Research Technologist 1

Penn State University

Campus/Location:
University Park Campus
Campus City:
University Park, PA
Date Announced:
12/19/2019
Date Closing:
open until filled
Job Number:
92668
Level/Salary Band:
01 – E – Non-exempt
Work Unit:
Eberly College of Science
Department:
Biology
Full/Part Time:
Full–Time

Description

The Boni Lab in the Department of Biology at The Pennsylvania State University is recruiting highly-motivated Computational Scientists to work on several key public health questions using large-scale individual-based malaria simulations. Our lab’s research interests can be seen at http://mol.ax. Positions can begin anytime in 2020. Our lab is based at the Center for Infectious Disease Dynamics at the Pennsylvania State University (University Park Campus). The Computational Scientist will be funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s Malaria Modeling Consortium (MMC), and the research will be integrated into MMC activities that currently include five institutions: Penn State, Institute for Disease Modeling (Seattle), Oxford, Swiss Tropical Institute, and Imperial College. Some key malaria questions we will be answering include (1) how do we best implement multi-drug mass drug administration campaigns (MDA) to minimize the detrimental effects of drug resistance, (2) how do we introduce novel antimalarial drugs so that they remain effective for as long as possible, (3) what drug-resistance threats will be able to undermine the deployment of triple artemisinin-combination therapies in 2022, and (4) will the presence of partner-drug resistance in Africa allow for the easy invasion of artemisinin-resistant genotypes? The questions above are analyzed with the use of a malaria microsimulation (i.e. agent-based simulation) for which development began in 2010; the current version of the C++ source code can be found https://github.com/maciekboni/PSU-CIDD-Malaria-Simulation. Candidates are encouraged to apply if they are interested in developing applied epidemiological skills through the use of computation, simulation, and new software development. Typically requires a Bachelor's degree or higher plus one year of related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience. The position requires knowledge of the C++ programming language. The ideal candidate will have experience in one or more mathematical modeling methods. Applications must be submitted electronically. A complete application should include a cover letter detailing experience and research interests, a current CV, and contact information for three professional references. This is a fixed-term appointment funded for one year from the date of hire, with possibility of re-funding. Review of applications will begin immediately and be ongoing in 2020.

These salary bands have been established to provide salary guidelines for staff positions.

Salary Band Minimum Midpoint Maximum
A $16,584 $24,456 $32,328
B $18,240 $26,904 $35,556
C $19,728 $29,592 $39,456
D $21,708 $32,568 $43,416
E $24,312 $36,468 $48,612
F $27,228 $40,848 $54,456
G $30,012 $45,744 $61,500
H $34,188 $52,140 $70,080
I $38,988 $59,424 $79,908
J $43,716 $67,740 $91,812
K $50,712 $78,600 $106,488
L $58,836 $91,176 $123,528
M $68,232 $105,756 $143,292
N $80,508 $124,788 $169,068
O $93,492 $147,252 $201,024
P $110,340 $173,760 $237,192
Q $126,396 $199,056 $271,728
R $151,668 $238,872 $326,088