18-month Post-Doctoral Scholarship Opportunity
December 1, 2017 - May 31, 2018
Title: Post-doctoral Scholar
Department: Population and Quantitative Health Sciences, School of Medicine
Location: Prevention Research Center for Healthy Neighborhoods, BioEnterprise Building,
Supervisor Name and Title: Darcy Freedman, PhD, Associate Director, Prevention Research Center for Healthy Neighborhoods at Case Western Reserve University
The CDC-funded Prevention Research Center for Healthy Neighborhoods (PRCHN) at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio is seeking one post-doctoral scholar to contribute to the Center’s vibrant program of research focused on community nutrition and healthy food access. This is an 18-month position with the option of renewal based on performance and availability of funding. The post-doctoral scholar will join a collaborative research team that includes strong community-university partnerships and will have an opportunity to develop independent research goals within the scope of existing projects aimed at improving nutrition and healthy food access among people receiving Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits and other low-income populations. The ideal candidate will have a PhD in nutrition, health communications, public health, community psychology, or social work; a strong background in community nutrition research; skills in mixed methods and systems modeling research; and a record of translating research findings into publications. Preference will be given to candidates with experience in food-related research, community-based research, research with SNAP populations, and implementation research.
The post-doctoral scholar will: Contribute to a team science approach through regular interaction with investigators, community partners, and other research staff; Assist with implementation and evaluation of web-based decision-making tools designed to support community nutrition interventions; Collaborate with investigators on data analysis related to the research aims; Contribute to grant writing to sustain the research; Provide leadership to the development of presentations and publications related to research serving as lead author on at least one manuscript; and Participate in weekly seminars focused on population health promotion.
It is expected that the post-doctoral scholar will develop content expertise and a publication track record based on this experience. A competitive salary, benefits, and travel/research opportunities in the interdisciplinary environment of the Prevention Research Center for Healthy Neighborhoods are available. ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS
- Experience with qualitative data collection and analysis, and management of quantitative databases.
- Demonstrated skills in analysis of quantitative data, and evidence of capacity to translate findings for public dissemination.
- Experience using web platforms to display data.
- Highly organized, detail-oriented, and self-motivated individual.
- Ability to work with minimal supervision to complete tasks.
- Experience facilitating institutional review board applications.
- Ability to work collaboratively in a small team environment.
- Strong organization skills; ability to multi-task, prioritize and meet deadlines. Must demonstrate attention to detail and accuracy, time management skills, and proven ability to successfully follow-through on assigned projects.
- Strong, professional and effective verbal and written communication skills.
- Strong interpersonal skills; ability to work and communicate with various individuals from a broad spectrum of disciplines, technical and educational backgrounds within the department, school and university, and with individuals outside the university.
- Experience and proficiency with Microsoft Word, Power Point, and Excel.
- Must demonstrate willingness to learn new techniques, procedures, processes, and computer programs as needed.
Given the field-based nature of the research, the candidate must be physically present at the Prevention Research Center for Healthy Neighborhoods in Cleveland, Ohio. There are no special health or safety hazards, environmental conditions or hazardous equipment or supplies. Must have personal, reliable transportation to travel to community sites throughout the project, documented mileage will be reimbursed. Must be able to work a flexible schedule, including evenings and weekends as needed.
To apply, please send a statement of qualifications and research interests, CV, dissertation abstract (500 words), contact information for three references, and one sample publication by email to: email@example.com
. Initial review of applications will occur on October 15, 2017 and then on a rolling basis until the position is filled.
In employment, as in education, Case Western Reserve University is committed to Equal Opportunity and Diversity. Women, veterans, members of underrepresented minority groups, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.
Case Western Reserve University provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. Applicants requiring a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the Office of Inclusion, Diversity and Equal Opportunity at 216-368-8877 to request a reasonable accommodation. Determinations as to granting reasonable accommodations for any applicant will be made on a case-by-case basis.
Case Western Reserve University Fellowship in Primary Care Research
Center for Child Health and Policy (CCHP)
A multidisciplinary team of scientists at Case Western Reserve University is recruiting outstanding candidates to serve as Postdoctoral Fellows for the federally funded Case Transdisciplinary Fellowship in Primary Care Research. The Fellowship is a Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Fellowship Opportunity and funded by the Health Services Research Administration (HRSA). The program will provide select candidates with two or three years of a mentored research experience with coursework tailored to each fellow. The mission of the program is to develop leaders in the field of primary care research in the US.
Priority areas include child health, quality of health and healthcare, and health equity. This work is intended to support development of leaders capable of utilizing a community health & population health frameworks.
The Leadership Committee includes nationally prominent research leaders, such as Lawrence C Kleinman MD, MPH (Department of Pediatrics) who directs the Fellowship, Kurt Stange MD PhD and Susan Flocke PhD (Department of Family Medicine and Community Health), Jill Korbin, PhD (Schubert Center for Child Studies in the College of Arts and Sciences), Claudia Coulton, PhD (Center for Urban Poverty and Community Development at the Mandel School for Applied Social Sciences) and Elaine Borawski PhD, (Prevention Research Center for Healthy Neighborhoods, Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics)
Who Should Apply?
US Citizens and permanent residents with MDs, PhDs or with other clinical or nonclinical doctoral degrees who seek to become leaders in the field of Primary Care Research. We seek to recruit a diverse and synergistic cohort who will support team learning and collaboration across specialization areas. Case is an EOC employer.
Case Western Reserve University Fellowship in Primary Care Research
with Special Interest in Community-Clinical Linkages
A multidisciplinary team of scientists at Case Western Reserve University is recruiting outstanding candidates to serve as Postdoctoral Fellows for the federally funded Case Transdisciplinary Fellowship in Primary Care Research. The Fellowship is a Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Fellowship Opportunity and funded by the Health Services Research Administration (HRSA). The program will provide select candidates with two or three years of a mentored research experience with coursework tailored to each fellow. The mission of the program is to develop leaders in the field of primary care research in the US. Priority areas include child health, quality of health and healthcare, and health equity. This work is intended to support development of leaders capable of utilizing a community health & population health frameworks.
Fellows will have the opportunity to work with established teams within the university. One such group is the Prevention Research Center for Healthy Neighborhoods, a CDC-funded research center in the School of Medicine that is seeking applicants with research interests and expertise in school, community, clinical or policy interventions aimed to improve linkages between community-based organizations, public health agencies and health care providers with the goal of increasing access to preventive and chronic care services. Their definition of community-clinical linkages is closely aligned with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s fourth domain of chronic disease prevention (http://www.cdc.gov/chronicdisease/about/prevention.htm).
Examples of research strategies might include those that:
• Increase the use of effective community interventions—such as chronic disease self-management programs (CDSMP), the National Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP), and smoking cessation services—by making them widely available, ensuring that doctors refer their patients to them, and helping to ensure that they are covered by health insurance.
• Link existing public health services, such as tobacco quitlines, to health care systems.
• Establish partnerships with hospitals and health care providers to improve community and population health through use of community benefit investments and advocacy.
• Encourage a broader spectrum of health care workers—including pharmacists, community health workers, coaches and community navigators —to help people manage their own health.
Applicants should have an earned doctorate in medicine, epidemiology, behavioral or clinical sciences with training and experience in community-based research, and the beginning of a track record of scholarly research established, including peer- reviewed publications and national presentations. Having conducted independent research or working on a federally funded intervention research study during doctoral studies is highly preferred.
The CWRU Prevention Research Center for Healthy Neighborhoods (www.prchn.org), funded in 2009, is one of 26 PRCs funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The mission of the PRCHN is to foster partnerships within Cleveland’s urban neighborhoods for developing, implementing, and testing strategies to prevent and reduce the burden of chronic disease – by addressing not only environmental and lifestyle issues, but also the conditions, inequities and resources of the community that are linked to chronic diseases. The PRCHN has four core faculty members, over 25 affiliated faculty, a research staff of 40 and a highly engaged and active Network of Community Advisors. Current research funding by PRCHN core faculty is about $4 million per year.
The university and Greater Cleveland offer a rich and supportive environment for community-clinical linkage research. Well established partnerships exist with both the city and county health departments, Fairhill Partners (local training provider for CDSMP and DSMP), YMCA of Greater Cleveland (provider for DPP), and the network of over 30 federally qualified health centers (FQHCs). PRCHN faculty also partner with faculty associated with Better Health Partnership (http://www.betterhealthpartnership.org/) on a number of community-clinical linkages projects (i.e., CDSMP/DSMP referrals, Produce-Prescription Program), funded through a collaborative Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health (REACH) grant.
Many of these partnerships serve the foundation for two large community initiatives, of which numerous EPBI/PRCHN faculty (and others across the School of Medicine) are engaged. These are the Health Improvement Partnership-Cuyahoga (www.hipcuyahoga.org) and Healthy Cleveland (www.clevelandcitycouncil.org/healthy- cleveland.aspx). Both health improvement plans include community-clinical linkages as on their priority areas for intervention, providing great research potential particularly with regard to environmental and policy change.
Case Western Reserve University and its associated hospitals (University Hospitals/Rainbow Babies, MetroHealth Medical Center, Cleveland Clinic, and VA Medical Center) also provide a rich environment for clinical and population health research with significant support and resource available through the Clinical and Translational Science Collaborative (CTSC, http://casemed.case.edu/ctsc/), funded by the NIH.
In employment, as in education, Case Western Reserve University is committed to Equal Opportunity and Diversity. Women, veterans, members of underrepresented minority groups, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Case Western Reserve University provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. Applicants requiring a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the Office of Inclusion, Diversity and Equal Opportunity at 216-368-8877 to request a reasonable accommodation. Determinations as to granting reasonable accommodations for any applicant will be made on a case-by-case basis.
TO APPLY, send the following to Dr. Lawrence Kleinman (firstname.lastname@example.org
(1) cover letter;
(2) updated CV;
(3) one page summary of your research experience, training and research goals for the two year fellowship; and,
(4) names and contact information for three references.
For more information about the Prevention Research Center for Healthy Neighborhoods, contact Dr. Elaine Borawski at email@example.com