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Seeking Ph.D. students to work on a CDC-funded project


Dr. Shi Chen and Dr. Daniel Janies (from UNC Charlotte's CIPHER center) are seeking Ph.D. students to work on a CDC-funded project to develop novel mathematical models of the spread of infectious diseases within and across healthcare facilities.

A successful candidate predoctoral fellow will be supported by CDC for upwards of 3-years. The following benefits are possible, contingent on fellow performance: annual travel to Atlanta to meet with CDC staff and travel for conference presentations.

The predoctoral fellows are expected to have a strong background in mathematical modeling, including but not limited to dynamic system modeling, operation research, simulation, optimization, network modeling, machine learning, and deep learning. The predoctoral fellows are expected to work closely with Dr. Chen, Dr. Janies, and a synergistic team of co-mentors from bioinformatics, health data analytics, epidemiology, health economics, and clinical science within UNC Charlotte and healthcare partners. This will be a unique education and research experience for students interested in taking the challenge to develop next-generation computational methods for healthcare research. Per CDC guidelines, prospective fellows will need U.S. citizenship to work on this project. In addition, the fellows should be able to work through the entire 3-year project period, so candidates in the 1st and 2nd year of their study are especially encouraged.


Please contact  Dr. Chen ( and Dr. Janies ( to discuss this opportunity.


Seeking A Post Doctoral Fellow in Bioinformatics and Genomics


The Phyloinformatics Lab is seeking a Postdoctoral Fellow in Bioinformatics and Genomics. The research in the Phyloinformatics Lab can be divided into four components:

  1. We are facilitating resource-efficient molecular analyses and making data from museum biorepositories more readily available to biomedical research;

  2. We are improving genomic resources of non-model organisms with a focus on animals of particular medical or environmental interest;

  3. We are developing phylogenetics solutions, especially if they can help improve our understanding of zoonosis; and

  4. We are integrating "omics" technologies (e.g., genomics, transcriptomics, metabolomics, and proteomics) to study complex host-pathogen systems in the context of One Health.

The ideal candidate was awarded a Ph.D. or other doctorate in the past eight years and whose research interests align with the Phyloinformatics Labs' goals. If you want more details and to apply, please click here.