Last updated November 26, 2021
The Cobey Lab is currently seeking several computational postdocs and PhD-level computational research scientists (as potentially permanent staff) to study the development of immunity to influenza and SARS-CoV-2 after infection and vaccination, the effects of this immunity on viral transmission and evolution, and methods to forecast viral evolution and epidemiology. Additionally, we seek a full stack software developer to help run the new CEIRR Computational Modeling Core. Researchers will work closely with our collaborators in immunology, virology, and epidemiology and will have ample opportunities to develop new methods and theory and propose new projects. These positions involve leadership opportunities and some great collaborations:
All of this work supports our lab's central questions: How does immune selection shape pathogen populations, and what does this imply for vaccination strategies? Generally, we are interested in developing predictive models or identifying the limits of prediction. Some of our work is not "applied," e.g., we are also studying how pathogens have shaped the evolution of adaptive immunity and the resulting evolutionary constraints on the B cell response.
Please see our lab handbook for information on lab culture and expectations. Remote working arrangements are possible. We pay a competitive salary and especially welcome members of underrepresented groups.
Successful applicants for the research positions will have strong quantitative skills and a record of productive research. Researchers will have a PhD in a relevant field (e.g., applied math, computer science, ecology and evolution, epidemiology, physics, statistics) or will be on track to obtain one before joining the lab. A PhD is not necessary for the software developer, but commitment to learning relevant science is expected. Applicants for both positions must have strong written and oral communication skills and commitment to working as part of a constructive, productive, multidisciplinary team.
To apply for a postdoctoral position, please email a cover letter describing your relevant background and interests, CV, contact information for three references, and two or three relevant publications/preprints to Sarah Cobey at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To apply as a computational research scientist, please follow the instructions here, and (to avoid notifications being missed) please send me an email.
To apply as a software developer, please apply here (and please send me a separate email so I can be sure not to miss it!).
Application review will continue until the positions are filled.