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Drs. Kristen Hassmiller Lich and Sarah Mills, researchers at the Gillings School of Global Public Health at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill (UNC), seek a full-time post-doctoral fellow to join their research team. We are looking for candidates interested in developing expertise in tobacco control policy research. The position is part of UNC’s new NIH/FDA-funded Tobacco Center of Regulatory Science (TCORS). 

The broad theme of the UNC TCORS is building the science for effective FDA regulation of and communication about tobacco products disproportionately used by priority populations in tobacco control. The specific project the postdoc will work on uses systems science methods including causal loop diagramming to integrate evidence and expert insights about factors that impact the effectiveness of a flavored cigar ban and simulation modeling to estimate the public health impact of such a ban in a variety of plausible post-ban scenarios among priority populations and the overall US population.

This mixed-methods project includes use of nationally representative surveys, literature reviews, causal loop diagramming, an expert elicitation process, and simulation modeling. The postdoc will take part in study design, implementation, data analysis, and interpretation and publication of study findings. The postdoc will also develop their own research questions regarding tobacco regulatory science and will receive multidisciplinary training and mentorship from senior researchers.

Along with other tobacco control trainees at UNC, postdocs will be able to participate in a journal club, a speaker series, and various webinars. In addition, travel funds will be available to present research.

Initial appointment is for one year with additional one-year appointments for up to a total of 3 years. The preferred start date of the position is summer 2024.  

The application can be found at: 

Please direct questions about the position to Dr. Sarah Mills (