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Research Associate - Evolutionary Risk Analyses in Human Health

The evolution of drug resistance is one of the major challenges for 21st Century Medicine. One approach is to discover new drugs to replace those that are failing, but a much cheaper approach is to use the drugs we already have in ways which slow or prevent resistance emergence (stewardship).  We are interested in hiring up to four people who are passionately interested in giving stewardship science a rigorous grounding in modern evolutionary theory. Projects include experimental work with drug resistance in malaria and with bacteria present in US hospitals, epidemiological and genomic analyses of hospital infections, statistical analyses of electronic health records, and the development and application of evolutionary models in health-care settings. There may also be options in cancer. Ideal candidates will have a PhD in cogent science (such as evolutionary biology, ecology, mathematics, statistics, epidemiology, public health, bioinformatics, genomics, microbiology). Candidates for Research Associate position must have a proven record of extensive research accomplishments through publication, conference presentations, and seminars. It is expected that the successful applicant(s) will in due course submit research proposals for self-support. We are looking for people whose interests coincide with ours but with skill sets that add to those already in our groups (www.thereadgroup.net,  http://www.uofmhealth.org/profile/3610/robert-james-woods-md). Experience with evolution in health care settings is desirable, but more critical is a keen interest in the application of basic science to improve real-world health outcomes and the capacity to operate in a highly interdisciplinary and collaborative environment. These positions are primarily based at Penn State, but hospital-motivated projects may involve substantial time at the University of Michigan Health System http://www.uofmhealth.org/ and at the Geisinger Health System https://www.geisinger.org/. Applications must be submitted electronically at https://psu.jobs/job/62580 and must include a cover letter describing research experience, interests and ambitions, a CV, and contact information for three references. Informal inquiries to Andrew Read PhD a.read@psu.edu or Robert Woods MD PhD robertwo@med.umich.edu (a.read@psu.edu). Review of applicants will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. This is a fixed-term appointment funded for one year from date of hire with excellent possibility of renewal.

CAMPUS SECURITY CRIME STATISTICS: For more about safety at Penn State, and to review the Annual Security Report which contains information about crime statistics and other safety and security matters, please go to  http://www.police.psu.edu/clery/, which will also provide you with detail on how to request a hard copy of the Annual Security Report.

Penn State is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer, and is committed to providing employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.

 

Postdoctoral Scholar - Evolutionary Risk Analyses in Human Health

The evolution of drug resistance is one of the major challenges for 21st Century Medicine. One approach is to discover new drugs to replace those that are failing, but a much cheaper approach is to use the drugs we already have in ways which slow or prevent resistance emergence (stewardship). We are interested in hiring up to four people who are passionately interested in giving stewardship science a rigorous grounding in modern evolutionary theory. Projects include experimental work with drug resistance in malaria and with bacteria present in US hospitals, epidemiological and genomic analyses of hospital infections, statistical analyses of electronic health records, and the development and application of evolutionary models in health-care settings. There may also be options in cancer. Ideal candidates will have a PhD in cogent science (such as evolutionary biology, ecology, mathematics, statistics, epidemiology, public health, bioinformatics, genomics, microbiology), up to 4 years postdoctoral experience, and a significant publication record. We are looking for people whose interests coincide with ours but with skill sets that add to those already in our groups (www.thereadgroup.net , http://www.uofmhealth.org/profile/3610/robert-james-woods-md). Experience with evolution in health care settings is desirable, but more critical is a keen interest in the application of basic science to improve real-world health outcomes and the capacity to operate in a highly interdisciplinary and collaborative environment. These positions are primarily based at Penn State, but hospital-motivated projects may involve substantial time at the University of Michigan Health System http://www.uofmhealth.org/ and at the Geisinger Health System https://www.geisinger.org/. Applications must be submitted electronically and must include a cover letter describing research experience, interests and ambitions, a CV, and contact information for three references. Informal inquiries to Andrew Read PhD a.read@psu.edu or Robert Woods MD PhD robertwo@med.umich.edu (a.read@psu.edu). Review of applicants will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

CAMPUS SECURITY CRIME STATISTICS: For more about safety at Penn State, and to review the Annual Security Report which contains information about crime statistics and other safety and security matters, please go to  http://www.police.psu.edu/clery/, which will also provide you with detail on how to request a hard copy of the Annual Security Report. 

Penn State is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer, and is committed to providing employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.

 

Post-doctoral position (UK-US NSF-NERC)

A UK-US NSF-NERC joint-funded postdoctoral position is available to study the interplay between diversity, disturbance and invasion, using experimental microcosms to illuminate ecological theory. Invasion by alien species represents a major threat to the maintenance of the world`s biodiversity. Biological invasions also have significant economic and environmental impacts on agriculture, epidemiology and conservation.  Unfortunately, our current understanding of the processes involved, and hence our ability to manage disturbed systems, is hampered by the large number of interacting factors that can affect invasion. This project will examine how biological diversity and environmental perturbations interact to affect invasion, using a mix of experiments and theoretical research.  The project will focus on experimental populations of microbes, combined with a related modeling agenda, to study: 1) the effect of independent, and combined, manipulation of disturbance and diversity on invasion success; and 2) the role of pre-adaptation to disturbance regimes in mediating invasion resistance. The postdoc will additionally assess the hypothesized importance of pre-adaptation to disturbance regimes by assessing invasion success following changes to previously established regimes. The project will involve successive iterations between these large bacterial community experiments and system-specific and general theory. Research will be based in the laboratory of Dr. Katriona Shea (https://kshealab.wordpress.com/) in the Department of Biology at The Pennsylvania State University, USA, with experimental work conducted in the laboratory of Dr. Angus Buckling (http://biosciences.exeter.ac.uk/staff/index.php?web_id=Angus_Buckling) at the University of Exeter Cornwall campus, UK.  Please contact Katriona Shea (k-shea@psu.edu; +1 814-321-4809) for more information. We seek a postdoctoral researcher who has expertise in ecological/evolutionary modeling with a clear interest in applications to community ecology and a strong desire to integrate theory with empirical research.  A Ph.D. in Quantitative Ecology, Population Biology, Applied Mathematics or an equivalent area is required.  Expertise in theory for microbial systems dynamics, using stochastic analytical and/or simulation population models, and empirical expertise in such systems, is highly desirable. Candidates should demonstrate a track record of publication; have strong organizational, written, and oral communication skills; and be able to work both independently and as part of a collaborative team.  Interested applicants should apply online at https://psu.jobs/job/63194 with an application, a CV, a 1-2 page statement of research interests that explicitly describes professional qualifications for this position, and contact information for three referees. This is a fixed-term appointment funded for one year from date of hire with possibility of re-funding.  Review of applications will immediately and continue until a suitable candidate is found.

CAMPUS SECURITY CRIME STATISTICS: For more about safety at Penn State, and to review the Annual Security Report which contains information about crime statistics and other safety and security matters, please go to  http://www.police.psu.edu/clery/, which will also provide you with detail on how to request a hard copy of the Annual Security Report. 

Penn State is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer, and is committed to providing employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.

 

Research Associate positions @ Symbiota

Symbiota is seeking exceptional people to join them in their vision of improving agriculture. They are driven to translate breakthrough discoveries into disruptive products.

 

Research Fellow @ University of Michigan

This is a collaborative project between the labs of Robert Woods at the University of Michigan and Andrew Read at Pennsylvania State University. The position will be based at the University of Michigan, with some time spent at the Center of Infectious Disease Dynamics at Penn State.

 

Postdoctoral Research Associate

Department of Biology, Georgetown University, Washington DC, USA

 

Postdoctoral Scholar in Molecular Parasitology