Postdoctoral Fellowship: California Community-driven Health Equity

Fellowship Description

The Center for Population Health Sciences (PHS) is seeking a postdoctoral research fellow to collaborate on an exciting portfolio of community-driven health equity research projects.

PHS works in collaboration with diverse disciplines and sectors to advance health equity by leveraging artificial intelligence (AI) and big data to understand  and address the social determinants of health. Toward this end, we are partnering with California departments of public health on several applied research projects. The fellow will collaborate with Professor David Rehkopf, PHS Faculty Co-Director, on these projects (60%):

  1. Analyzing regional health inequalities in San Joaquin Valley, a predominantly rural low income county in California, utilizing the analysis to inform policy and practice.
  2. Developing a framework and metrics that California departments of public health can use to measure their progress toward health and racial equity.
  3. Analyzing and addressing environmental disparities in California’s Central Valley
  4. Assessing the impact of COVID-19 on preventive screenings in San Joaquin Valley
  5. Supporting community health assessments 

In addition, the fellow will have the opportunity to propose and execute work on their own research questions (40%). We expect the public health department projects will form the basis of their independent project. 

Funding Details

The fellowship is a one-year appointment, with the option to extend by mutual arrangement. Funding includes a living stipend and funds for some research expenses, plus certain medical, dental, vision, and life insurance coverage through Stanford's Postdoctoral Scholars program.

Applicant Requirements

  1. Demonstrated interest in advancing health equity
  2. Experience utilizing different types of large scale administrative datasets
  3. Excellent writing skills
  4. Strong quantitative skills (have David add details. For example does he want someone with great modeling skills? )
  5. Experience successfully collaborating with community partners
  6. Knowledge of the social determinants of health and/or public/population health principles and concepts desired

NOTE: Applicants need not have completed their doctoral training prior to applying, although training must be completed prior to the start of the fellowship.

Application Process

Interested applicants should submit the following materials:  

  1. Curriculum vitae;
  2. Statement of research interests to be pursued during training;
  3. One lead-author manuscript; and,
  4. An example of your statistical code.  


Additional Information

Faculty Sponsor: David Rehkopf, Associate Professor of Epidemiology & Population Health, of Medicine (Primary Care and Population Health), and, by courtesy, of Sociology

Group or Department Websites:  Dept of Epidemiology & Population Health, Center for Population Health Sciences

Postdoc Appointment Term:  One year, with option to extend by mutual arrangement

Appointment Start Date:  XXX XX, 2021 (negotiable)