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Population-Level Epidemiology & Minority Health (Social and Behavioral Research)

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

Position Description:

We are seeking a full-time postdoctoral fellow to join the Division of Intramural Research (DIR) at NIMHD. This fellowship position is funded by Judy and Peter Blum Kovler Foundation for one year.


Candidates must have completed a PhD in public health, epidemiology, social or behavioral sciences, nursing, communication science, or related field or have completed a professional degree in a health care field (M.D., PharmD, or DVM). Candidates must have knowledge about and preferably experience in population-level epidemiology, minority health, health disparities, social determinants of health, or community-engaged social and behavioral intervention research. Expertise in quantitative and qualitative research and analytic methods and/or computer programming (e.g., SAS, R) are preferred.
Fellow will be based in NIMHD DIR and will work with the Community Engagement Alliance (CEAL) against COVID -19 Disparities Initiative, which dispels misinformation and builds trust in many racial/ethnic minority and underserved communities about COVID-19, clinical trials, vaccines, and science in general. CEAL focuses on outreach, education, and engagement with community-based organizations in the dissemination of minority health and health disparities research and best practices. Fellow will focus on outreach, education, and engagement with community-based organizations and key stakeholders to support the science and dissemination of research and best practices in addressing minority health and health disparities.
Fellow will engage with and leverage the NIMHD intramural program research, taking advantage of opportunities to conduct research in the area of COVID-19-related mental health outcomes or other disparities due to COVID-19.
Commensurate with experience up to $70,000 per year.
Bethesda, Maryland.
This is a fulltime 1-year appointment.

To Apply:

Applicants should submit: (1) a curriculum vitae, (2) a two-page synopsis of their research interests, including a brief description of their career plans related to multidisciplinary population-level and community-based research and health disparities, and (3) two letters of recommendation. Email applications to Dami Kim at with subject line: Last name, First name, Postdoc application.
The NIMHD Division of Intramural Research aims to understand mechanisms that produce health disparities or differentially act to increase or reduce risk of disease and disability among racial/ethnic minority, rural and low-income populations. For substantial progress in this area, racial/ethnic minority and populations with health disparities need opportunities to engage in research that seeks to improve their health. The DIR conducts multidisciplinary population-level and community-based research that examines social, cultural, clinical, biological, behavioral, and contextual factors, and their effects on the minority health and health disparities. DIR plans and conducts community-engaged social and behavioral intervention research to reduce health disparities and improve the health and well-being of minority and health disparity populations. Current projects include nationally representative surveys to assess the impact of COVID-19 on the physical and mental health and well-being of minority, low-income and rural populations.
The position is open immediately. 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.