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Social and Environmental Epidemiology of Cardiovascular Health Risks

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

Position Description:

The Neighborhood Social & Geospatial Determinants of Health Disparities Lab is seeking 1-2 full-time postdoctoral fellows. The lab, under the direction of Dr. Kosuke Tamura, is housed in the Division of Intramural Research at the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities, NIH. We invite candidates broadly interested in social and environmental epidemiology of cardiovascular health risks such as physical activity, sedentary behaviors, and diet. Dr. Tamura has an extensive work history applying geospatial methods (geographic information systems and global positioning systems) to investigate exposures related to neighborhood contexts and health behaviors, with a special focus on neighborhood social and built (physical) environments.

Responsibilities: A postdoctoral fellow will assist with study design and implementation, data analysis, and manuscript preparation. In addition, they will work on secondary data analysis projects. The postdoctoral fellow will be expected to initiate their own research questions related to neighborhood health and health disparities.

The postdoctoral fellow will receive multidisciplinary training and mentorship at NIH, along with support in developing a K-series or similar grant proposal during the fellowship. The fellow can apply for internal funding mechanisms and will be encouraged to participate in grant-writing courses and training. There will be the opportunity to participate in journal clubs, in-person speaker series, and webinar series. However, the primary responsibility of the fellow will be to conduct research that aligns with the interests of the Lab.

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


Candidates must have earned a PhD within the previous five years in public health, epidemiology, psychology, social or behavioral science, biostatistics, geography, kinesiology, or related fields. Candidates should have a strong interest in health disparities and neighborhood health research in minority groups, excellent oral and written communication skills, a strong ability to work independently and collaboratively, a strong publication record, strong statistical analytic skills, and experience with geographic information systems and ecological momentary assessments via smartphone app, and experience with human research subjects would be a plus.  

To Apply:

Applicants should submit: (1) a curriculum vitae, (2) a two-page description of research interests, including a brief description of career plans related to health disparities and neighborhood health, and (3) three letters of reference. Email applications to Dr. Kosuke Tamura at with subject line: Postdoc Fellow Application - First and Last name of applicant.

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


This post will be available until December 15, 2021 or until filled.

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