The Health Disparities Unit (HDU) in the Social and Behavioral Research Branch (SBRB) of the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) is recruiting a postdoctoral fellow interested in the study of the intersection of genomics, social determinants of health and health inequities specifically relating to the integration of precision medicine and/or curative genetic therapies into health care, as well as societal issues of genomics, race and human genetic variation.
The unit studies sickle cell disease as a case study of a genetic condition with a history of inequities in research and clinical care. Postdoctoral fellows are expected to develop their own initiatives within the scope of ongoing research in the unit and participate in the training and mentoring of postbaccalaureate fellows.
SBRB is a research program within the Division of Intramural Research at the National Human Genome Research Institute, located in Bethesda, MD, USA. Our research focuses on a spectrum of disorders from those that have a major public health impact to rare genetic conditions with significant impact on affected families. We conduct research at the intersection of genomics and the social and behavioral sciences and train the next generation of scientists and clinicians in this domain. We approach research with a social genomics lens.
The SBRB investigates the role that social determinants play in creating disparities in risk, morbidity, and mortality of disease. The mission of the HDU within SBRB is to investigate approaches to translating new genomic knowledge and precision medicine into clinical settings without exacerbating health inequities.
Vence Bonham, J.D., is the lead investigator for the unit.
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Candidates legally authorized to work in the USA with an earned doctoral degree in the social and behavioral sciences or closely related field (e.g., anthropology, bioethics, epidemiology, genetics and genomics, health education, law, medicine, nursing, psychology, public health or sociology) are invited to apply. Preference will be given to candidates with established superior analytic research background skills, expertise in quantitative and qualitative methods, strong written and oral communication skills, and with demonstrated research interests in areas currently under investigation in the unit. Applicants must have completed their doctoral training prior to the start of the fellowship and have no more than five years of relevant research experience since receipt of their most recent doctoral degree.
How to apply
Applicants should provide:
- A curriculum vitae
- A statement of research interests to be pursued during training
- Two writing samples
- Official transcripts for undergraduate and graduate coursework
Please send information, with the subject “Postdoctoral Application Materials,” to Vence L. Bonham, J.D., Associate Investigator (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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Last updated: December 23, 2019