Postdoctoral Fellowship in Social Epidemiology

Job Number
Job Type
Regular Full-Time
School Of Public Health
SPH: Global Health
Location : Name
Emory Campus-Clifton Corridor
This position may involve the following Health and Safety issues:
Not Applicable
Required Documents
Letter of Interest, List of 3 Recommenders


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.



The Hubert Department of Global Health (HDGH), Rollins School of Public Health (RSPH), Emory University is seeking a post-doctoral fellow in the social and behavioral sciences and public health. This position is a full-time, residential fellowship for one year, with the possibility of continuation for a second year. Applicants must have a Ph.D. in public health and/or the social sciences at the starting date. Excellent skills in quantitative research and writing are required. A preference will be given to candidates with demonstrated experience through peer-reviewed publication in psychometric methods, including factor analysis and structural equation modeling; an interest to learn IRT methods; international field experience; and substantive exposure to the measurement of women’s empowerment and/or social norms in the context of international public health interventions. The successful candidate will participate on externally funded research projects in Africa, Asia, or the Middle East. The fellow also may have access to data archives associated with this research program to conduct collaborative analyses of mutual interest. The fellow will be encouraged to participate in the intellectual life of the school and university, for example by attending seminars, giving guest lectures, and co-mentoring masters students.


The post-doctoral fellow will work with a team of faculty in the HDGH. HDGH consists of 30 primary full-time faculty members and over 60 jointly appointed or adjunct faculty members, many of whom are affiliated with the neighboring Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Faculty members are from multiple disciplines, including Demography, Economics, Epidemiology, Medicine, Nutrition, Psychology, and Sociology and have an outstanding portfolio of research in various areas of global health, including HIV/AIDS, sexual and reproductive health, vaccine-preventable diseases, safe water and sanitation, nutrition, women’s and children’s health, and non-communicable diseases. About 100 MPH/MSPH students are admitted annually to the 2-year program with a focus in Global Health. The department hosts several international fellowships, including Hubert H. Humphrey, Fogarty, King Abdullah and William H. Foege Fellows.


Applicants must apply to the Emory University Careers Website.  Applicants are asked to submit a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, and names of three references.  Applications will be kept confidential, and references will not be contacted without the permission of the applicant. Screening of applications will continue until a sufficient pool of qualified candidates is identified. The review of applications will continue until the position is filled. The start date is negotiable, but March 2020 is preferred. Only complete applications will be considered for interview.

The Rollins School of Public Health employs approximately 190 full-time faculty and enrolls over 1,200 full and part-time graduate students in masters and doctoral programs. The School is located on the Emory University campus, adjacent to the CDC. Nearby are the Carter Center, Task Force for Global Health, CARE International and American Cancer Society, among other agencies. The School includes six academic departments, offers several interdisciplinary Certificates, including in Maternal and Child Health and the Socio-Contextual Determinants of Health. The School offers joint MPH degrees with the schools of medicine, nursing, business, law, and theology. PhD programs include Nutrition and Health Sciences, Epidemiology, Biostatistics, Behavioral Sciences and Health Education, Health Services and Health Policy and Environmental Health Sciences. Emory University, a major research university with an endowment of more than $6.7 billion and more than $500 million in total research funding awards, enrolls more than 14,700 students in undergraduate and graduate programs. Emory University employs over 13,000 faculty and staff and is one of the largest private employers in the metro Atlanta area.


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