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Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Recruitment Period

Open date: March 31st, 2020

Last review date: Monday, Apr 27, 2020 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.

Final date: Thursday, Dec 31, 2020 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.


Applications are invited for a postdoctoral fellowship in substance use and associated health harms, including HIV, HCV and overdose, in the Division of Infectious Diseases and Global Public Health (IDGPH) at the University of California San Diego (

Drug use epidemics are fast-evolving and our public health response often lags far behind. In 2017 alone, over 70,000 people died of an overdose in the United States and drug use associated HIV outbreaks were identified. Technological advances have led to an explosion in the emergence of powerful synthetic substances and improved transport and communication infrastructure facilitates the emergence of drug markets. Inequalities, poor mental health services and other social issues contribute to an increased susceptibility to drug use disorders.

The project will focus on enhancing public health preparedness to emerging drug use epidemics in the United States. Broadly, the goal is to develop dynamic models to predict the risk and spread of emerging drug use epidemics and associated health harms in the United States. The models will build on knowledge of individual and community susceptibility to emerging drug use epidemics, and use routine survey data from a range of sources, as well as real time data on changing drug use and market patterns obtained from internet data sources.

Applicants must have a PhD in a relevant discipline (applied mathematics, epidemiology, engineering, statistics and related fields) and be proficient in Matlab, R or C++.

Scholars will benefit from biweekly seminars and trainee sessions on substance use, HIV and related infections, journal clubs, and NIH grant writing circles. The team at the IDGPH division is highly interdisciplinary and offers opportunities for collaboration with epidemiologists, clinicians, statisticians, policymakers, legal experts and public health researchers.

The initial appointment will be for one year, with option for renewal for up to three additional years based on performance. Salary will be commensurate with qualification and experience and include travel to conferences and funding for relevant courses.

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Applicants should submit a cover letter, their CV, and at least two names of potential referees.

Salary is commensurate with qualifications and based on published University of California pay scales. Applications must be submitted to the UCSD on-line application collection system, AP-On-Line Recruit, at:

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or status as a protected veteran.

Job location

La Jolla, CA


Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Cover Letter

  • Misc / Additional (Optional)

  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity - Applicants should summarize their past or potential contributions to diversity. See our Faculty Equity site for more information.

Reference requirements
  • 2-5 required (contact information only)