Dr. Denis Valle, Assistant Professor in the School of Forest Resources and Conservation at the University of Florida (UF), is seeking a PhD graduate research assistant, who has strong interest in statistical/quantitative aspects of environmental sciences or public health.

Research in my group focuses on tackling important problems in environmental sciences and public health by creating and using innovative Bayesian statistical models. Dr. Valle is affiliated with the Tropical Conservation and Development program (http://www.tcd.ufl.edu/) and the Emerging Pathogens Institute (http://www.epi.ufl.edu/) at UF and my graduate students have done field work in West Africa and South America. Additional information on my research can be found at denisvalle.weebly.com.

The position will focus on the development and application of novel Bayesian models in environmental sciences or epidemiology. As part of this work, the student will also develop interactive tools to aid decision-making. The position will be located at the UF campus in Gainesville, FL. Duties include writing and presenting result of research in scientific conferences, searching and applying for additional sources of funding, and assisting other students within the team on statistical analyses, among others.

We expect applicants to be highly motivated, independent, enthusiastic, proficient in computer programming (e.g., R, Python, MatLab, or C++) and able to successful communicate research results (i.e., through publications and oral presentations).

Requirements for prospective PhD students include:
• background in environmental sciences or public health/epidemiology with experience in (or desire to learn) advanced statistical Bayesian models; or
• background in statistics with experience in (or desire to learn) environmental sciences/epidemiology;
• GRE minimum scores of 153 Verbal; 155 Quantitative; Analytical/writing 4 (500/700 old scoring scale)
• BS or MS degree with GPA exceeding 3.5
• The candidate must meet the formal admission requirements for the University of Florida and the School of Forest Resources and Conservation. (http://sfrc.ufl.edu/academics/how-to-apply/)
If interested, please email the items listed below to drvalle@ufl.edu:
• One page cover letter with a brief review of your research experience, interests and goals, and how they align with those from my lab
• CV with contact information
• Contact information for three academic references
• GRE scores
• Transcripts (unofficial) from all previous colleges and universities

Start Date: August (2018)
***The application deadline is Jan. 15th, 2018***

Information about the University of Florida: The University of Florida (http://www.ufl.edu) is among the top 10 U.S. public universities, according to the 2018 U.S. News & World Report rankings. UF is a Land-Grant, Sea- Grant, and Space-Grant institution, encompassing virtually all academic and professional disciplines, with an enrollment of more than 50,000 students.

The University of Florida is an equal employment and affirmative action employer and a provider of ADA services. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, ethnicity, color, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation or identity, national origin, disability status or protected veteran status.

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