Postdoctoral Fellow in Disability and Health Research

Waltham, Massachusetts
Jun 04, 2021
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

The Lurie Institute for Disability Policy is pleased to announce an opening in our postdoctoral research training program in disability and health research. We invite applications from qualified candidates for a two-year postdoctoral fellowship. Advanced training is available under the mentorship of the nationally recognized faculty of the Heller School for Social Policy and Management. Qualified candidates are invited to join a community that thrives on rigorous research, interdisciplinary collaboration, and supports the mission of knowledge advancing social justice.

The primary goal of this fellowship is to prepare scholars to conduct rigorous research that can be applied in today's complex policy environment. Training of post-doctoral fellows will include immediate engagement in an existing research program coupled with opportunities to develop skills in preparing grant proposals, managing research projects, developing scholarly articles and scientific presentations and disseminating findings to advocates and policy makers. Fellows will have the opportunity to engage with a variety of currently ongoing federally funded studies examining the sexual, reproductive, and perinatal health of people with disabilities, the Community Living Policy Center, and the National Research Center for Parents with Disabilities. They will also have the opportunity to develop their own independent research programs. The Fellowship is individualized to meet the professional interests and goals of individual Fellows.

We are seeking candidates who are committed to a career in disability and health research, with prior research and training in the field, have an outstanding academic record, and who have received or will receive a doctoral degree by the appointed start state. Applicants with earned doctorates in public health and epidemiology, economics, public policy, social work, and sociology are particularly encouraged.

The fellowship program offers a competitive stipend. In addition, fellows are eligible to enroll in Brandeis University's health and dental insurance programs. The position also includes a travel fund to support the presentation of the fellow's scholarship at scientific conferences. This fellowship is funded by a training grant from the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR).

Applicants should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, a 1-page statement of research interests, abstract of your doctoral dissertation, and three publications or peer-reviewed journal articles. Please include all documents in a single PDF file. Finalist candidates will be asked for three academic or professional letters of reference. Review of applications will begin immediately. For fullest consideration, please submit your completed application prior to July 1, 2021. Appointment dates are flexible.

Submit application to: Amy AbuShanab Assistant Director Lurie Institute for Disability Policy       [email protected]

The Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University is interested in candidates who are committed to the highest standards of scholarship and professional activities. We seek individuals who can contribute, through their research, teaching and/or public engagement, to the diversity of the academic community. Brandeis University is an equal opportunity employer, committed to building a culturally diverse intellectual community, and strongly encourages applications from women and minority candidates. Sample language about Brandeis and Heller:

Brandeis University: Founded in 1948, Brandeis University is a private nonsectarian research university with a liberal arts focus situated 10 miles west of Boston. Its schools include a College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, the International Business School and the Heller School for Social Policy and Management, each welcoming students, faculty and staff of every nationality, religion and political orientation. Brandeis University is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc. Commission on Institutions of Higher Education.

The Heller School for Social Policy and Management: Since its founding in 1959, the Heller School at Brandeis University has been committed to developing new knowledge and insights in the fields of social policy and management. The Heller School is unique in its approach to the field of social policy. Through the graduate education of students, and the pursuit of applied interdisciplinary research and active public engagement in both the public and private sectors, the Heller School is constantly examining policies and programs that respond to the changing needs of vulnerable individuals and social groups in our societies. Over the last 60 years, the Heller School for Social Policy and Management has built an international reputation for professional leadership in many areas across the policy- development spectrum.


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