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Health Disparities and Geospatial Analyst

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

We are seeking a full-time postdoctoral fellow to join the Health Disparities & Geospatial Transdisciplinary Research Lab. The lab is housed in the Population and Community Health Sciences Program 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 understand factors influencing health disparities and develop effective measures/interventions to improve health outcomes and reduce/eliminate health disparities among minorities and underserved populations. Current projects geographic variations in cancer incidence and treatment patterns, health information and seeking behaviors among African living in the US.


Candidate must have completed a PhD in social or behavioral science or related field. Candidate must have experience or an interest in developing expertise in health disparities, cancer control and prevention, chronic diseases, and community-based interventions. Strong expertise in Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Statistics/Biostatistics or System Dynamics (SD)/Community-Based System Dynamics (CBSD), and qualitative research/community-based participatory research (CBPR) methods, is a plus.
Responsibilities: Fellow will assist with study design and implementation, data analysis, and publication of study findings. In addition, fellow will work on secondary data projects. The postdoctoral fellow will develop his/her own research questions related to health disparities.

Fellow will receive multidisciplinary training and mentorship at NIH. He/she will also receive support in developing a K-series or similar grant proposal during the fellowship. He/she also can apply for internal funding mechanisms. The individual will be encouraged to participate in grant writing courses and trainings. Postdoctoral fellow will have the opportunity to 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.


Commensurate with experience.


This is a fulltime 2 to 3-year appointment with year-to-year renewal based on satisfactory performance and availability of funds.

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 GIS and transdisciplinary approach to understanding and eliminating/reducing health disparities, and (3) two letters of recommendation. Email applications to Faustine Williams,, with subject line: Last name, First name, Postdoc application.

The positions are open immediately. Applications will be accepted and screened on a rolling basis until the positions are filled.

Women and minorities are strongly encouraged to apply.

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