Senior Scientist or Postdoctoral Scientist

University of Basel
Basel, Switzerland
Apr 11, 2021
May 19, 2021
Organization Type
University and College
Full Time
The Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute (Swiss TPH) is a world-leading institute in global health with a particular focus on low- and middle-income countries. Associated with the University of Basel, Swiss TPH combines research, services, and education and training at the local, national and interna-tional level. About 850 people from more than 80 nations work at Swiss TPH focusing on infectious and non-communicable diseases, environment, society and health as well as health systems and interventions.

The Department of Epidemiology and Public Health (EPH), within the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute, develops and applies epidemiological, statistical and mathematical methods to ad-vance innovation, validation, and application in the field of public health. Within the Disease Modelling Unit of EPH we are looking for a

Senior Scientist or Postdoctoral Scientist in infectious disease dynamics modelling for vector control interven-tions against malaria (80-100%)

We are seeking a senior scientist or postdoctoral scientist for an exciting opportunity to develop and implement disease and vector biology models to support decision making in health.

There are many open questions concerning the assessment of new and current vector control inter-ventions for the control and elimination of malaria that can only be answered through quantitative analysis, disease modelling and simulation.

The candidate will undertake mathematical and statistical modelling and simulation to (i) predict the impact of novel vector control interventions; and (ii) improve implementation strategies of current interventions on the transmission and disease burden for malaria. The position focuses on using and developing disease models, analyzing field and semi-field entomological and epidemiological data, as well as aggregating and analyzing results of large numbers of simulations.

The successful candidate will join and collaborate with a multidisciplinary team within Swiss TPH and external partners to provide evidence to global decision-makers, funders and product developers. Projects are funded by the Innovative Vector Control Consortium and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foun-dation.

The position will be based at the Swiss TPH in Basel and the successful applicant will receive a one or two year contract with possibility of extension. Salary will be commensurate with experience (as a minimum based on the Swiss National Science Foundation Postdoc salary scale). The position is intended to be full-time (100%), but candidates hoping to work part-time will be considered.

Your profile
  • Essential: PhD in mathematics, statistics or a related discipline such as quantitative epidemi-ology, ecology modelling, computational biology
  • Strong mathematical and statistical modelling skills
  • Strong programming skills (in at least one of Python, R, Matlab, C/C++), preferably with ex-perience in working with a version control system (preferably Git) and in using high perfor-mance computing clusters
  • Expertise/background and interest in areas of infectious disease modelling
  • Expertise/background and interest in the epidemiology of parasitic diseases, especially malar-ia, vector ecology and/or entomology
  • Ability to deliver high quality research and to publish in peer reviewed journals
  • Ability to communicate effectively in spoken and written English, incl. good presentation skills
  • Ability to work independently and as part of an interdisciplinary team on large research pro-jects in a culturally diverse environment
  • Ability to initiate, plan, implement and deliver programs of work to tight deadlines

Applicants with previous expertise in infectious disease modelling are especially encouraged to apply.

Swiss TPH is an equal-opportunity employer committed to excellence through diversity. Applicants from the global South and from backgrounds that are traditionally underrepresented in academia are especially encouraged to apply.

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