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Postdoctoral Research Associate - MOBS Lab

September 26, 2022
Network Science Institute
Boston, MA


The Postdoctoral Research Associate will be an active member of the Laboratory for the Modeling of Biological and Sociotechnical Systems (MOBS Lab) within the Network Science Institute at Northeastern University. The MOBS Lab focuses on research projects aimed at developing innovative mathematical models and computational tools to better characterize, understand, and anticipate large-scale complex networks and systems.


The Postdoctoral Research Associate will perform basic or applied research of a limited scope, primarily using existing theories and methods. Individuals should have the ability and desire to innovate when these are insufficient. The Postdoctoral Research Associate will assist the supervisor in the interpretation and publication of results and grants. The primary responsibility is ensuring that the research is complete.

Key responsibilities include:

  • Assisting with initiating, executing, and completing research and experiments.
  • Preparing and writing research papers, presentations, and grant proposals.

Additional responsibilities:

  • Assisting with laboratory management
  • Training graduate students
  • Teaching courses


Ph.D. or equivalent required. Must have extensive knowledge of physics, complex systems, network science, or related field. The candidate must have significant computational and applied statistical skills that can be applied to the modeling and forecasting the spread of infectious diseases. They must be able to handle, process, and analyze very large datasets of epidemic indicators, such as data from surveillance of cases, cellular phone, mobility patterns.

Excellent interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills, attention to details, as well as training in research methodology and quantitative data analysis are essential to a successful candidate. Experience with writing proposals and project management experience are a plus.  Ability to communicate and coordinate with multiple senior researchers from different fields; ability to undertake substantially full-time research or scholarship; work under the supervision of a senior scholar.

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