The Drake Lab and Hall Lab at UGA are seeking a postdoctoral researcher to develop and analyze mathematical models of vector-borne disease transmission in relation to human behaviors and land use change. The position is based at the Odum School of Ecology at the University of Georgia. The successful candidate will collaborate with a multidisciplinary and international team of ecologists, social scientists, and mathematical modelers at UGA and the Gorgas Memorial Institute of Health Studies, on a project funded by the NSF Dynamics of Integrated Socio-Environmental Systems. The position will be responsible for developing general theory relating to human land use change and zoonotic disease risk, as well as models relating to transmission of Chagas disease and leishmaniasis in Panama. The selected candidate will be expected to use mathematical and computational methods to understand the transient and long-term behaviors of the model, to draft both internal and external reports on the performed research, and to prepare manuscripts for submission to peer-reviewed journals.
The start date is flexible within Spring 2020, thus PhD Students graduating this spring will be considered. Interviews will begin in early 2020. Applicants who are fluent in Spanish are encouraged to apply, though this is not a requirement.