Mathematical Modeling of Infectious 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. WCM-Q seeks candidates for a postdoctoral associate position in Mathematical Modeling of Infectious Diseases

The Infectious Disease Epidemiology Group (IDEG) at WCM-Q invites applications for a full-time postdoctoral position in the area of mathematical modelling of the transmission dynamics of sexually transmitted infections.

IDEG is a renowned research group in quantitative methods of infectious diseases, and is at the forefront of infectious disease research internationally. A number of our studies have had high impact in terms of understanding the epidemiology of diseases and assessing the impact of public health interventions, and we have been key in the formulation of public health policy at the national, regional, and international levels. Our work has been published in prestigious scientific journals such as Science, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, PLoS, Medicine, Lancet, Lancet Infectious Diseases, Physical Review Letters, and Science Translations Medicine. Findings of our research have received global coverage in national, regional, and international mass and print media through numerous articles and news stories.

Major duties:

  • Conduct project-related research on the biomedical and behavioural aspects of the population dynamics of HIV and other sexually transmitted infections (STIs).
  • Develop mathematical models describing HIV and other STI epidemiology and the impact of HIV and other STI 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 deterministic and individual-based models.
  • Experience in analytical and quantitative methods, including 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 Berkeley Madonna, Matlab, Mathematica, C or C++, Fortran, Microsoft Office, LaTex, and Windows.
  • Working knowledge of the biology and epidemiology of infectious diseases, especially HIV and other STIs
  • 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 a car allowance are also provided.

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 

Positions are open until filled. Please note that, due to the high volume of applications, only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

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