Tuesday, March 3, 2015

[DMANET] Post-doc fellowship: Modeling the spread of infectious diseases through transport networks and human mobility

*Post-doc fellowship: Modeling the spread of infectious diseases through
transport networks and human mobility *at The University of New South
Wales *(posted

A one year post-doc fellowship starting in 2015, with a possibility of
extension is available for a suitably qualified candidate to work on the
topic of the spread of infectious diseases. The research will focus on the
development of optimization based network models for predicting outbreak
behaviour, and developing control measures. The researcher will be part of
a multidisciplinary research team which includes the School of Civil and
Environmental Engineering and the School of Public Health and Community

The role: this study is motivated by the need to track viruses through
space and time in order to understand outbreak behaviour of emerging
infectious diseases, and aid in the implementation of real-time containment
strategies. Most epidemiologic models are not able to reconstruct the
contagion process of an ongoing outbreak to reveal information about the
current state of the network. Thus, there exists a gap in the literature
which calls for scenario specific disease prediction models. Recent
advances in social and activity based travel modelling and real time case
reporting offer invaluable information which can be utilized during
outbreaks to track the infection process. As such, it is critical to
develop methods which can exploit this data in aiding the prevention and
mitigation of contagion episodes.

The person: we are seeking an applicant with a background in mathematics,
physics, complex systems, engineering or a related field with a
quantitative background in network modelling and optimization.

Contact: If you are interested in this position or would like additional
information, please contact Dr. Lauren Gardner on l.gardner@unsw.edu.au

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