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Place of work:

Working hours:
39 h/week

26 July 2021

Online application
English / German
Job-Id: 2021/101 (1224)

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Bautzner Landstraße 400
01328 Dresden

Postdoctoral Researcher (f/m/d): Classical Epidemiology

As member of the Helmholtz Association of German Research Centers, the HZDR employs about 1,400 people. The Center's focus is on interdisciplinary research in the areas energy, health and matter.

The Center for Advanced Systems Understanding (CASUS) is a German-Polish research center for data-intensive digital systems research. We combine innovative methods from mathematics, theoretical systems research, simulations, data science, and computer science to provide solutions for a range of disciplines - materials science under ambient and extreme conditions, earth system research, systems biology, and autonomous vehicles.

CASUS was jointly founded in August 2019 by the Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf, the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research, the Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics, the Technical University of Dresden and the University of Wroclaw. CASUS is located in the heart of Görlitz at the border between Germany and Poland. The CASUS start-up phase is hosted by the Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf and is financed by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research and the Saxon State Ministry of Science and Art. For more information visit https://www.casus.science/home-2/.

The Center for Advanced Systems Understanding (CASUS) invites applications as

Postdoctoral Researcher (f/m/d): Classical Epidemiology

Review of applications will begin immediately, but consideration of candidates will continue until the position is filled. The employment contract is limited to 31.12.2022.

The Earth System Science department is looking for a postdoctoral researcher in classical epidemiology to study the optimization of the deployment and use of diagnostic testing strategies through an epidemic.

The Scope of Your Job

The successful candidate (f/m/d) will be part of a team studying how to optimally develop diagnostic testing strategies throughout an epidemic. Testing strategies will be considered at various spatial scales in the general population from local municipalities to the state of Saxony in Germany. Testing strategies for organizations such as schools, retirement homes, and businesses will also be considered. This position will focus on: classical epidemiological analyses of diverse datasets the project has collected to rank individual- and location- specific infection risks, synthesizing technical results on testing strategies from a team of modelers and data scientists and translating these results to a public health context.


  • Perform classical epidemiological analyses of diverse datasets to quantify individual- and location-specifc infection risks

  • Synthesize technical results on testing strategies from a team of modelers and data scientists

  • Adapt theoretically-optimal testing strategies for real-world deployment

  • Work with our team to facilitate a coordinated approach to optimizing testing locations and strategies

  • Publish results in academic, peer-reviewed journals

  • Present results at scientific meetings


  • Ph.D. or MD in epidemiology, public health or a related field

  • A solid background in classical epidemiological data analysis

  • Excellent programming skills in languages such as R and Python

  • Strong motivation to work in a collaborative environment

  • Excellent communication skills in English and in a professional context (presentation of research results at scientific meetings, colloquial discussions, preparation of manuscripts)

  • Evidence of the ability to publish results in top peer reviewed journals

We offer:

  • A vibrant research community in an open, diverse, and international work environment
  • Scientific excellence and extensive professional networking opportunities
  • Broad national and international science networks
  • Salary and social benefits in conformity with the provisions of the Collective Agreement TVöD-Bund
  • 30 Vacation Days per year
  • Company pension scheme (VBL)
  • A good work/life balance for which we offer assistance in the form of:
    • possibility to work part-time

    • flexible working hours

    • in-house health management

Kindly submit your completed application (including cover letter, CV, diplomas/transcripts, etc.) only via our Online-application-system.