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Digital Health and Health Disparities

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

Position description:

We are seeking one full-time postdoctoral fellow to join the newly established 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 optimize health information technologies for health promotion and disease prevention among minorities and health disparity populations. Current projects include a just-in-time adaptive smoking cessation intervention targeting low socioeconomic young adult smokers. This is a fulltime 2 to 3-year appointment with year-to-year renewal based on satisfactory performance and availability of funds.

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. Salary is commensurate with experience.


Candidates must have completed a PhD in social or behavioral science or related field. Candidates must have experience or an interest in developing expertise in health disparities, tobacco control, and health interventions. Expertise in quantitative research methods is a must. Expertise in qualitative research methods, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), and/or computer programming (e.g., Python) is a plus.


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.

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 health information technology and health disparities;
  3. Two letters of recommendation.

To Sherine Eltoukhy with subject line: Last name, First name, Postdoc application. Start date is June-August. Applications will be accepted and screened on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

Women and minorities are strongly encouraged to apply. The NIH is dedicated to building a diverse community in its training and employment programs.