Post Doctoral Associate, Civil Engineering & Community Health Sciences

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University of Calgary

Post Doctoral Associate, Civil Engineering & Community Health Sciences

Job ID: 28335

Updated: Today

Location: Main Campus

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Position Description

Area: COVID-19 Pandemic Modelling via a Granular Approach

Duration: One year, with possibility of renewal

Start Date: Immediate

Salary: $50,000 CAD per year, plus Alberta Blue Cross Plan C Health Insurance benefits

The Department of Civil Engineering in the Schulich School of Engineering and the Department of Community Health Sciences in the Cumming School of Medicine at the University of Calgary are accepting applications for a Postdoctoral Scholar in the development of a novel agent-based granular model of the COVID-19 pandemic in a heterogenous population. A multi-scale mechanistic approach is used that embeds detailed characteristics of viral spread and individual interactions. This work is being conducted in collaboration with INRAE Aix-Marseilles and Université Savoie Mont Blanc in France.

Job Description:
The research project will focus on calibrating the model that is currently being developed, while also interfacing with a highly interdisciplinary team across the fields of epidemiology, virology, bioinformatics, sociology, economy, psychology, and community health. The work will involve gathering and analyzing data pertaining to social demographics and socio-cultural factors, including viral and epidemiological aspects. A main source of this data will be compiled from the Centre for Health Informatics (CHI) at the University of Calgary, medical and social psychology journals as well as France’s Disease Institute (INSERM). Both the CHI and INSERM have a rich database of information collected over three years of the COVID-19 pandemic pertaining to disease, demographics, socio-cultural and other more subtle facets. The data can then be analyzed statistically and through machine learning tools to derive the parameters that govern the population dynamics in the granular model. Prototype populations from both Canada and France will be ultimately simulated to study the emergence of complex patterns arising from the collective interactions of individuals with heterogenous backgrounds.

The postdoc candidate is expected to have a strong background in computational mechanics with one or more of the following skills:

  • Materials modelling
  • Discrete element modelling
  • Molecular dynamics
  • Mathematical physics
  • Complex systems
  • Biological modelling
  • Statistical methods
  • Big data
  • Machine learning
  • Knowledge in C/C++
  • Python programming language
  • Linux
  • High-Performance Computing Environments.

Application details:
Interested candidates are requested to send as a single .pdf document on or before April 14 at 11:59 PM MDT via email to Dr. Richard Wan at [email protected]

Your application must include: (i) a cover letter describing your suitability and motivation for the role, including a summary of research experiences and related skills, (ii) a current curriculum vitae (CV), and (iii) a recent publication list of ISI journal papers.

Additional Information

To learn more about postdoctoral scholar opportunities at the University of Calgary and all we have to offer, view our Postdoc Careers website . For more information visit Careers in the Schulich School of Engineering .

The University strongly recommends all faculty and staff are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

About the University of Calgary

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