Postdoctoral Researcher in Climate Effects on Disease Ecology

A postdoctoral position is available in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Cornell University. This position is funded by a new award from the Cornell Center for Sustainable Future for research on climate effects on disease dynamics in three parallel systems: sea corals, amphibian populations, and mosquito-borne diseases.
Primary responsibilities of the postdoctoral researcher include 1) developing spatial and descriptive models of disease dynamics based on current datasets available for each system, and working collaboratively with climate specialists and biologists to create a climate-based forecasting tool, 2) analyzing results and writing manuscripts, 3) contributing to preparation of grant proposals for future work, and 4) coordinating projects and collaborations with other members of Cornell’s ecology and evolution of infectious disease community.
To qualify, applicants should have a Ph.D. in ecology, epidemiology, or related biological field, demonstration of strong quantitative modeling and writing skills, a record of consistent and high-quality publications, and the ability to work independently and collaboratively. Preference will be given to applicants who have an understanding of ecological and population processes necessary for modeling of disease dynamics, as well as previous experience with statistical data analysis and modeling in the context of disease ecology.
Starting salary will be competitive and commensurate with previous experience/expertise; position includes Cornell University Contract College benefits. Funds are available for one year and renewable pending satisfactory progress. The position is available starting March 1, 2009; starting date is negotiable. Review of applications will begin January 1, 2009 and continue until a suitable candidate is found.
To apply, please send a cover letter, CV, statement of research interests/experiences, and names and contact information for three references who are familiar with your work. Inquiries and applications (PDF format preferred) should be e-mailed to Dr. Drew Harvell (, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY-14853-2701.
Cornell University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action educator and employer. Applications from women and minorities are encouraged.