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Postdoctoral Scholar - Design and Analysis of Vector Control Efficacy Trials

Position overview

Salary range: The posted UC salary scales (https://www.ucop.edu/academic-personnel-programs/compensation/index.html) set the minimum pay determined by rank and/or step at appointment. See Table 23: Postdoctoral Scholar-Employee, Postdoctoral Scholar-Fellow, Postdoctoral Scholar-Paid Direct, Fiscal Year. The salary range for this position is $76,000-$86,000. “Off-scale salaries”, i.e., a salary that is higher than the published system-wide salary at the designated rank and step, are offered when necessary to meet competitive conditions, qualifications, and experience.

Application Window

Open date: February 17, 2023

Most recent review date: Friday, Mar 3, 2023 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.

Final date: Friday, May 26, 2023 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.

Position description

The Pacific Southwest Center of Excellence in Vector-Borne Diseases seeks a postdoctoral scholar to develop study designs and analyze data from trials to evaluate the efficacy of vector control and other interventions to reduce vector biting and vector-borne disease burden in the U.S. This position will provide rich opportunities for collaboration with public health and vector control partners in the PacVec region. Responsibilities will include (1) designing rigorous field trials to evaluate existing and novel vector control strategies, (2) working with partner agencies to implement trials under real-world operational conditions, (3) performing statistical analyses to estimate and compare efficacy of tested approaches, and (4) writing manuscripts describing findings.

The position will offer many opportunities to interact with the broad community of researchers in vector-borne diseases at UC Davis and elsewhere. UC Davis regularly ranks in the top 5% of U.S. public universities in research funding, and the location of the campus offers great weather, easy access to the urban areas of Sacramento and the San Francisco Bay, as well as numerous recreational opportunities from the Pacific Ocean to the Sierra Nevada Mountains.

Qualifications: Ph.D. in applied entomology, biostatistics, or a related field, with training and experience in field trial design, sampling strategies, and statistical analysis. Prior knowledge of arthropod vectors or vector-borne diseases is useful but not essential, and individuals from any discipline relevant to the design of field trials to assess interventions (e.g., public health, medical or agricultural entomology, plant pathology, etc.) are encouraged to apply. Excellent verbal and written communication skills are required. Demonstrated proficiency with manipulation of diverse data formats, definition of study designs (e.g., designing sampling plans and calculating sample size or power), and statistical data analysis is required. Applicants should be highly motivated, able to perform independent research with minimal supervision, and have publications in internationally recognized English-language journals. Preferred skills include proficiency with GIS software, spatial analysis, and computer programming (e.g., R, Python, or SAS).

Qualifications

Basic qualifications (required at time of application)
  • Ph.D. in applied entomology, biostatistics, or a related field, with training and experience in field trial design, sampling strategies, and statistical analysis
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Demonstrated proficiency with manipulation of diverse data formats, definition of study designs (e.g., designing sampling plans and calculating sample size or power), and statistical data analysis
  • Applicants should be highly motivated, able to perform independent research with minimal supervision, and have publications in internationally recognized English-language journals
Preferred qualifications
  • Prior knowledge of arthropod vectors or vector-borne diseases is useful but not essential, and individuals from any discipline relevant to the design of field trials to assess interventions (e.g., public health, medical or agricultural entomology, plant pathology, etc.) are encouraged to apply
  • Proficiency with GIS software, spatial analysis, and computer programming (e.g., R, Python, or SAS).

Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Cover Letter - state qualifications and career goals

  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion - Contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion documented in the application file will be used to evaluate applicants. Visit https://academicaffairs.ucdavis.edu/faculty-equity-and-inclusion for guidelines about writing a statement and why one is requested.
    (Optional)

Reference requirements
  • 3-5 required (contact information only)
Apply link: https://recruit.ucdavis.edu/JPF05531

Help contact: cmbarker@ucdavis.edu

Campus Information

UC Davis is a smoke and tobacco-free campus (http://breathefree.ucdavis.edu/).

We are an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer, and particularly encourage applications from members of historically underrepresented racial/ethnic groups, women, individuals’ with disabilities, veterans, LGBTQ community members, and others who demonstrate the ability to help us achieve our vision of a diverse and inclusive community. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see: http://policy.ucop.edu/doc/4000376/NondiscrimAffirmAct

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Job location

Davis, CA