The Companion Animal Parasite Council (CAPC is
currently seeking a postdoctoral fellow for the newly created,
two-year *Boehringer
Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc. – CAPC Infectious Disease Postdoctoral
Fellowship*. The
postdoctoral fellow will work with the mathematical modelers Drs. Robert
Lund and Christopher McMahan at Clemson University and parasitologist Dr.
Michael Yabsley at The University of Georgia. The role of this post-doc in
our organization is to oversee, advance, and communicate CAPC vector-borne
disease modeling and forecasting efforts, including Lyme, Ehrlichiosis,
Heartworm, Anaplasmosis, and other diseases related to companion animal

This two-year post-doc fellowship is intended to extend, refine, and
enhance professional and career development skills in veterinary infectious
disease modeling and will enable the fellow to broaden his/her scientific
background via new research capabilities. Competitive candidates will have
a record of scholarship; applicants with experience in the mathematical
modeling of infectious diseases and/or the statistical analysis of large
datasets (big data) are especially desired. The postdoctoral fellow is
expected to have a strong understanding of vector-borne disease, either
from the perspective of medical practice (DVM) or basic science research
(PhD). Ideal candidates will have some statistics and modeling experience
and an interest in infectious disease modeling. Applicants with a
background in the mathematical modeling of infectious diseases and/or
population biology are strongly encouraged to apply.

The postdoctoral fellow will conduct independent scholarly research related
to CAPC=E2=80=99s disease/pathogen forecasting project and disease mapping,
participate in project planning, the procurement of new disease data, its
digitization, assessment of its reliability, the statistical analysis of
the procured data, and the interpretation and communication of any
findings. Journal publications and presentations at national meetings are
important components of this position. The fellow will be part of a disease
mapping team containing other junior lab members at Clemson University
and/or The University of Georgia.

Specifically, this fellow will:

1. Refine the proprietary CAPC forecasts, with emphasis on increasing
automation and computational speed of the current United States algorithm.

2. Initiate research to quantify the effect of preventative immunization
on the regional control of Lyme disease.

3. Speak at national veterinary meetings with the goal of providing
continuing education regarding parasite prevention and use of CAPC forecast
maps as a tool for veterinarians to become the local expert in parasite

4. Help quantify changes in the prevalence and geographic distribution
of Lyme disease and other tick-borne diseases.


– Medical background (DVM) preferred; experience in animal health and
vector ecology are similarly applicable.

– MPH, MS or PhD in computational biology, computational science,
statistics, mathematics, or related fields

– Strong general understanding of infectious disease and parasites

– Exhibited knowledge of statistics, probability, and mathematical


– *Excellent communication/interpersonal skills*

– *Strong research skills *
– Values research integrity and collaborative research

– Effective problem solving/critical thinking skills

– Ability to work independently

– Ability to exercise discretion and good judgment

– High level of motivation

*This is a two-year commitment with a required employment contract.*

Enquiries about this position should contact Dr. Shila Nordone
[email protected] or (919) 539-9583

Qualified candidates should send a CV, a statement of research interests,
and the names of three references to [email protected]
Short-listed candidates will be asked to provide writing samples.

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