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Health Disparities and Ethics

Clinical Center, Bethesda, MD and surrounding area

Position Description:

The NIH Department of Bioethics, in collaboration with the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD), welcomes applications for one postdoctoral position in the new focus area of the Department, health disparities and ethics. The postdoctoral fellow will primarily work with Dr. Yukiko Asada conducting research on concepts, measurement, and public dialogues related to health disparities, inequalities, and inequities, through conceptual and empirical analyses. Empirical investigations involve both quantitative and qualitative methods, with a strong emphasis on the intersection between ethics and quantitative methods. The postdoctoral fellow will have opportunities to collaborate with other investigators in the Department of Bioethics and the NIMHD and will be integrated with training offered with in the NIH Bioethics Fellowship program. This is a full-time, annually renewable appointment. The position is open for both domestic and foreign nationals. Salary will be set according to federal agency policies.


  • Applicants must have a PhD in social sciences (e.g., health economics, economics, sociology, demography) or health sciences (e.g., epidemiology, public health) from an accredited university.
  • Applicants do not need to have bioethics experience but must have strong interest in ethics and social inequalities.
  • Applicants must have experience with analyzing data from population-based studies (e.g., National Health Interview Survey (NHIS), Survey of Health, Ageing and Retirement in Europe (SHARE)) and statistical analysis software (e.g., Stata, R).
  • Qualitative research experience is an asset.

To Apply:

Applications should include:

  • Curriculum vitae
  • A brief description of research interests (up to 1000 words)
  • Two writing samples (published or unpublished, single-authored or co-authored)
  • Three letters of references
  • Undergraduate and graduate transcripts

Please email applications to Dr. Yukiko Asada

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

The NIH is dedicated to building a community in its training and employment programs and encourages the application and nomination of qualified women, minorities, and individuals with disabilities.