PhD Student (gn) (focus mathematical modelling of infectious diseases)

Clinical Epidemiology Unit at the Institute of Epidemiology and Social Medicine

The Clinical Epidemiology Unit at the Institute of Epidemiology and Social Medicine of the University of Münster is offering a position, initially limited to 3 years, starting as soon as possible as a

PhD Student (gn*) (focus mathematical modelling of infectious diseases)
Ref.: 05922

Part-Time with 65%
Salary according to TV-L E13

(*gn=gender neutral)

The Clinical Epidemiology Unit uses and develops modern statistical and mathematical methods for the analysis of primary and secondary data. A particular focus of the Unit is the application of dynamic mathematical modelling approaches to simulate the spread of infectious agents in human populations. The Unit is looking for a PhD student for the project “EpiAdaptDiag: Adaptive (seamless) designs for real-time evaluation of diagnostic tests and their usefulness for the parameterisation of dynamic infection spread models in epidemic and pandemic settings”, which is funded by the DFG (German Research Foundation).

The position:

  • Involves the development of modelling platforms of different complexity using the current SARS-CoV-2 pandemic as an example
  • Involves the design of a framework that will enable a combined development of diagnostic tests and dynamic models (together with the project partners)
  • Will add key evidence to a crucial and up-to-date research topic
  • Includes the collaboration with external scientists as well as public health authorities
  • Will lead high-quality peer-reviewed manuscripts in international journals

What we expect:

  • Master’s degree in Epidemiology, Biostatistics, Mathematics, Physics or a related discipline
  • Experience in infectious disease epidemiology and/or in mathematical modelling
  • Good programming skills in relevant programming languages (e.g. R, Python)
  • Knowledge of statistical and epidemiological methods
  • An analytical and structured way of working, good team and communication skills, as well as a sense of responsibility and quality awareness
  • Excellent English language skills. Excellent German language skills will be advantageous

What we offer:

  • Full dedication to the PhD project in a structured or unstructured PhD program (own choice)
  • Support for further personal training not directly related to the project (e.g. structured development of leadership competencies)
  • An interesting and versatile workplace with challenging and exciting tasks and projects
  • Training and work in a multidisciplinary and committed research team

For more information, please contact Prof. Dr. André Karch (akarch(at)­uni-muenster(dot)­de).

Formal applications including may be sent until 26.05.2021 to Personalgewinnung des Universitätsklinikums Münster, Bewerbermanagement, Domagkstraße 5, 48149 Münster or via email to: bewerbung(at)­ukmuenster(dot)­de.

Applications from female candidates are particularly encouraged. In the case of equal qualifications, competence and specific achievements, women will be considered on preferential terms within the framework of the legal possibilities unless reasons specific to an individual male candidate predominate. Candidates with recognised disabilities possessing equal qualifications will be given preference.

The University Hospital of Münster encompasses clinics and polyclinics as well as institutes specializing in research, training and in- as well as outpatient care. More than 8000 employees work in the different departments and institutes of the University Hospital. With 1500 beds, it is one of the largest university hospitals in Germany, providing the highest level of medical care.



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