Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Modeling and Understanding of Disease Spread

Fairfax, VA
Anticipated starting salary $75k; commensurate with education and experience
Nov 03, 2021
Dec 12, 2021
Analyst, Research
Full Time
Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Modeling and Understanding of Disease Spread

The George Mason University, Department of Geography and Geoinformation Science (GGS), in the College of Science invites applications for a Postdoctoral Research Fellow position beginning Spring 2022 or earlier. The project, supported by the National Science Foundation's Evolution and Ecology of Infectious Diseases (EEID) Program, is jointly conducted by Drs. Taylor Anderson, Andreas Züfle, Dieter Pfoser, and Hamdi Kavak of GMU. The postdoc will be mentored by the project PIs in all aspects of their career development including scientific research, writing, communication, career planning, teaching and mentoring, and collaboration. The project abstract can be found using the following link: The duration of the position is one year and can be extended up to three years via one-year extensions.

George Mason University has a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff, and strongly encourages candidates to apply who will enrich Mason's academic and culturally inclusive environment.


The primary job responsibilities of this position consist of: 1) leading data-driven research to better understand and model the spread of infectious respiratory diseases, 2) publishing research papers at top-tier journals and conferences, 3) disseminating and promoting research results at relevant venues and events and 4) creating and managing a data repository of related data sources relevant to disease spread, human response to disease, mobility, and socio-demographics. The successful candidate will also supervise research assistants and interns and collaborate with fellow scholars.

Required Qualifications:

  • Ph.D. in computer science, data science, modeling, and simulation, or closely related fields;
  • Strong programming skills;
  • Strong publication record.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience in agent-based modeling or related social simulation;
  • Strong programming experience in Python or Java;
  • Experience in data mining;
  • Experience in data management and databases;
  • Geospatial analytics skills;
  • A track record that demonstrates the ability to work well with interdisciplinary research teams.

For full consideration, applicants must apply at ; complete and submit the online application; and upload a cover letter, resume, and minimum of three professional references with full contact information.

Great Careers Begin at Mason!

George Mason University is an innovative, entrepreneurial institution with national distinction in both academics and research. Mason holds a top U.S. News and World Report "Up and Coming" spot for national universities and is recognized for its global appeal and excellence in higher education.

Mason is currently the largest and most diverse university in Virginia with students and faculty from all 50 states and over 135 countries studying in over 200 degree programs at campuses in Arlington, Fairfax and Prince William, as well as at learning locations across the commonwealth. Rooted in Mason's diversity is a campus culture that is both rewarding and exciting, work that is meaningful, and opportunities to both collaborate and create.

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New hires starting after August 15, 2021, must have received at least one COVID-19 vaccination by their start date, be fully vaccinated within 45 days of their start date, and submit documentary proof unless they have an approved medical or religious exemption by their start date. For updated George Mason University COVID-19 vaccination requirements, please visit George Mason University Vaccination Requirements .

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