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Post Doctoral Research Scientist

Apply now Job no: 502204
Work type: Full-Time
Location: University City - Philadelphia, PA
Categories: Drexel University, Dornsife School of Public Health

Job Summary

We seek a highly motivated and driven Post Doctoral Research Scientist to develop and/or apply advanced statistical models in social or environmental epidemiology studies, focusing on the disparate effects of heat on mortality in small areas. The candidate is expected to conduct their work relatively independently and to author publication in biostatistics, applied statistics, epidemiology, or environmental health journals. Depending on the candidate’s background, skills, and career interests, work can focus on statistical methods development or addressing environmental epidemiology research questions, or a combination thereof.  The candidate will participate in professional development activities such as research group management and grant writing, among others. The candidate will work primarily with Dr. Usama Bilal and Dr. Brisa Sanchez as part of the newly NIH-funded Drexel Climate Change and Urban Health Research Center and have the opportunity for mentorship and collaboration with other epidemiology, environmental health, and biostatistics faculty at Drexel and other scientists at Drexel’s Urban Health Collaborative.

Essential Functions

  • Development, implementation, evaluation, and/or application of advanced modeling techniques for social or environmental epidemiology.
  • Write papers as lead author.
  • Conduct data analysis and participate as co-author in related publications.
  • Assist with supervision of graduate students or MS-level statisticians.
  • Actively participate in collaborative research meetings and present study findings at scientific meetings.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications

  • A PhD or Doctorate in Biostatistics, Epidemiology, Econometrics, Demography, Environmental Health, or related quantitative field is required.
  • 3+ years of experience is required.
  • Proficiency in R programming, including development of R packages.
  • Excellent organizational and critical thinking skills.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience using GitHub.
  • Experience with large datasets.
  • Experience using high-performance computing cluster environments.
  • For methods development: Experience with C++.
  • For environmental epidemiology: Coursework and/or practical research experience in health disparities, environmental health effects, or structural determinants of health.

Physical Demands

  • Typically sitting at a desk/table


  • University City – Philadelphia, PA

Additional Information

This position is classified as Exempt grade J. Compensation for this grade ranges from Minimum $47,490.00 - Maximum: $71,230.00. Please note that the offered rate for this position typically aligns with the minimum to midrange of this grade, but it can vary based on the successful candidate’s qualifications and experience, department budget, and an internal equity review. 

We encourage you to explore Drexel's Professional Staff salary structure and Compensation Guidelines & Policies for more details on our compensation framework.

You can also find valuable information about our benefits in the Benefits Brochure.

Special Instructions to the Applicant

Please make sure you upload your CV/resume and cover letter when submitting your application.

Review of applicants will begin once a suitable candidate pool is identified.

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