Postdoctoral Scholar/Pediatrics - Infectious Diseases

University of Tennessee Heal Science Center

Memphis, TN

Job posting number: #7108127

Posted: August 15, 2022

Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

A Postdoctoral Scholar position is available in the laboratory of Dr. Amber Smith in the Department of Pediatrics at University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC). The successful applicant will work with Dr. Amber Smith to develop and analyze mathematical models of the immune response and treatment of pathogenic infections and coinfections. The Smith lab is a combined dry/wet laboratory and has the unique ability to generate robust data sets to train and validate the models and predictions.

The successful applicant will collaborate with computational biologists, virologists, bacteriologists, immunologists, and clinicians within the Smith Lab, across UTHSC, and at neighboring St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. He/she will develop and analyze dynamical infection models, use parameter estimation to investigate experimental kinetic data, design new experiments, and generate new hypotheses about infection biology. Publishing in high quality journals and submitting grants will be expected.


Ph.D. in Mathematics, Computer Science, Statistics, Physics, Engineering, or a related field
Previous experience in modeling viral, bacterial, fungal, and/or parasitic infections, and/or immune response dynamics is preferred
Experience with parameter estimation techniques and data-driven modeling
Proficient programming skills in Python, Matlab, and/or R
Excellent oral and written communication skills, and the ability to work well in a fast-paced, collaborative, medically focused research environment are also required.
Experience and willingness to work closely with experimental collaborators and design experiments are also highly desired. The positions require independent, career-focused, and creative individuals.

Application Instructions: Please include a single PDF with a brief statement of research interests, CV, and contact information for three references with Taleo submission.

Salary will be commensurate with relevant experience and is competitive for postdoctoral research fellows. The position includes an excellent benefits package.

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