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Position TitlePostdoc Postdoc in simulation modeling

Company Information

A postdoc position is available in the laboratory of Dr. Renata Ivanek in the Department of Population Medicine and Diagnostic Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine, Cornell University, to work on decision support tools for the food production chain. Dr. Ivanek’s research is in modeling and epidemiology of infectious and foodborne diseases. Ongoing projects in her computer lab include modeling of pathogens in complex, built environments, such as food companies and hospitals; simulation-based decision support tools; modeling of antibiotic resistance in livestock; studies of perceptions about antibiotic resistance and antibiotic use among general public, farmers and veterinarians; modeling human influenza and opioid use dynamics; modeling and risk assessment of human exposure to Listeria monocytogenes; and intervention and experimental trials to control food borne pathogens in produce growing fields.

Duties and Responsibilities

The successful candidate will be expected to develop a simulation model of food and microorganism dynamics along the food production chain to predict food spoilage and shelf life and identify interventions that could reduce food waste.

Position Qualifications

The preferred candidate will have (i) a PhD degree in a quantitatively oriented field such as applied mathematics, computer science, statistics, or epidemiology, (ii) robust research experience in simulation modeling, mathematical modeling, statistical analysis, and mathematical optimization, (iii) experience with modeling software, including R, and (iv) good track record of publications and strong organizational, written, and oral communication skills. The successful candidate must be able to work independently and as an effective member of a multidisciplinary collaborative team.