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Emory Healthcare/Emory University Academic Research Scientist in Atlanta, Georgia

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The research groups of Drs. Samuel Jenness (EpiModel Research Lab), Ben Lopman, and Kristin Nelson are seeking an Academic Research Scientist to work on several studies in the domain of vaccines and respiratory and sexually transmitted infectious disease epidemiology, funded by the National Institutes of Health, Centers for Disease Control, and Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. These studies include: 1) EpiModel 2.0, an NIH-funded study to support the development of the EpiModel software platform that specializes in modeling infectious disease dynamics across explicitly represented temporal contact networks; 2) CorporateMix, a CDC-funded study of social mixing patterns in corporate office settings to support the development of epidemic models of disease transmission; 3) GlobalMix, an NIH-funded study of social mixing data from urban and rural populations in four low/middle income countries to support the development of epidemic models of disease transmission; 4) SWANSS, a Gates Foundation funded study to guide public health interventions within correctional (jail and prison) settings; 5) PAVE – a new initiative to develop a vaccine epidemiology center at Emory and RSPH.


  • The Academic Research Scientist functions as a highly skilled contributor/researcher and has significant authorship on publications and advanced knowledge and expertise of laboratory and experimental platforms necessary to advance basic and/or translational research programs.

  • Staff Scientists will have leadership responsibilities, and will oversee quality and training of other team members.

  • Duties include designing, developing and conducting research experiments.

  • Will have expert knowledge and skills specific to the related program and advanced knowledge of methods of analyzing data from experimental platforms.

  • May assist in grant and other funding applications as necessary and appropriate, or with approval of the responsible faculty director, may have their own research projects and/or have full responsibilities for specific areas of a program.

  • With approval of the leading Emory faculty member a Scientist may be the principal investigator on grant proposals.

  • Performs other responsibilities as required.


  • PhD or MD and ten years of professional level experience OR Master's degree and fifteen years of professional level experience in a technical or research lab.

  • Laboratory experience will be based on area of assignment.

  • Internship experience or experience prior to attaining the qualifying degree is not considered eligible work experience for this job classification.

  • NOTE: Applicants applying with a M.D. or equivalent degree must be eligible for a Georgia medical license to meet the minimum qualifications.


  • A MD/DVM/PhD plus experience or MPH in Epidemiology, Biostatistics or other relevant quantitative field.

  • Excellent scientific writing ability, strong oral communication skills.

  • Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to foster a good working relationship with others on the team and collaborators.

  • Experience with programming in the R computing language and infectious disease epidemiology.

  • Expertise in data management and analysis using R or another statistical software.

  • Demonstrated interest and experience in scientific software development, using common development tools and approaches (e.g., version control with Github)

  • Experience with transmission modeling, mathematical epidemiology, statistics for infectious diseases, and multi-scale disease modeling

  • Experience in analysis and interpretation of laboratory data (serological, molecular testing) to infer disease transmission patterns

  • Experience and interest in infectious disease dynamics of respiratory and/or sexually transmitted diseases, vaccines, surveillance, or global health

NOTE: This role will be granted the opportunity to work from home temporarily during the COVID-19 pandemic, with intent to return to an Emory University location in the future. Emory reserves the right to change remote work status with notice to employee.

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Job Number 81434

Job Type Regular Full-Time

Division School Of Public Health

Department SPH: Epidemiology

This position may involve the following Health and Safety issues: Not Applicable

Job Category Laboratory

Campus Location (For Posting) : City Atlanta

Location : Name Emory Campus-Clifton Corridor