Postdoc Position in Mathematical Ecology/Epidemiology at Cornell University

A postdoc position is available in the laboratory of Dr. Renata Ivanek in the Department of Population Medicine and Diagnostic Sciences at Cornell University. The successful candidate will lead a project on mathematical modeling of infectious agents that transmit indirectly, through contaminated environments, such as food, water, surfaces and fomites (e.g., avian influenza viruses in birds, Escherichia coli O157:H7 in cattle, Salmonella in pigs, Vibrio cholera in humans, nosocomial infections in human or animal hospitals). The successful candidate will be expected to contribute to the design of novel modeling approaches, proposal writing, preparing manuscripts, and mentoring of junior members of Dr. Ivanek’s laboratory.

Participation in formal classroom teaching is not expected but possible for candidates with strong interest in teaching. The successful candidate must be able to work independently and as an effective member of Dr. Ivanek’s multidisciplinary collaborative team.

The preferred candidate will have (i) a PhD degree in a quantitatively oriented field such as applied mathematics or mathematical ecology/epidemiology, (ii) robust research experience in mathematical modeling of infectious diseases that includes building and analysis of deterministic and stochastic models, and (iii) good track record of publications and strong organizational, written, and oral communication skills.

Review of applications will begin immediately and the position is available as soon as a qualified applicant is identified. Application materials consist of a cover letter, CV, contact details of three referees, and a brief statement of research interests in infectious disease modeling and career goals. They should be e-mailed to Dr. Ivanek ( as a single PDF file and with "Ivanek: Open Epi Positions" written in the Subject line. Additional information may be requested from shortlisted applicants.

Dr. Ivanek’s research is in the epidemiology of infectious and foodborne diseases with the purpose of identifying new and improved approaches to protect ‘One Health’. Currently, the particular interest is in pathogens that transmit through contaminated environments. Dr. Ivanek’s computer laboratory uses a variety of epidemiologic approaches, including mathematical modeling of infectious diseases, spatial analyses, statistical modeling, risk assessments, and design and conduct of observational studies and controlled trials. Ongoing multidisciplinary collaborations integrate these epidemiologic approaches with other disciplines, including microbiology, molecular biology, horticulture, statistics, economy, geography and social science.