Postdoctoral fellow in Infectious Disease modeling and climate change

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Postdoctoral fellow in Infectious Disease modeling and climate change

Job Description

Umeå University is dedicated to providing creative environments for learning and work. We offer a wide variety of courses and programmes, world leading research, and excellent innovation and collaboration opportunities. More than 4 000 employees and 36 000 students have already chosen Umeå University. We welcome your application!

We were recently awarded a grant from Formas, the Swedish Research Council for sustainable development, related to modeling of the occurrence of infectious diseases with a focus on tularemia. Our research group has carried out modeling on retrospective data and thereby we were able to build a model that closely mimicked the historical data. We now intend to use the model to predict future occurrences of certain zoonotic diseases, in particular tularemia, and incorporate scenarios for future climate change in this modeling.

Specifically, we will refine our existing models to predict the main causes of the outbreak of tularemia and try to identify additional causative factors. This refined model will be used to forecast future outbreaks and to identify how these will be affected by climate change, and to implement the models so that they function in real-time and thus allows early institution of preventive measures in endemic areas. The validity of the model will also be assessed by analyzing retrospective data on other zoonotic diseases.

The project is interdisciplinary and involves biology, climate research, epidemiology, medicine and statistics. The postdoc is expected to take an active role in this interdisciplinary cooperation. The work involves collection and management of data as well as advanced modeling using statistical techniques. Experience in modeling using statistical methods is required and also excellent programming skills as well as excellent communication skills in English. Experience of interdisciplinary research projects within biology and medicine are qualifying.

The work will be performed as part of the UCMR network ( The mission of UCMR is to develop model systems to identify new control strategies for modern day problems of microbial infections such as emerging and re-emerging infections, large outbreaks of food, water and insect borne infections, hospital-acquired infections, bioterrorism, microbiota shift diseases, and antibiotic resistance. UCMR is an interdisciplinary consortium of academic research groups with outstanding track records in the fields of microbial molecular pathogenesis, chemistry, structural biology, physics, and mathematical statistics that have joined forces to establish a world-leading and sustainable scientific environment at Umeå University focused on understanding and preventing microbial infectious diseases.

Successful candidates for the postdoctoral should have earned a PhD degree in fields relevant for the position. To qualify for the postdoctoral position should the applicant’s PhD degree not be older than 3 years. The position is full-time (100%) and for a fixed term of two years.

Complete application should include:
Introductory letter with a statement of research interest
A list of publications
Names and contact details of two persons willing to act as references

For more information contact Ass. Prof. Patrik Rydén, E-mail patrik.ryden(at), or Prof. Anders Sjöstedt, E-mail, anders.sjostedt(at)

Union information is available from SACO,  +46-(0)90-786 53 65 , SEKO,  +46-(0)90-786 52 96  and ST,  +46-(0)90-786 54 31 .
Documents sent electronically should be in MS Word or PDF format.

Your complete application, marked with reference number 315-134-13, should be sent to eval(unescape('%64%6f%63%75%6d%65%6e%74%2e%77%72%69%74%65%28%27%3c%61%20%68%72%65%66%3d%22%6d%61%69%6c%74%6f%3a%6a%6f%62%62%40%75%6d%75%2e%73%65%22%3e%6a%6f%62%62%40%75%6d%75%2e%73%65%3c%2f%61%3e%27%29%3b')) (state the reference number as subject) or to the Registrar, Umeå University, SE-901 87 Umeå, Sweden to arrive March 15, 2013 at the latest.

We look forward to receiving your application!
Contact:      Anders Sjostedt
Department of Clinical Microbiology
Umea University

Deadline:March 15, 2013

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