Applications are invited for a postdoctoral position in computational fluid dynamics (CFD) and biological physics, in the lab of Prof. Arnold Mathijssen at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, USA. The appointment will be for one year with the possibility of extension.
The goal of the project is to assess the transmission of SARS-CoV-2 in the meat industry, combining techniques from veterinary medicine, microbiology and biophysics. In collaboration with Prof. Sapna Dass (Texas A&M), Dr. Rong Wang (U.S. Mean Animal Research Center) and multiple industrial partners, we will have access to a large number of farms, food processing and packing facilities to examine the full “farm-to-plate” supply chain. Specifically, our lab will be focused on the biophysical aspects of viral transmission throughout this supply chain. The successful candidate will construct a mathematical model, based on these different experimental observations, in order to predict the probability of food contamination with SARS-CoV-2.
Besides this project, the Mathijssen lab works on various projects in soft matter and biological physics, including fluid mechanics of the respiratory system, bacterial contamination dynamics, and rapid motions in cell biology. The successful candidate is encouraged to engage with these projects or propose their own ideas in a curiosity-driven and inclusive research environment.
Moreover, you will be a member of the soft matter group at Penn Physics, a highly vibrant and collaborative community of faculty, post-docs and PhD students. It is encouraged to collaborate with any of the faculty members in the group, both experimentalists and theorists.
We are particularly committed to employing more underrepresented individuals.
Applicants should have a background in computational fluid dynamics, mathematical modelling, statistical mechanics, soft matter, biophysics or related subjects. Prior knowledge of some epidemiology or microbiology is a plus, but not required. A good working knowledge of English is necessary.
Please send your CV, a publication list, and a statement of interests to firstname.lastname@example.org with the email title “Postdoc application – [your name]”. Additionally, arrange to have 2 reference letters sent directly to the same email address. Your statement of interest should be ~2 pages or shorter, describing your past and current research interests and why you are interested in this position.
If you have any questions, please send me an email and I will be happy to discuss them directly.
Assistant Professor (incoming)
Department of Physics and Astronomy
University of Pennsylvania
Tagged as: Engineering, Life Sciences, Physics
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