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Seeking Postdoctoral Researcher!

The Brunner/Crespi Lab is looking for a postdoctoral researcher to work on an NSF-funded project scaling the stress-induced susceptibility hypothesis to population-level outcomes. The broad goal is to understand how susceptibility (tolerance and resistance) changes through development of wood frog tadpoles, and how this scales up to affect the likelihood and severity of ranavirus epidemics. The ideal candidate will be able to help scale up individual-level disease dynamics derived from laboratory experiments to population-level outcomes in mesocosms using mathematical models. The position offers the opportunity to work on a project that integrates host physiology and immunology and disease ecology, to design experiments at both scales that take the research in new directions, and mentor excellent undergraduate and graduate students.

Candidates should have a PhD and skills/experience in disease ecology and mathematical or statistical modeling; strong quantitative skills are required. Experience working with animals, especially amphibians, and conducting experiments are desirable. Candidates should also have a demonstrated track record of publications, have strong organizational, written, and oral communication skills, and be able to work independently as well as part of a collaborative team. Candidates will be expected to contribute to manuscript and proposal writing.

Salary, plus benefits, commensurate with experience. Applications should be sent to Jesse Brunner (jesse.brunner@wsu.edu) as a single PDF that includes a CV, statement of research interests and experience, the names of three references. Review of applications will begin immediately and the position will remain open until filled. The expected start date is flexible, but ideally January 2020.


My lab group studies the evolutionary ecology of infectious disease. From disease in conservation and human health to the evolution of parasite host range and virulence, we focus on questions with a theoretical basis and an applied focus. I am particularly interested in factors that influence disease transmission such as host community composition, environmental conditions, and susceptibility. Most of our research involves ranaviral disease in amphibians, but I have also been working on tick-borne disease in small mammal communities. We are more excited by interesting question than the particular system. And statistics, oddly enough.