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Postdoctoral Research Associate - Health Promotion & Policy
University of Massachusetts in Amherst, Massachusetts
Date Posted 01/17/2021
Admin-Health and Medical Services
Employment Type
Application Deadline Open until filled

Apply now Job no:507126
Work type:Post Doc (Amherst Only)
Location:UMass Amherst
Department: Health Promotion & Policy
Union: Post Doc
Categories:Postdoctoral Research Associate

About UMass Amherst

UMass Amherst, the Commonwealth's flagship campus, is a nationally ranked public research university offering a full range of undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. The University sits on nearly 1,450-acres in the scenic Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts, and offers a rich cultural environment in a bucolic setting close to major urban centers. In addition, the University is part of the Five Colleges (including Amherst College, Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke College, and Smith College), which adds to the intellectual energy of the region.

Job Description:

Dr. Kathryn Derose of the UMass Amherst Department of Health Promotion and Policy is seeking a Postdoctoral Research Associate to begin Summer or Fall of 2021. This is a full time, 12-month, annually renewable position with a maximum duration of 2 years. The Postdoctoral Fellow will contribute to NIH-funded research on community-partnered interventions aimed at addressing health disparities both in the U.S. (Los Angeles) and/or in Latin America (the Dominican Republic). Current topics and populations of focus include faith-based organizations and park-based physical activity interventions among Latinos; and food security and nutrition interventions to improve treatment adherence among people with HIV. In addition, the Postdoctoral Research Associate will have the opportunity to assist in developing new community-partnered work in Western MA.

Responsibilities include writing scientific papers, quantitative and qualitative data collection and/or analysis, literature reviews, community engagement, and grant writing. Overall goals and specific activities will be determined collaboratively between the post-doc and Dr. Derose, but can include multiple first-authored and co-authored journal articles, development of project leadership skills, NIH grant submissions, methods training, community-based participatory research, and formalized mentorship.


  • Ph.D. in Public Health, Sociology, Psychology, Health or Public Policy, or other related social, behavioral, or population science field completed within the past 2 years
  • Research experience in the area of health disparities, community-based interventions, or community health
  • Strong analytical skills (quantitative, qualitative, or mixed-methods)
  • Strong writing skills
  • Strong oral communication skills
  • Ability to work across diverse cultural and socio-economic context
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively
  • Some travel to community sites and possible occasional evening and/or weekend community meetings
  • Fluency in Spanish (oral and written) preferred

Additional Information:

  • Typical Office Environment
  • M-F 40 hours per week

Application Instructions:

Interested candidates should submit the following application materials for priority consideration by February 4, 2021. Position will remain open until filled.

  • A cover letter that includes a statement of research experience and interests,
  • A curriculum vitae,
  • PDF copies of a recent publication or writing sample,
  • Contact information of three professional references.

The earliest anticipated start date is September 1, 2021.

UMass Amherst is committed to a policy of equal opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, age, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, disability, military status, or genetic information in employment, admission to and participation in academic programs, activities, and services, and the selection of vendors who provide services or products to the University.  To fulfill that policy, UMass Amherst is further committed to a program of affirmative action to eliminate or mitigate artificial barriers and to increase opportunities for the recruitment and advancement of qualified minorities, women, persons with disabilities, and covered veterans.  It is the policy of the UMass Amherst to comply with the applicable federal and state statutes, rules, and regulations concerning equal opportunity and affirmative action.

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