Emory University Postdoctoral Fellow in Atlanta, Georgia


Job Requisition ID:



811000:SPH: Behavrl Sciences & Health

Job Description:

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.

Operating Unit/Division:

School Of Public Health

Job Title:

Postdoctoral Fellow

Preferred Qualifications:

The successful candidate will have doctoral training in social epidemiology, sociology, or an allied discipline, and will have particular strengths in conceptualizing and studying the relationships of place characteristics to health. Candidates must have recently earned a doctorate, or, if they are still in candidacy, must have scheduled their defense date.

Full/Part Time:




Additional Job Details:

We are seeking a post-doctoral fellow to work closely with the Principal Investigator, Dr. Hannah Cooper, on a NIDA-funded multilevel study about whether and how place characteristics – operating at multiple geographic scales – are related to racial/ethnic inequities in vulnerability to HIV among people who inject drugs, and to inequities in healthcare utilization in this population. Co-Investigators on this study include Drs. Sabriya Linton, Don Des Jarlais, Sam Friedman, and Barbara Tempalski. The post-doctoral fellow will work closely with Dr. Cooper to produce manuscripts for this project, including conceptualizing research questions; developing analysis plans to test hypotheses; and writing manuscripts. The post-doctoral fellow will be the first author on several papers and a co-author on others.

The fellowship will be housed within the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Health Education at Emory University’s Rollins School of Public Health (https://www.sph.emory.edu/departments/bshe/index.html ). Several training resources are available to post-doctoral fellows through the school and university. Emory’s Social and Behavioral Research Center (http://www.sbsrc.emory.edu/programs.html) and Institute for Quantitative Theory and Methods (http://www.quantitative.emory.edu/) offer workshops in a variety of topics, including meta-analysis, data visualization, and the collection and analysis of longitudinal data. Dr. Cooper co-directs the Prevention Science Core within Emory University’s NIH-funded Center for AIDS Research (http://www.cfar.emory.edu/). The CFAR offers CFAR03 grants to new investigators and hosts several ongoing colloquia on emerging topics in HIV/AIDS; the Prevention Science Core offers a training in proposal writing. Trainings in how to write competitive K01 applications are available to fellows through the university.

To apply for this position please apply online and also submit a cover letter and CV to Dr. Cooper at hcoope3@emory.edu. The subject heading on the email message should read “NHBS Post-doctoral application.” Applications will be reviewed beginning on June 15, with a start date of late summer.

The fellow will be based at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. This fellowship is a one-year, full-time position, with a possible one- to two-year extension, based on funding and performance. The salary and benefits will be commensurate with NIH standards.