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Senior Research Associate - Drake Lab

Company: The University of Georgia
Location: Athens
Posted on: November 14, 2020

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Posting NumberS05069PWorking TitleSenior Research Associate - Drake LabDepartmentEcology Dean's OfficeAbout the University of Georgia The University of Georgia (UGA), a land-grant and sea-grant university with statewide commitments and responsibilities is the state’s oldest, most comprehensive, and most diversified institution of higher education ( ). UGA is currently ranked among the top 20 public universities in U.S. News & World Report. The University’s main campus is located in Athens, approximately 65 miles northeast of Atlanta, with extended campuses in Atlanta, Griffin, Gwinnett, and Tifton. UGA was founded in 1785 by the Georgia General Assembly as the first state-chartered University in the country. UGA employs approximately 1,800 full-time instructional faculty and more than 7,600 full-time staff. The University’s enrollment exceeds 36,000 students including over 27,500 undergraduates and over 8,500 graduate and professional students. Academic programs reside in 17 schools and colleges, as well as a medical partnership with Augusta University housed on the UGA Health Sciences Campus in Athens.

About the College/Unit/DepartmentCollege/Unit/Department websitePosting TypeExternalRetirement PlanTRS or ORPEmployment TypeEmployeeBenefits EligibilityBenefits EligibleFull/Part timeFull TimeWork ScheduleAdditional Schedule Information Monday-Friday, 8am – 5pm

Advertised Salary$75,000Posting Date07/29/2020Open until filledYesClosing DateProposed Starting Date08/01/2020Special Instructions to ApplicantsLocation of VacancyAthens Area EEO Policy Statement The University of Georgia is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, genetic information, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation or protected veteran status. Persons needing accommodations or assistance with the accessibility of materials related to this search are encouraged to contact Central HR (

Classification TitleResearch Professional ADFLSAExemptJob FamilyFTE1.00Minimum Qualifications Requires at least a baccalaureate degree in the field. Please contact your Human Resources office for an evaluation of education/experience in lieu of the required minimum qualifications.

Preferred QualificationsPosition Summary Position will contribute to ongoing work in the Drake lab focusing on the ecology of emerging pathogen transmission and spread. Specifically, this position will focus on the novel coronavirus and the disease it causes, COVID-19, although projects may expand to include other emerging pathogens.

This position will be expected to lead the development and execution of a quantitative research project in his/her area of expertise. Research methodology may include dynamical systems modeling, stochastic processes, simulation, computational statistics, geostatistics, and/or machine learning. This position will be expected to prepare research plans, perform research including data analysis, draft both internal and external reports on the performed research, and prepare manuscripts for publication to peer reviewed journals.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and/or Competencies Extensive experience programming in at least one language. Strong communication skills as evidenced by a track record conference presentations and publications in peer-reviewed journals. Prior experience working with stochastic and deterministic nonlinear dynamical systems.

Physical Demands Typical of someone spending most of the day at a computer. The individual will be expected to travel to/from buildings around campus as needed for meetings – primarily in the vicinity of the Odum School of Ecology. Off-campus travel for research, conferences, etc. Driving.

Is driving a responsibility of this position?YesIs this a Position of Trust?NoDoes this position have operation, access, or control of financial resources?NoDoes this position require a P-Card? NoIs having a P-Card an essential function of this position? NoDoes this position have direct interaction or care of children under the age of 18 or direct patient care?NoDoes this position have Security Access (e.g., public safety, IT security, personnel records, patient records, or access to chemicals and medications)NoCredit and P-Card policy Be advised a credit check will be required for all positions with financial responsibilities. For additional information about the credit check criteria, visit the UGA Credit Background Check website.


Duties/Responsibilities Perform independent research focusing on modeling the transmission and spread of emerging infectious diseases. Emphasis will be on SARS-CoV-2 and the COVID-19 pandemic, but could expand to include other disease systems. This position will perform mathematical analysis of dynamical systems models and will collaborate with the PI to identify and contribute to the formalization of models for the spread and containment of COVID-19. Position will be responsible for interpretation of mathematical results and will write compute code in the R language for numerical analysis, model fitting, model evaluation/validation, and data visualization.

Percentage of time75Duties/Responsibilities Position will be responsible for the dissemination of research results to both internal and external audiences, including drafting manuscripts for submission to peer-reviewed journals; giving talks at local, national, or international conferences; drafting internal reports for project collaborators; and providing content for outward-facing websites for the lab, the Center for the Ecology of Infectious Diseases (CEID), and the CEID COVID-19 working group. Position will serve in a supporting role to presentations by other investigators as directed by the supervisor or CEID Communications Director.

Percentage of time20Duties/Responsibilities Participate in lab meetings, Drake lab journal club, and lab-wide projects as needed. This could include participating in established working groups and/or providing assistance to junior researchers in the lab such as undergraduates, graduate students and postdocs.

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