Postdoctoral Fellow, Transfer Project/South Africa (PDS001485)

Posting Information

Position Information

Status receiving applications; interviewing in progress
Position Title Post-Doctoral Fellow
Vacancy ID PDS001485
Department Carolina Population Center - 631100
Position Type Postdoctoral Scholar

Posting Details

Salary Range $46,467 - $50,000
Full-time/Part-time Full Time
If part-time, hours per week
FTE 1.0
Proposed Start Date
Estimated Duration of Appointment 12 Months
Posting Open Date 10/11/2016
Posting Close Date
Open Until Filled Yes
Work Location Chapel Hill, NC
Position Summary

We seek a post-doctoral fellow to join a dynamic team of epidemiologists and social-behavioral scientists studying impacts of the social environment on HIV incidence in South Africa. This position is supported by an NIMH-funded five-year study conducted in partnership with investigators at the Carolina Population Center of the University of North Carolina, The University of California at San Francisco, UC Berkeley, and the MRC/Wits Rural Public Health and Health Transitions Research Unit, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa.

This position will help design and conduct social epidemiological research within a team of epidemiologists, physicians, demographers, and social scientists recently funded to explore the social determinants on HIV incidence among young women in the most severely affected region of sub-Saharan Africa. The project aims to elucidate the causes of HIV risk and protection for young women as they transition from adolescence into adulthood, to quantify mechanisms/pathways of effect, and to identify optimal combinations of interventions that can be used to effectively reduce new HIV infections. This will be accomplished utilizing data from an ongoing cohort of 2,400 adolescent South African girls followed into early adulthood, linked with two rich data sets that contain population demographic and social contextual data on their households and villages of residence, to understand mechanisms of risk.
Principal responsibilities include performing data management and analysis and manuscript development and writing. Analysis and manuscript development will be conducted under the direction of a senior investigative team, with strong emphasis placed on career development, interdisciplinary research, and translation of science into programming and policy. The initial appointment is for one year, with renewal expected for a second year if progress is satisfactory, with the expectation of grant submissions by the incumbent after one to two years. The fellow will be based at the Carolina Population Center at UNC, Chapel Hill, but may also travel to Agincourt, South Africa, as needed.

Educational Requirements

This position requires a PhD in epidemiology, biostatistics, or a related scientific discipline that requires strong quantitative skills.

Qualifications and Experience

Required qualifications include (1) a strong publication record; (2) strong skills in data management of complex data sets, including longitudinal, nested data sets; (3) strong skills statistical programming and analysis using SAS, R, and/or Stata, including the ability to generate univariate and bivariate descriptive statistics, experience with fitting cross-sectional linear, logistic, and survival analysis regression models, and exposure to longitudinal analysis; (4) excellent writing and communication skills.

Additional desired qualifications include familiarity with social epidemiological research, analysis of multilevel and clustered data sets, analysis of longitudinal data, use of advanced methods for addressing missing data (e.g., multiple imputation; full-information maximum likelihood estimation), mediation analysis, causal inference methods, and prior experience in HIV research. Research experience in low-resource settings is highly valued.

Equal Opportunity Employer

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, race, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or status as a protected veteran.

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Posting Contact Information

Department Contact Name and Title Dawn Andres, HR Specialist
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Postdoctoral Affairs Contact Information

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Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Curriculum Vitae / Resume
  2. Cover Letter
Optional Documents
  1. Other Document

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. *Please describe your experience with SAS.

    (Open Ended Question)

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