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Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Apply now Job no: 496077
Work type: Full-Time
Location: University City - Philadelphia, PA
Categories: Drexel University, Dornsife School of Public Health

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Job Summary

The newly formed Ubuntu Center on Racism, Global Movements, and Population Health Equity at the Drexel University Dornsife School of Public Health aims to unite diverse partners to generate and translate evidence, accelerate antiracism solutions, and transform the health of communities locally, nationally, and globally.

In support of its mission, the Ubuntu Center is recruiting two candidates for two-calendar year, Posdoctoral Fellowship positions, with a target starting date of September 1, 2021. The postdoctoral fellow will work directly with the Ubuntu Center’s director, Dr. Sharrelle Barber, Assistant Professor in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics and will also have the opportunity to work with other affiliated faculty of the center, whose research expertise include racial residential segregation, racial trauma and healing, systems science, environmental racism and justice, spatial epidemiology, and Black maternal health inequities. The postdoctoral fellow will work on ongoing and emerging projects with Center faculty and will also have the opportunity to develop their own independent research portfolio. Additional expectations include development of manuscripts for peer-reviewed publication and participation with community and advocacy activities related to the Center’s work.

We seek scholars with doctoral degrees, from across all disciplines, but whose research interests focus explicitly on links between racism and population health. While we encourage applications from all interested scholars, preference will be given to scholars who are from groups that have been historically under-represented within the academy.
The fellow will have the opportunity to participate in educational and professional programs at the Dornsife School of Public Health from the different academic centers and departments throughout the school. The candidates will also be supported in developing grant applications for external funding.

At the Dornsife School of Public Health, postdoctoral fellows receive a competitive salary and benefits package, equivalent to the one that all Drexel University receive. In addition to the postdoctoral salary and benefits, the fellow will receive a research stipend to support and advance career goals by attending conferences, conducting pilot studies, publishing, and more.


Essential Functions

  • Research Activities:
    1. Participation in on-going research projects and independent research
    2. Development of manuscripts for peer-reviewed publication
    3. Development of grant applications for external funding
  • Professional Development 
  • Grant Writing

Required Qualifications

  • PhD or Doctorate
  • Doctoral Degree (PhD, ScD, Dr PH or equivalent) in public health or related discipline.
  • Demonstrated commitment to antiracism scholarship and practice.
  • Record of scholarly productivity including publications in peer-reviewed journals and presentations at scientific meetings.
  • Record of community-centered approaches to antiracism scholarship.
  • Excellent verbal, written and interpersonal skills.


  • University City.

Additional Information

Special Instructions to the Applicant

  • Please make sure you upload the following required documents upon application submission:
  1. CV/Resume
  2. Cover Letter
  3. Official doctoral transcript
  4. Statement of research interests
  5. Contact information for three references

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