Postdoctoral Research Fellow - Division of Epidemiology and Biostatistics (515436)

  • San Diego State University
  • San Diego, California
  • Jun 08, 2022
Full Time Sciences and Laboratory

Job Description


Position Summary

Dr. Shira Goldenberg (Assistant Professor, School of Public Health, SDSU; Adjunct Faculty, Department of Medicine, UCSD; Research Scientist, Centre for Gender and Sexual Health Equity) is seeking applications for a Postdoctoral Research Fellow position focused on quantitative and mixed-methods research addressing sexual and reproductive health inequities among marginalized women and migrant communities.

Under the supervision of the Principal Investigator, the Postdoctoral Research Fellow will work on funded epidemiologic and mixed-methods research focused on quantitative and mixed-methods research addressing sexual and reproductive health inequities among marginalized women and migrant communities. The overall goal of this research is to identify policy and social interventions to ameliorate sexual and reproductive health and HIV-related inequities among migrant women and sex workers.

Candidates with interests in migrant health, social justice and health, and harm reduction, as well as the application of advanced and/or social epidemiologic quantitative methods (e.g., mediation analysis, multi-level modeling, geospatial analysis) and/or mixed-methods are particularly encouraged to apply.

The Postdoctoral Research Fellow will primarily work on the following two ongoing projects led by Dr. Goldenberg:

1. Researching Impacts of Immigration Policy on Reproductive Health Equity among Migrant Women at the Mexico-U.S. border

This community-based, mixed-methods project aims to evaluate the impacts of immigration policies and their enforcement on the sexual and reproductive health needs and care experiences of newly arrived migrant women in the San Diego-Tijuana border region. The Postdoctoral Research Fellow will support oversight of qualitative and quantitative data collection milestones, advance epidemiologic and/or mixed-methods data analyses and publications, support new funding proposals, participate in community engagement, and support translation of findings with diverse stakeholders.

2. An Evaluation of Sex Workers' Health Access (AESHA)

An ongoing NIDA-funded community-based cohort study examining the impacts of structural interventions (e.g., community empowerment, policing) on sexual and reproductive health, HIV and substance use outcomes among women sex workers in Vancouver, Canada. AESHA is the longest-standing and largest cohort of sex workers in North America, in operation since 2010, and is hosted at the Centre for Gender and Sexual Health Equity. The Postdoctoral Research Fellow will have opportunities to conduct and collaborate on quantitative analyses, publications, and knowledge translation activities utilizing >12 years' of detailed cohort data, which include clinical, survey, geospatial, and linked administrative data to evaluate impacts of structural interventions on HIV/STI and sexual health outcomes and access to care.

This is a full-time 12 month position with opportunity for renewal. This position is designated exempt under FLSA and is not eligible for overtime compensation.

Specific Duties

The Postdoctoral Research Fellow is responsible for but not limited to:

The candidate will work with Dr. Goldenberg to conduct data analyses, lead and contribute to scholarly writing for peer-reviewed publications, coordinate project milestones, contribute to annual grant reports, mentor trainees, and conduct research with members of an interdisciplinary team. The candidate must have excellent skills interpersonally, in writing, in quantitative data analysis, strong time management and organizational skills, and the ability to prioritize deadlines and work both independently and as a member of the research team. The candidate will also assist with mentoring trainees on the research team (e.g., Research Assistants).

Minimum Qualifications

  • Doctoral degree in an area of health, social, behavioral, and/or quantitative sciences (e.g., epidemiology)

  • Evidence of strong scholarship through published research

  • Demonstrated evidence of organizational skills and attention to detail

  • Strong writing skills

  • Strong interpersonal skills

  • Demonstrated experience conducting quantitative and/or mixed-methods data analyses and leading first-authored publications

  • Must be willing to travel between San Diego, Tijuana, and Vancouver

Preferred Qualifications

  • Demonstrated skills in quantitative and/or mixed-methods public health research with marginalized populations and communities (e.g., immigrants, marginalized women).

Compensation and Benefits

Salary: $50,000-$65,000/year, commensurate with experience. Competitive benefits package included.

San Diego State University offers a rich benefits package that constitutes a major portion of total compensation. For more information regarding SDSU benefits, please click here.

SDSU Vaccine Policy

In accordance with the California State University systemwide policy, students, faculty, and staff must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or provide a valid medical or religious exemption in order to access campus. An individual is considered fully vaccinated two weeks after their second dose of a two-shot vaccine or two weeks after the first dose of a single-shot vaccine.

The individual hired into this role will be required to submit their completed vaccination documentation to the university's secure online health portal prior to beginning work. Individuals with an approved medical or religious exemption on file with the university will be required to participate in SDSU's COVID-19 testing program.

Supplemental Information

Review of the required application materials, including letter of interest and C.V., will begin on [2 weeks from posting]. The position will remain open until filled.

The person holding this position is considered a 'mandated reporter' under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

San Diego State University is not a sponsoring agency for staff or management positions (e.g., H-1B visa). Applicants must currently be authorized to work in the United States on a full-time basis. Offers of employment are contingent upon the presentation of documents that demonstrate a person's identity and authorization to work in the United States, which are consistent with the provisions of the Immigration Reform and Control Act.

A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position with the CSU. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for the position.

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SDSU is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against persons on the basis of race, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity and expression, marital status, age, disability, pregnancy, medical condition, or covered veteran status.

Applicants with disabilities and applicants who require assistance completing an application may contact Rachael Stalmann at

Closing Date/Time: Open until filled

Remote-eligible (Remote work is a type of flexible working arrangement that allows an employee to work from remote location)


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