Research Assistant/Postdoctoral Researcher in Computer Science and Simulation
Insight2 SFI Project: Updating Complex Systems Models in Dynamic Environments
School of Computer Science and Insight Centre for Data Analytics
College of Science and Engineering
Ref. NUIG 102-19
Applications are invited from suitably qualified candidates for a full-time, fixed term position as a Research Engineer with the School of Computer Science and the Insight Centre for Data Analytics at the National University of Ireland Galway.
This one-year position is funded by the Science Foundation Ireland, and is available from August 2018 to contract end date of July 2019.
Infectious disease modelling has traditionally analyzed data after events occur, to inform on possible future transmission. However, with improvements in the speed and quality of health data collection, it is now feasible to conduct real-time quantitative situational assessments and, therefore, model the likely course of an emerging epidemic. This research aims to enhance the process of predicting disease outbreaks through the development of a predictive analytics testbed informed by three components: (1) Population Synthesis, involving the generation of individual population data based on census information, and anonymised individual data; (2) Learning algorithms, which will provide a mechanism to calibrate compartmental models based on real-time data; and, (3) Compartmental SEIR models, which capture core disease transmission dynamics and contacts between population cohorts, informed by published contact tracing patterns.
The successful candidate will design and develop the testbed, based on system dynamics models of disease transmission, and calibrate these models using public health data sets.
Duties: The successful candidate will do be responsible for a range of project tasks, including:
- Build and validate system dynamics models of infectious disease spread.
- Implement population synthesis algorithms, in order to accurately represent individuals across spatial areas.
- User interface design and validation with potential end-users in the public health area
- Preparation and submission of journal articles to high-impact publication outlets.
- Ph.D. in Computer Science / Simulation or related area, or B.Sc/MSc in Computer Science with a further 18-24 months experience as a software engineer.
- Excellent knowledge of system dynamics modelling, with knowledge of modelling infectious diseases, model calibration techniques, and generation of synthetic data.
- Evidence of excellent programming, data analytics and modelling skills, and familiarity with languages such as R, and visualisation tools including D3 and ggplot2
- Experience of working on real-world modelling applications, ideally in the area of public health and a knowledge of key infectious diseases models (SIR, SEIR, Compartmental).
- Knowledge of public health systems
- Experience of web-based platforms such as NodeJS
- Data analytics and machine learning skills (e.g. dplyr, tidyr, caret, etc).
Employment permit restrictions apply for this category of post if appointed at the level of Research Assistant.
Salary range: €37,223 – €48,208 per annum – Postdoctoral Researcher level
€22,110 – €34,612 per annum – Research Assistant level
Start date: Position is available from August 2019.
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Closing date for receipt of applications is 5.00 pm Friday, 28th June 2019
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