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Postdoctoral Researcher in the Division of Infectious Diseases and Global Public Health

Position overview

Position title: Postdoctoral Researcher
Salary range: DOE

Application Window

Open date: July 14th, 2021

Last review date: Tuesday, Nov 30, 2021 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: Monday, Feb 28, 2022 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.

Position description

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 (

Substance use epidemics are fast-evolving, and our public health response often lags far behind. In 2020 alone, over 80,000 people died of an overdose in the United States and substance use associated HIV outbreaks are ongoing. The introduction of potent synthetic substances to drug markets across the country, the limited availability of mental health and drug treatment services and pervasive social issues including systemic racism, unemployment and unstable housing contribute to an increased risk of substance use epidemics. Many of these factors have been exacerbated during the COVID-19 pandemic increasing the need for preemptive public health responses.

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

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 two 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.


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

Applicants must have a strong interest in substance use and a PhD in a relevant discipline (mathematical modeling, epidemiology, statistics and related fields) and be proficient in Matlab, R or C++.

Application Requirements

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

  • Cover Letter (Optional)

  • Statement of Research (Optional)

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

  • Misc / Additional (Optional)

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

The University of California, San Diego is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer advancing inclusive excellence. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, covered veteran status, or other protected categories covered by the UC nondiscrimination policy.

As a condition of employment, you will be required to comply with the University of California SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Vaccination Program Policy. All Covered Individuals under the policy must provide proof of Full Vaccination or, if applicable, submit a request for Exception (based on Medical Exemption, Disability, and/or Religious Objection) or Deferral (based on pregnancy) no later than the applicable deadline. For new University of California employees, the applicable deadline is eight weeks after their first date of employment.

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Job location

La Jolla, CA