e., predictive)
conditions. This fellow will divide his/her time between Fort
Collins and Boulder CO.
The postdoctoral fellow will work closely with scientists and other
professionals at CDC, NCAR, universities, and public health agencies
undertaking research on weather, climate and human health and will
be expected to submit the results of the research to peer-reviewed
journals and present research at scientific meetings.
* The NCAR/CDC DVBD fellow performs independent and collaborative
research developing spatio-temporal models for analyzing the
effects of weather, climate and other variables on the
distribution and abundance of disease vectors and the
transmission dynamics of disease agents. Bacterial diseases of
particular interest include plague, tularemia, and Lyme disease;
arboviruses of particular interest include dengue, chikungunya,
Zika and West Nile although models should be broadly applicable
to other vector-borne diseases. Temporal analyses may include
the effects of short-term meteorological events, seasonal
changes, annual variation, and potential long-term climatic
change on vector abundance, human case occurrence and pathogen
transmission. Spatial analyses may explore the relationship
between spatial heterogeneity in temperature and rainfall,
particularly in topographically diverse areas, and human risk of
exposure to vector-borne pathogens. Initial predictive models
will be evaluated with existing independent data sets obtained
from NCAR, CDC or other state and county health departments or
by future field studies.
* Assists in developing survey sampling strategy and collecting data.
* Participates in research development with internal and external
collaborators across disciplines.
* Communicates research results through publication in
peer-reviewed journals, meeting proceedings, and presentations
at scientific meetings.
*Decision Making & Problem Solving*
* In consultation with the research team, the new hire helps to
shape the specific research tasks to be conducted as part of the
* Solves problems that may arise in the course of completing the
research plan. Works independently to solve these problems,
establishes schedules to meet deadlines as needed by supervisor.
Obtains guidance when she/he cannot make a decision or solve a
*What You Need*
* In-depth knowledge of spatio-temporal statistics
* Demonstrated skill working with applications in public health
(e.g., biostatistics in epidemiology)
* Familiarity with vector-borne diseases and/or disease ecology
* Previous experience working with large datasets including
environmental, health, demographic and survey data
* Demonstrated ability to participate in interdisciplinary
projects and interact productively with physical and social
scientists and public health practitioners.
* Ability to establish and maintain a strong publication record.
* Strong skills in written and oral communication of research
results, including in an interdisciplinary context.
* Technical/computational skills:
o Excellent programming skills in a statistics environment
(e.g., R, Matlab or STATA, SAS, SPSS)
* Familiarity with GIS
*Education & Experience Requirement*
* Ph.D. degree in statistics, epidemiology, atmospheric and
environmental sciences, climatology, medical geography, ecology
or related disciplines
The University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR) is an
equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer that
strives to develop and maintain a diverse workforce. UCAR is
committed to providing equal opportunity for all employees and
applicants for employment and does not discriminate on the basis of
race, age, creed, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex,
gender, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual
orientation, gender identity or expression, or pregnancy.
Whatever your intersection of identities, you are welcome at the
University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR). We are
committed to inclusivity and promoting an equitable environment that
values and respects the uniqueness of all members of our organization.
Boulder, Colorado, United States
Term Full-Time (T1)
-------------- next part --------------
An HTML attachment was scrubbed...
More information about the Es_jobs_net