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IBM Research Summer Supplemental in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina


A Technical Support Representatives at IBM is a front-line position supporting our products and making sure they are at their best for our customers. With over 100 years in technology, IBM has built a strong reputation of quality service and this role ensures we continue to deliver on that promise. If you enjoy helping people with technical issue, you’ll love your career at IBM.

Your Role and Responsibilities

IBM Research is seeking a candidate to work on a project to bridge epidemiological modeling with intrahost-pathogen interaction with an application to COVID-19.

Your job responsibilities will include:

-Obtain information from literature about the relationship between the human immune system and SARS-CoV-2, the causative agent of COVID-19

-Build a schematic toy model of how the immune system learns and adapts to the virus in order to clear it

-Build a schematic toy model of how the virus changes its genetic composition through mutation and genetic recombination to escape the immune system

-Build a workflow of all the potential interactions between host and virus to identify the events that will impact the spread of the pathogen in the population

-Implement a computational model for a single host which describes the infection process, including the immune response

-Implement a computational model for a population which starts from a single infected host and follows the spread of the virus in a large population

-Plan and implement additional intervention strategies, like social distancing (reduced population density), face masks (reduced transmission) and vaccine (reduced available susceptible population)

-Analyze and formalize the results

This is a short-term supplemental position.

Required Technical and Professional Expertise

-Programming skills in python for expanding STEM model

-Advanced math (calculus) skills for building mathematical foundations of extended STEM model

-Basic understanding of biological background on virus structures, functions, and mutations

Preferred Technical and Professional Expertise

  • Demonstrated verbal and written communication skills

About Business Unit

With more than 3,000 researchers in 12 labs located across six continents, IBM Research brings together hundreds of researchers who possess unparalleled industry expertise to address some of the world's most challenging problems. Join us as we do pioneering work in areas such as cognitive computing, augmented intelligence, quantum computing, and blockchain, to name a few.

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About IBM

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Location Statement

For additional information about location requirements, please discuss with the recruiter following submission of your application.

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