Post Doctoral Fellow

Employer
Drexel University
Location
Pennsylvania, United States
Salary
Salary Not Specified
Posted Date
Sep 26, 2022

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Professional Fields, Social Work & Human Services, Science, Technology & Mathematics, Statistics, Social & Behavioral Sciences, Other Social & Behavioral Sciences, Administrative, Academic Affairs, Institutional Research & Planning, Research Administration
Employment Type
Full Time
Job Summary

The A.J. Drexel Autism Institute offers advanced training in health services research and related policy research focused on autism spectrum disorders and other disabilities through its Policy, Analytics, & Community Research Program for individuals who have completed requirements for a PhD or related doctoral degrees in public health – epidemiology, biostatistics, health policy, or related subdiscipline; social work; social policy, economics; sociology or related fields.

One postdoctoral fellowship opportunity will be offered focused on health service systems eligibility, implementation of funded health services, and community-engaged research processes. Policy-oriented research projects focused on service utilization and outcomes of persons on the autism spectrum and other disabilities across the lifespan could include embedded research opportunities with local, state, and federal entities through public and industry partnerships as well as community-academic partnerships with local, state, and national community and advocacy organizations. Research responsibilities will vary and may include collection of primary quantitative and qualitative data; analysis of health and mental health service utilization and systems-level data, and secondary data analysis of area- and person-level data; engaging with key stakeholders to ensure that the research efforts include community partnerships. Dissemination activities include social media and legislative outreach, and preparation of research and policy briefs. Primary deliverables will include drafting scientific papers; community engagement throughout the research process; data analyses; literature reviews; federal project reporting and grant writing.

Our faculty and researchers have expertise in analysis of large administrative datasets from the Medicaid, Vocational Rehabilitation, and Social Security programs; social network analysis; secondary analysis of population-level surveys; and primary data collection through a number of funded projects. This postdoctoral position is funded for a period of 1 year, potentially renewable for an additional year, depending upon the time required for the kind of project activity identified in conjunction with a program mentor. Training emphasis is placed on understanding and analyzing the organization, utilization, efficacy, quality, and implementation of health and mental health services to enhance quality of life for autistic individuals, individuals with other disabilities, and their family members and impacting policy content and practices from these findings.

The program will facilitate opportunities and prioritize the possibility for collaboration and publication with faculty within our institute, the Dornsife School of Public Health, colleagues at local universities, and local political leaders. Additionally, our community partnerships offer established connections for engaging policy stakeholders to inform research focus and to contribute to policy-driven dissemination planning.

Essential Functions

Research responsibilities will vary and may include collection of primary quantitative and qualitative data; analysis of health and mental health service utilization and systems-level data, and secondary data analysis of area- and person-level data. Dissemination activities include social media and legislative outreach, and preparation of research and policy briefs. Primary deliverables will include drafting scientific papers; community engagement throughout the research process; data analyses; literature reviews; federal project reporting and grant writing.

Required Qualifications
  • PhD or Doctorate in Public health and disability-related state and federal programs is beneficial by start of position
  • Evidence of scholarship (e.g. publications, presentations, grant submissions).
  • Experience using advanced methodologies.
  • Familiarity with life course perspective as it relates to the conduct of research
  • Experience managing research data sets, knowledge of a range of research methodologies, advanced data analysis skills, and competencies with advanced statistical software (e.g., SAS, STATA, R) and/or qualitative analysis software (e.g., Dedoose, NVIVO).
  • Experience working directly on Federal grants.
  • Experience writing Federal grant applications either individually or with a team.
  • Advanced quantitative methodology skills and training.
  • Experience collecting, managing, and analyzing secondary data from publicly available datasets
  • Distinct interest in health disparities and social justice as it relates to improving the lives of individuals on the autism spectrum and those with other developmental disabilities
Preferred Qualifications
  • Policy-relevant knowledge and legislative advocacy experience.
  • Knowledge of public health and disability-related state and federal programs is beneficial.
Physical Demands
  • Typically sitting at a desk/table
Location

University City, Philadelphia, PA

Additional Information

This position is classified as Exempt with a salary grade of I. For more information regarding Drexel’s Professional Staff salary structure, https://drexel.edu/hr/career/ducomp/salstructure/

Please review the Benefits Brochure for some information on our benefits offerings.

Special Instructions to the Applicant

Please make sure you upload your CV/resume and cover letter when submitting your application.

Additional Required Documents
  • A cover letter detailing your qualifications and areas of research expertise and interest
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Statement of Purpose (up to two double-spaced pages)
  • Three recommendations
  • Writing samples – one peer-reviewed publication; one publication directed at a non-science audience
Review of applicants will begin once a suitable candidate pool is identified.

Advertised:Sep 26 2022 Eastern Daylight Time
Applications close:Jan 7 2023 Eastern Standard Time

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