System Dynamics Research Position in Tobacco Policy

"Nate Osgood"
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System Dynamics Research Position in Tobacco Policy

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Computer Simulation Modeler

Work with an interdisciplinary team of enthusiastic researchers to develop
and expand the NIH-funded Tobacco Policy Model. The purpose of the
simulation model is to estimate the long-term costs and health gains from
any change in tobacco policy.

Responsibilities: Develop and refine model structure using standard system
dynamics software; identify data sources and develop data-based
mathematical/statistical functions for inclusion in the model; perform Monte
Carlo sensitivity analyses; import/export data; debug and validate model;
report on model results; assist in drafting manuscripts for publication;
work collaboratively with multi-disciplinary research team.

Required skills and training: Doctorate or master’s in quantitative field;
experience with computer simulation modeling.

Desired skills and training: Excellent spoken and written English language
skills; experience developing computer simulation models of population
health; understanding of system dynamics, Markov, and Monte Carlo simulation
approaches; experience with differential equations, probability, stochastic
processes, cost-effectiveness analysis, and advanced statistics such as
multivariate non-linear regression; experience with SQL, VBA/VB or other
programming languages; experience working with an interdisciplinary research
team and publishing in journals.

Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience. Rank is flexible.
A senior or junior research faculty position (non-tenure track) is possible
along with the opportunity to write new grant proposals and forge new
research directions. To apply, send cover letter briefly explaining
research interests, curriculum vitae, and the names and addresses of 3 to 5
references to: Tammy Tengs, Sc.D., Director, Health Priorities Research
Group, 300 University Tower, University of California, Irvine, CA
92697-7076. To inquire about the position, e-mail messages are welcome
( To apply, please send materials as hardcopy via regular
mail or fax (949-824-8286), not as an attachment to an e-mail message.
Review of applications will begin on 12/15/00 and will continue until the
position is filled.

Irvine, California is located near the ocean about 1 hour south of Los
Angeles and 2 hours north of San Diego. To learn more about the Health
Priorities Research Group, visit our web site:

The University of California is an equal opportunity educator and employer
committed to excellence through diversity.