An outstanding candidate is sought to work on original research projects using primary (e.g., beverage prices and purchases) and secondary (e.g., NHANES, Menustat and FoodAPS) data to examine promising obesity prevention strategies. He/she will work with the Sara Bleich, Professor of Public Health Policy in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health. Dr. Bleich's research provides evidence to support policy alternatives for obesity prevention and control, particularly among populations at higher risk for obesity. Most recently, her work has focused on evaluations of federal menu labeling and local sugary beverage taxes. An ideal fellow will be skillful at using quantitative methods for the analysis of population data. In addition to serving as a co-author on existing projects, the fellow will be strongly encouraged to pursue his/her own ideas and lead papers as first-author (within the constraints of what data is available).
Duties and Responsibilities
1. Publish dissertation papers (if applicable)
2. Develop plans for and conduct data analyses for new (independent/mentored) and existing (collaborative) projects
3. Prepare manuscripts and submit to peer-reviewed journals
4. Give presentations about research findings
5. Work closely with faculty mentor to monitor progress and resolve questions or issues that arise during the course of the research
6. Other duties and projects as assigned
Major emphasis will be placed on leading original analyses and manuscripts, career development, and transition toward an independent research career. The fellow will receive training through on-the-job research, methods support, access to Harvard courses (tuition assistance programs available), and on-site lectures and seminars. The fellow will benefit from a competitive salary, benefits, and travel/educational opportunities in the interdisciplinary environment at the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health.
The fellowship is for a one year period with renewal conditional on performance. Position available for fall 2017.
School: Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
Department: Health Policy and Management
Applicants must have a PhD/DrPH/ScD in epidemiology, nutrition, public health, economics, policy, decision science or similar field. An established track record of original, first-author, publications in one or more of these areas is essential. Candidates should have quantitative research skills, experience using Stata, SAS or R for both data management and analysis, excellent written and oral communication skills, and the ability to work independently and with collaborators.
Experience in conducting policy-relevant research related to obesity and using quantitative methods for the analysis of population data is preferred.
Equal Opportunity Employer: We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.