Post Doctoral Research Fellow

Post Doctoral Research Fellow

Post Doctoral Research Fellow

Posting Date: 12/21/2021

Closing Date: 06/01/2021

Job Information/Description:

Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship at the Hennepin Healthcare Research Institute (HHRI) and
the Department of Medicine at Hennepin Healthcare

The HHRI invites applications for a Post-Doctoral Fellowship in collaboration with Center for Chronic Disease Reduction and Equity Promotion Across Minnesota (C2DREAM) ( and supervised by Sandra Japuntich, Ph.D (

C2DREAM is a NIMHD funded center that is a collaboration between Hennepin Healthcare, The University of Minnesota, and the Mayo Clinic Health System. C2DREAM brings together investigators and community stakeholders across Minnesota to understand and address racism as a cause of cardiovascular disease. RePORT ⟩ RePORTER ( C2DREAM comprises 3 research projects, an investigator development core, a community engagement core, and an administrative core.

HHRI is the third largest medical research non-profit in Minnesota and ranks in the top seven percent nationally of all institutions receiving research grants from the National Institutes of Health. At the HHRI, we have been actively investigating the causes of and potential treatments for diseases since 1952. We support and oversee the medical research conducted at Hennepin Healthcare. In an academic environment that emphasizes patient care, research, and teaching, HHRI helps offer patients better care now and hope for improved healthcare in the future.

Hennepin Healthcare’s flagship campus is Hennepin County Medical Center (HCMC), a 484 bed public teaching hospital located in downtown Minneapolis, MN. HCMC employs approximately 7,000 people and is Minnesota’s largest safety net hospital. HCMC conducts approximately 600,000 clinic visits annually and is the state’s premier Level 1 Trauma Center. The majority of HCMC patients are of minority racial and/or ethnic backgrounds.


Our lab works to promote health equity in our urban safety net healthcare system and beyond.

Work during this fellowship would work on reducing health disparities among BIPOC communities. 50% of the fellow’s time would be spent coordinating project 2 of C2DREAM ( This project tests the additive effect of longitudinal proactive outreach for tobacco cessation (providing periodic calls to smokers in primary care to offer a connection to tobacco cessation counseling and medication) over the gold standard of care (Ask-Advise-Connect; primary care providers asking about smoking, advising smokers to quit, and referring electronically to the state quitline). Project 2 is a type 1 hybrid implementation-effectiveness study where we will assess information related to future implementation of longitudinal proactive outreach.

The other 50% of the fellow’s time would be protected for their own academic pursuits. This would include time to apply for one of C2DREAM’s pilot grants. These grants are for $50,000 and are awarded to individuals underrepresented in science and medicine. The fellow would also be expected to participate in training provided by the investigator development core.

As part of C2DREAM project 2, the fellow will have the opportunity to work closely with Steven Fu, MD (Co-Lead of project 2; and Andrew Busch, Ph.D. (Co-Lead of the investigator development core and Co-Director of the Behavioral Health Equity Research Group). Our group has a long history of collaboration with researchers at the University of Minnesota, where the fellow would find excellent collaborative opportunities, especially regarding tobacco research ( Drs. Busch and Japuntich are also faculty members of the University of Minnesota Masonic Cancer Center ( Institutional K awards (KL2 and K12 programs) are available through our relationship with the University of Minnesota.

This fellowship is designed for individuals seeking to establish an independent research career following fellowship. Primary responsibilities involve 1) project management on ongoing funded projects, 2) contributing to grant proposals, 3) publication of empirical studies, and 4) independent scholarship, including leading manuscript submissions and submitting grant proposals as PI. A travel allowance is provided and funds are available for fellow initiated pilot studies. This position will be for one year, renewable for a second year, subject to first year productivity. It is expected that the fellow would submit an NIH grant during their first year. This could be an independent award or a mentored award.


Applicants with any doctoral level degree will be considered, but an ideal candidate would have degree in clinical psychology, public health, or a related field (e.g., clinical psychology, social work, nursing, MD, etc.). For clinical psychologists, a path to licensure in Minnesota will be provided through clinical hours on research studies and/or in clinical care. Both clinical and non-clinical fellows would have a pathway to a faculty appointment in the Department of Medicine if independent funding is obtained.

The ideal candidate would have a strong research background and have previous experience in one or more of the following areas: clinical trials research, smoking cessation, emerging tobacco products, health behavior change, health disparities research, treatment development, dissemination and implementation science. Fluency in Spanish is a plus.

Mandatory COVID-19 vaccination requirement

BIPOC individuals and women are especially encouraged to apply.

AA/EOE of Minorities, Women, Disabilities and Veterans

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We will continue to review submissions until the position is filled. Start any time between Jan-September 2022. Send letter of interest, CV, and contact information for three references to:

This position will be compensated based on NIH guidelines for post-doctoral roles.
Questions about this position or requests for more detailed information can be directed to Dr. Sandra Japuntich [email protected]