One postdoctoral position in mathematical/statistical modelling of infectious diseases at Institut Pasteur, Paris

The Mathematical Modelling of Infectious Diseases Unit at Institut Pasteur is directed by Dr Simon Cauchemez was created in November 2013.

The research focus of the Unit is to develop state-of-the-art mathematical and statistical methods to tackle the many challenges epidemiologists and microbiologists face when analysing infectious disease data.

Our primary focus is the study of epidemics and outbreaks (for example, the emergence of chikungunya in the Caribbean, of MERS-CoV in the Middle East or of Ebola in West Africa). We aim to better understand how pathogens spread in human populations with a view to support policy making and optimize control strategies. These analyses benefit from a strong network of collaborators in the field (in particular within the large International Network of Pasteur Institutes) but also of strong connections with other excellence Centers in the field of mathematical modelling. Our secondary objective is to develop mathematical models that can be used to better characterize the infection process from experimental data. There is indeed a unique set of expertise and competences in microbiology at Institut Pasteur and we aim to develop innovative statistical and mathematical techniques to get more insights from the complex experimental data they generate.

Our approach is therefore highly multidisciplinary, looking at infectious diseases through multiple perspectives (epidemiology, surveillance, Public Health, policy making, microbiology), multiple scales and multiple data streams.

Job description

Dr Cauchemez is seeking one postdoc to work on a portfolio of research projects. The portfolio includes the development of mathematical and statistical models to analyse epidemic data with complex spatiotemporal structures and with applications to the chikungunuya epidemic in the Caribbean, Ebola outbreak in West Africa and dengue epidemics in South East Asia and in South America; but also the development of models to characterize within-host spatiotemporal dynamics of invasive bacterial disease with experimental data from animal models. The exact projects the successful applicant will undertake will be determined in discussion with Dr Cauchemez, taking into account the applicants’ interests and experience.

The position is for 2 years (1 year contract + extension). The annual gross salary is 31,356 €.

Interested candidates should contact Dr Simon Cauchemez ( with a CV, statement of interest and references. The deadline for applications is 31 August 2014.

Location: Mathematical Modelling of Infectious Diseases Unit, Institut Pasteur, 28 rue du Docteur Roux, 75724 Paris Cedex 15, France.

Person specification:

  • Research experience of working with mathematical and/or statistical models.
  • An interest in infectious disease epidemiology.
  • Ability to collate and analyse data, interpret and present results to a high standard using a range of specialised research techniques.
  • Programming in C, C++ or Java.
  • Knowledge of a statistical programming language (preferably R).
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Experience in communicating research findings to a non-specialist audience.
  • Ability to work independently but also as part of a larger interdisciplinary research team.
  • PhD in one of the following areas: infectious disease epidemiology, mathematics, statistics, physics, computer science, population biology or a similarly quantitative discipline.
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