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Postdoctoral Fellow

National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities, Bethesda, MD and surrounding area

About the position

We are seeking one full-time postdoctoral fellow to join the Digital Health & Health Disparities Research Lab. The lab is housed in the Population and Community Health Sciences Branch of the Intramural Research Program at the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities, National Institutes of Health. The mission of the lab is to leverage digital technologies for health promotion and disease prevention among minorities and health disparity populations. The main focus is on the design and evaluation of just-in-time adaptive interventions via the collection of real-time ecological momentary assessments and physiological smartphone sensor and wearables data.

The fellow will assist with study design and implementation, data analysis, and publication of study findings. In addition, the fellow will work on secondary data projects. The postdoctoral fellow will develop his/her own research questions related to digital health and health disparities.

Fellows receive multidisciplinary training and mentorship at NIH. They also receive support in developing a K-series or similar grant proposal during their fellowship. They can also apply for internal funding mechanisms. They are encouraged to participate in grant writing courses and trainings. Postdoctoral fellows can participate in journal clubs, in-person speaker series, and webinar series. Travel funds will be available to travel to 2 conferences a year to present their research and network.

  • Employer name: National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities
  • Position location: Bethesda, Maryland.
  • Salary: Commensurate with experience.
  • Duration: This is a fulltime 2 to 3-year appointment with year-to-year renewal up to five years based on satisfactory performance and availability of funds. Eligible U.S. citizens and permanent residents who have recently received a doctoral degree can come to the NIH as Postdoctoral IRTAs (Intramural Research Training Awardees) to complete up to five years of postdoctoral research. Eligible international scholars who are recent doctoral degree recipients can conduct up to five years of postdoctoral research at the NIH as Visiting Fellows; they generally come to the NIH on J1 visas. Both groups are considered NIH trainees, rather than employees. See

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What you'll need to apply

Applicants should submit:

  1. a curriculum vitae
  2. a two-page synopsis of their research interest, including a brief description of their career plans related to digital health and health disparities
  3. three representative publications or working papers
  4. three letters of recommendation

Email applications to Sherine Eltoukhy with subject line: Last name, First name, Postdoc application.

Position available for immediate hire. Applications will be accepted and screened on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

Contact name

Sherine Eltoukhy


Candidates must have completed a PhD in social or behavioral science, biostatistics, epidemiology, or a closely related field and have no more than five years of relevant research experience since receipt of their most recent doctoral degree. Candidates must have expertise or an interest in developing expertise in health disparities and digital health.

Expertise in quantitative research methods and advanced statistical analysis is a must. Expertise in natural language processing, machine learning, and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) is highly desirable.

Additional Information

Women and minorities are strongly encouraged to apply.

The NIH is dedicated to building a diverse community in its training and employment programs.