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Postdoctoral Scholar, vector-borne disease ecology and global change,

Position overview

Position title: Postdoctoral Scholar in vector-borne disease ecology and global change,
Salary range: Competitive salary and benefits commensurate on experience.
Percent time: 100
Anticipated start: The initial appointment is for two Anticipated start date will be July 1, 2022
Position duration: The initial appointment is for two years

Application Window

Open date: April 19, 2022

Most recent review date: Wednesday, May 18, 2022 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, Sep 30, 2022 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 MacDonald disease ecology lab at UC Santa Barbara is recruiting a postdoctoral scholar to work on a NSF EEID funded project (DEB-2011147) investigating effects of land use change on vector-borne disease. The postdoc will be based at UC Santa Barbara’s Bren School of Environmental Science and Management and primarily work with Dr. Andrew MacDonald in the Bren School, with opportunities for interaction with faculty in disease ecology, earth systems science and data science across the campus. The postdoc will collaborate and
interact with other project PI’s based at Stanford University (Dr. Erin Mordecai – Dept. of Biology, Dr. Lisa Mandle – Natural Capital Project, and Dr. Eric Lambin – Earth System Science), and at Universidad Cayetano Heredia in Lima, Peru (Dr. Willy Lescano). The team has extensive experience in vector-borne disease ecology and epidemiology, as well as land systems science and land use and land cover change.
The overall objective of the project is to understand the successional dynamics of vector-borne diseases with changing land use, and their socio-ecological drivers, as well as to generalize beyond system-specific, descriptive case studies to mechanistic understanding and prediction of the consequences of land use decisions for infectious disease. The project is primarily focused on land use change in the Amazon basin and its impact on vector-borne disease, including dengue and other arboviruses, malaria and leishmaniasis.
The larger EEID team is using a combination of mechanistic modeling, remote sensing and earth observation coupled with statistical models, and field surveys and observations in Madre de Dios, Peru to answer questions about land use/cover change impacts on vector-borne disease risk and transmission. The MacDonald lab is primarily employing earth observation and remote sensing data, coupled with vector surveillance and human case reporting data, to model vector-borne disease risk (e.g., species distribution modeling, applying mechanistic models to data) and human disease transmission (e.g., panel data statistical models).
This is a full-time position with Dr. Andrew Macdonald as the lead PI.

The University is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through research, teaching and service as appropriate to the position.


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

Applicants must have completed all requirements for PhD (or equivalent) in Ecology, Environmental Science, or related field, except the dissertation (or equivalent) at time of application.

Additional qualifications (required at time of start)

PhD is required at time of appointment.

Preferred qualifications

-Strong background in computational and statistical approaches in ecology and environmental science.

-Experience with relevant computational, statistical, GIS and geospatial data approaches in ecology

-Background in vector-borne disease ecology and/or epidemiology.

-Strong peer reviewed publication record.

-Honors and/or awards in the field

Application Requirements

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

  • Cover Letter

Reference requirements
  • 3-5 required (contact information only)

The committee will solicit letters of recommendation for finalists using the contact information provided.

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Campus Information

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

As a condition of employment, you will be required to comply with the University of California SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Vaccination Program Policy: All Covered Individuals under the policy must provide proof of Full Vaccination or, if applicable, submit a request for Exception (based on Medical Exemption, Disability, and/or Religious Objection) or Deferral (based on pregnancy) no later than the applicable deadline. Please refer to Appendix F, Section II.C. of the policy for the deadlines applicable to new University of California employees. (Capitalized terms in this paragraph are defined in the policy.) Federal, state, or local public health directives may impose additional requirements.

Job location

Santa Barbara, CA