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The University of Turku is a world-class multidisciplinary research university which offers interesting challenges and a unique vantage point to national and international research and education.
University of Turku, Faculty of Science, Department of Biology, invites applications for

POSTDOCTORAL RESEARCHER (Historic Epidemiology)

Appointment Specification

Applications are hereby invited for the fixed-term position of Postdoctoral researcher (Historic Epidemiology) at the University of Turku, in the Faculty of Science, the Department of Biology, the Ecology Division.
Fixed-term position begins as soon as possible and in 24 months is due to completing the tasks relating to the NORDEMICS project funded by NordForsk (2021-2024) and coordinated at the Department of Biology, the Ecology Division.
The working place is in the Lummaa Group (https://human-life-history.science/) and the postdoctoral position is embedded in an interdisciplinary network of epidemiologists, ecologists and social scientists with Prof. Lone Simonsen at Roskilde University (Denmark), with Prof. Nils Chr. Stenseth at the University of Oslo (Norway) and with Prof. Tommy Bengtson at Lund University (Sweden).
A six (6) month trial period applies to the position.

The duties

The duties of the Postdoctoral researcher include a) collecting and validating historical demographic and epidemiological records, b) analysis of the socio-demographic and environmental factors that affect the epidemic dynamics of childhood infections in historical populations, c) statistical quantification of epidemic dynamics of childhood infections, d) mathematical modelling of epidemic dynamics using SIR models and e) writing up and presenting results for scientific journals and at interdisciplinary scientific meetings. The tasks will be specified together with the department staff.
A maximum of 10 % teaching duties (lectures and supervising undergraduate and graduate students) is included in working time of the position without separate compensation.

A good applicant for this post has:

  • experience with collecting and validating historical data
  • experience with advanced statistical methods such as generalized linear and additive models, wavelet and travelling waves analyses
  • experience with and enthusiasm for epidemiological modelling such as S(E)IR models
  • excellent computer and (R-)coding skills
  • enthusiasm and ability for interdisciplinary research that covers biology, epidemiology, historical and social sciences
  • excellent academic writing and communication skills in English
  • excellent collaboration skills in a vast interdisciplinary research network across the Nordic countries, Europe and the United States.

 Formal qualifications

A person selected for the post must possess a doctoral degree in Biology, Epidemiology or related discipline with the above-described qualifications. Persons appointed must have successfully completed their doctoral degree by the end of the application period.

Salary

The salary for the post is determined in accordance with the university salary system for teaching and research personnel. The task specific salary component for the postdoctoral researcher is 3 000,49 euros per month (according to level 5 of the job demands chart). In addition, a personal work performance component will be paid. The personal work performance component is 6-50% of the task specific salary component. Salary for this position will be in between 3180,52 – 3510,57€. 

Applications

Applications are submitted to the Faculty of Science. Applications must include:
1) A curriculum vitae
2) An academic portfolio in accordance with the university practice https://www.utu.fi/en/university/come-work-with-us/academic-portfolio
3) A list of the applicant’s scientific publications
4) Motivation letter
5) Other documents that can be relevant for filling the post
Applications must be submitted by Monday 27th of September 2021 (23:59 Finnish time), using the electronic application form of the University of Turku on the following address: https://www.utu.fi/en/university/come-work-with-us/open-vacancies
The link to the application system is at the beginning of this announcement (Apply for the job: https://rekry.saima.fi/certiahome/application_edit_welcome.html?field_id=0&job_name=Postdoctoral+researcher+%28Historic+Epidemiology%29&job_id=11745&jc=14&lang=en&place_id=270&did=5600 ).

Enquiries

For the position, please contact Professor Virpi Lummaa, email: virpi.lummaa(at)gmail.com or Dr. Michael Briga, email: michbriga(at)gmail.com
For questions related to the application process, contact HR specialist Kaisa Ketomäki (kaisa.ketomaki(at)utu.fi).

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