JOB DESCRIPTION: Helps design and conduct research within a specified field while receiving advanced training from a designated Principal Investigator to enhance professional skills and research independence needed for pursuit of a career. The specific area of research in which the trainee is mentored is determined by the department and laboratory of the Postdoc. Designs and evaluates experiments. Develops new ideas that promote current research. Prepares and publishes scientific manuscripts under the direction of the Principal Investigator. May be responsible for operation of specific equipment. May teach techniques to others, train, and supervise research staff. Positions are temporary appointments as a research trainee. The initial appointment is for one year, renewal expected if progress is satisfactory and funds are available. Appointments cannot exceed five years.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: A doctoral degree or equivalent (Ph.D., M.D., ScD., D.V.M., DDS etc) in an appropriate field. Excellent scientific writing ability and strong oral communication skills. The ability to work effectively and collegially with colleagues. Additional qualifications as specified by the Principal Investigator.
This fellowship will provide post-doctoral research training and support (per NIH postdoctoral fellow salary rates) for 2 years, along with opportunities for small grants to support research, and funds for travel to conferences for research dissemination and professional development. As part of the fellowship, the trainee is expected to be actively engaged with the Center’s Research Core projects, as well as continue developing an original complementary research agenda, and attend Education and Translational Core activities. Specifically, RISE post-doctoral fellows will work under the mentorship of a RISE Investigator and will be expected to make contributions to the RISE research program. During the fellowship period, post-doctoral fellows are expected to conduct analyses and collaborate on writing manuscripts for RISE’s research priorities.
To be eligible for these awards, applicants must be US citizens or permanent residents specializing substantively in family planning and reproductive health, and have earned a PhD or equivalent degree before the onset of the fellowship.
Applications consist of: (1) a letter expressing specific interest in family planning research, details about training and work experiences to date, (2) your curriculum vitae, (3) a writing sample and (4) 2-3 letters of recommendation. Please include any requests to work with specific RISE investigators in your letter.
Students belonging to under-represented populations which may include African Americans, Hispanics, American Indians, Alaska Natives, Pacific Islanders, and individuals who come from rural areas and are first-generation college students are encouraged to apply. Candidates with strong intentions to remain/seek work in the region after training, as well as those who plan to focus on abortion-related and reproductive health policy-relevant research are encouraged to apply.