Postdoctoral Fellowship: Maternal and Perinatal Health

Fellowship Description

We are seeking an individual for a postdoctoral fellowship related to maternal and perinatal health who has training and experience in epidemiology or a related field (e.g., PhD or clinician scientist with a research doctorate). The primary mentor is Professor Suzan Carmichael. This postdoctoral research opportunity will be focused primarily on maternal health outcomes in the United States, with a particular emphasis on severe maternal morbidity, maternal nutrition and weight, social determinants, health care, and equity (but flexible depending on personal interests). The post-doc will have the opportunity to collaborate with a variety of epidemiologists, clinician-scientists, biostatisticians, and social scientists at Stanford University as well as other institutions. The post-doc will be located at the Stanford School of Medicine and have opportunities to be involved with a variety of other groups at Stanford such as the California Maternal Quality Care Collaborative (CMQCC), the California Perinatal Quality Care Collaborative (CPQCC), the Center for Population Health Sciences, the Center for Policy, Outcomes and Prevention (CPOP), and the March of Dimes Prematurity Research Center.

Funding Details

This fellowship is a one year appointment, with 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

The ideal candidate will be interested in an academic research career conducting epidemiologic research related to reproductive, maternal, and infant health outcomes.  The candidate will have:
  • Familiarity with statistical software, (e.g., SAS, R)
  • Strong training in quantitative epidemiologic methods (e.g., causal inference methods, Bayesian methods)
  • Strong written and interpersonal communication skills
  • Highly motivated to make a difference in maternal and perinatal health
  • 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. Cover letter describing research interests to be pursued during training
  3. One lead-author published or unpublished manuscript
  4. Names of two references

Applications received before April 16, 2021 will be given priority, but applications will be accepted until the position is filled.  Anticipated start date is early summer 2021 but is flexible.

Please email materials to Ms. Anna Lue,

Additional Information

Faculty Sponsor: Suzan Carmichael, PhD, MS, Professor, Department of Pediatrics (Neonatology), Department of Ob/Gyn (Maternal-Fetal Medicine and Obstetrics), Department of Epidemiology & Population Health (by courtesy); Fellow, Center for Population Health Sciences

Group or Department Websites:  Dept. of Pediatrics,  Dept. of Ob/GynCenter for Population Health Sciences

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

Appointment Start Date:  June 1, 2021 (negotiable)