Mathematical Modeling of Communicable and Non-communicable Diseases

Postdoctoral Position

In a pioneering international initiative, Cornell University and Weill Cornell Medicine established the Weill Cornell Medicine - Qatar (WCM-Q) through a unique partnership with the Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development and has been in operation since 2002.

The Infectious Disease Epidemiology Group (IDEG) at WCM-Q invites applications for a postdoctoral position in the area of mathematical modelling of the epidemiological dynamics of communicable and non-communicable diseases. The position is full-time and is available for several years subject to satisfactory progress. The position is available immediately.

IDEG is a renowned research group in quantitative methods of communicable and non-communicable diseases, and is at the forefront of epidemiology research internationally. IDEG research has been published in prestigious scientific journals such as Science, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, PLOS Medicine, Lancet, Lancet Infectious Diseases, Hepatology, Clinical Infectious Diseases, and Physical Review Letters. A number of IDEG studies have had high impact in terms of understanding the epidemiology of diseases and assessing the impact of public health interventions. IDEG research work has been key in the formulation of public health policy at the national, regional, as well as international levels. Findings of IDEG research work have received global coverage in national, regional, and international mass and print media through numerous articles and news stories. More details about our research are available here

Major duties:

  • Conduct project-related research on the biomedical and behavioural aspects of the population dynamics of communicable and non-communicable diseases.
  • Develop mathematical models describing disease dynamics and the impact of interventions using deterministic models, stochastic compartmental models, and individual-based models.
  • Review and validate different approaches and existing models.
  • Publish research findings in scientific journals and present them at major medical/scientific meetings.


  • A Ph.D. degree in a quantitatively-oriented field, such as mathematical epidemiology, theoretical physics, or applied mathematics.
  • Robust research experience in mathematical modelling and building different kinds of models.
  • Experience in analytical and quantitative methods, such as deterministic and stochastic differential equations, integral equations, nonlinear dynamics, probability theory, and stochastic processes.
  • Extensive experience in scientific computing involving programming, numerical analysis, symbolic and logical analysis, Monte Carlo simulations, and computer graphics.
  • Experience in Matlab, Mathematica, Berkeley Madonna, and Microsoft Office.
  • Experience with statistical data analysis and related packages, such as SPSS and R.

WCM-Q is located in Education City, among other American universities, in Doha, Qatar, which is a rapidly growing research hub. The WCM-Q research program offers a collaborative, multidisciplinary team environment, endowed with a comprehensive support infrastructure. Details regarding the WCM-Q research program and facilities can be accessed at Research.

The stipend offered is commensurate with experience. Fully furnished housing and transportation allowance are also provided, if eligible.

Qualified applicants are invited to submit a letter of application, outlining their interest in the position, along with their curriculum vitae, which should include the names and contact details of three referees, to

Please note that due to the high volume of applications, only short-listed candidates will be contacted. The Search Committee will begin reviewing applications immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

For more information please send an email to Ms. Adona Canlas at

Weill Cornell Medical College is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EEO/AA/M/F/H/V)