Postdoctoral Scholar

Postdoctoral Scholar

Postdoctoral Scholar

Posting Date: 09/28/2022

Closing Date: 10/24/2022

Job Information/Description:

The Center for Health Outcomes and Population Equity (HOPE), a component of the Department of Population Health Sciences at the University of Utah and the Huntsman Cancer Institute is seeking applicants for multiple Postdoctoral Scholar positions. The Center for HOPE is led by Dr. David Wetter. Strong candidates will have an opportunity to visit the Center for HOPE and the Department of Population Health Sciences, and participate in the Rising Stars in Population Health Sciences Symposium.

The Center for HOPE conducts community-engaged clinical, population, and implementation science research that focuses on health inequities, behavioral risk factors, cancer and chronic disease, infectious disease, screening and vaccination, and use of state of the science biomedical informatics and mobile health technologies for both assessment and intervention. Special populations of interest include Latinx, American Indian/Alaska Native, African American, LGBTQ+, low socioeconomic status, and rural/frontier. Scholars will have the opportunity to participate in multiple NIH, PCORI, CDC, and ACS funded intervention, mechanism, and dissemination/implementation studies. Intervention studies include tobacco cessation treatment engagement, HPV vaccination, COVID-19 vaccination and testing, and other screening and health risk behaviors, primarily among patients who receive medical care from community health centers. Treatment approaches being investigated by our team include health information technology at the point of care, smartphone apps, motivational enhancement therapies, and health care system changes. Innovative assessment approaches include on-body human sensing technologies, ecological momentary assessments, and GPS/GIS. Study designs include Sequential Multiple Assignment Randomized Trials (SMART), Micro-Randomized Trials (MRT), and longitudinal cohorts.

The program is designed to prepare Scholars for independent academic research careers. The Center for HOPE provides unusually rich opportunities in community-engaged research, and the successful candidates will join an established research team with a large portfolio of federally-funded research. They will join an active and engaged cadre of peer scholars. Scholars are responsible for assisting the Principal Investigator to plan, organize, direct, implement, and manage all aspects of the Center’s research and clinical projects. Scholars will have publication and grant-writing opportunities, and will share in authorship and investigator status in a manner commensurate with their effort and responsibilities. For interested candidates, there are outstanding opportunities for further developing quantitative analysis and statistical expertise via workshops, courses, and with our collaborators across campus. The mentoring team has an exceptional track record of helping scholars obtain independent funding as principal investigators of NIH funded K, F, and R01 awards. Salary is extremely competitive with excellent fringe benefits.

Additional Information:

The University of Utah encompasses both the flagship university and the health sciences campus for the state, competes in the Pac-12 conference, and is the largest research intensive institution in the Mountain West. Salt Lake City is a diverse and vibrant city with access to world class outdoor recreation and an affordable cost of living. Salt Lake City is 35% minority (22% Latinx), has the 7th highest proportion of LGBTQ+ residents among U.S. cities, and almost 1 in 5 residents were born outside the U.S.
It is strongly preferred that candidates have a doctoral degree in public health, behavioral science, or other relevant social or population science. We will begin reviewing applications in October 2021, and highly encourage applications by November 24, 2021, although we will review applications after that date as well.
Applicants from underrepresented groups are especially encouraged to apply.

Contact Information:

Submit your application to [email protected]
Please send a single PDF including:
• CV
• Research statement: describe your scientific interests and academic achievements (1 page)
• Diversity statement: describe your commitment and contributions to advance diversity and inclusion in your field (1 page)
• Letter of reference (may be emailed separately)

Deadline: October 24, 2022

Equal Opportunity Employer-Females/Minorities/Veterans/Disabled/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity