2 Postdocs to study SARS-CoV-2 variants

2 Postdocs to study SARS-CoV-2 variants

Updated December 1, 2022: These positions have been filled, but we are always looking for outstanding postdocs. Please email us at [email protected] if you are interested.

Postdoc / Associate Research Scientist position in biostats / modeling to study SARS-CoV-2 variants

The Yale School of Public Health (YSPH) is seeking a Postdoc or Associate Research Scientist with a background in biostatistics, epidemiology, and/or infectious disease modeling to work on a CDC-funded project to investigate emerging SARS-CoV-2 variants. The project combines genomic, clinical, epidemiological, and experimental data to evaluate (1) population spread, (2) intrinsic transmissibility, and (3) vaccine effectiveness & immune escape of emerging variants. The candidate would help lead the “Clinical & Epidemiological Core”, and would use routine genomic surveillance data (e.g. from the Yale SARS-CoV-2 Genomic Surveillance Initiative) to estimate variant growth, infection, and transmission rates over time and across locations (in collaboration with covidestim) and/or develop & implement a Bayesian model to estimate changing COVID-19 vaccine effectiveness using antigenic divergence. The candidate would be directly supervised by Dr. Nathan Grubaugh (project PI) and would work closely with Drs. Virginia Pitzer, Dan Weinberger, Ted Cohen, and Josh Warren from the YSPH Public Health Modeling Unit – a collaborative, interdisciplinary group of researchers from epidemiology, biostatistics, health policy and management, and ecology and evolutionary biology.

Job requirements

The ideal candidate will have:

  • PhD in a quantitative field such as (bio)statistics, epidemiology, or data science
  • strong computer programming skills
  • experience with mathematical or statistical modeling
  • good oral and written communication skills. 

Start date, duration and salary

Ideally, the candidate would be able to start between November 1, 2022 and April 1, 2023, though later start dates may be considered. The project is for 2 years, with the possibility for extension depending on funding availability. Starting salary for a postdoc is $60,000 (i.e. directly upon completing a PhD), with increases based on relevant experience. Starting salary for an Associate Research Scientists (with at least 3 years of postdoc experience) is competitive and negotiable. Salary will also include competitive benefits, and support for travel to conferences will be provided. In person, remote (within select US states), and hybrid work is available.

Working with us

Good science isn’t done in a vacuum. Our projects are primarily team-based, both within our Yale group and with our many external collaborators. We strive to create a diverse and inclusive atmosphere and bring members into our team with unique and complementary skill sets. We are flexible to the challenges in our lives (e.g. time off, remote work), try to have fun, and celebrate successes. Read more about our team here.

Yale University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. Yale values diversity among its students, staff, and faculty and strongly welcomes applications from women, persons with disabilities, protected veterans, and underrepresented minorities.

Want to join our team?!

Interested applicants should submit a curriculum vitae, a 1-2 page statement of research interests describing your qualifications, and contact information for three references to Nathan Grubaugh ([email protected]). Want to learn more, just send us an email! 




One Response

  1. Nathan Grubaugh says:

    What an awesome job opportunity – I should tell all of my friends!
    – Larry (i.e. clearly not Nathan Grubaugh)

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