The Indiana University School of Public Health Bloomington invites applications for a postdoctoral fellowship in sexual and reproductive health (SRH) with Dr. Larissa Jennings Mayo-Wilson, Ph.D. MHS, Associate Professor, Department of Applied Health Science. The post-doctoral fellow will join Dr. Jennings Mayo-Wilson’s research group, EMERGE (Engaging MicroenterprisE for Research Generation and Health Empowerment), to support the development and evaluation of a number of studies relating to economic-strengthening interventions (ESI) to reduce poverty and sexual and reproductive health disparities, including HIV, in young adults in the U.S. and sub-Saharan Africa.
The overall goal of the EMERGE research group is to
- Develop and test health-focused ESIs, such as microfinance, cash transfers, incentives, vouchers, workforce development, and financial literacy training, to reduce economic drivers of disparities in HIV and other SRH outcomes.
- Examine how behavioral economics, such as present bias or endowment effect, and traditional poverty-related factors, including income insecurity and economic abuse, influence SRH decision-making relating to number and type of sexual partners, fertility preferences, and/or use of perinatal and sexually transmitted infections (STI/HIV) clinical services.
- Also examine how mobile health technologies, such as text messages or mobile apps, can be used to increase SRH/HIV awareness and to measure economic and SRH/HIV outcomes. Moreover, areas of focus include maternal and perinatal health, HIV/STI, economic empowerment, mHealth, and behavioral economics, including skills in qualitative, epidemiological, or randomized clinical trial methodologies. EMERGE is funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
Roles and Responsibilities
The candidate at Postdoctoral Fellowship in Sexual and Reproductive Health at Indiana University will do the following roles
- Report directly to Dr. Larissa Jennings Mayo-Wilson and will be expected to lead and support studies and generate new knowledge that is congruent with the overall goal of the funded project.
- Perform research-related duties, as needed, on numerous projects within Dr. Jennings Mayo-Wilson’s current EMERGE research portfolio, including conducting human subjects research, writing peer-reviewed publications, writing grant proposals, supporting community partnerships, and presenting at scientific colloquia.
- Potential projects include data analyses, grant writing, or site support of studies working with young adults who are at-risk for HIV and experiencing homelessness in Baltimore, MD, vulnerable transgender women in Richmond, VA, people living with HIV and commercial sex workers in Uganda, and individuals who have been victimized by economic abuse and sexual violence in Kenya, Uganda, and Tanzania.
- Also work with Dr. Jennings Mayo-Wilson to define a scope of work involving his or her own research within the overall goal of the funded EMERGE project, including working with students affiliated with Dr. Jennings Mayo-Wilson’s research portfolio.
The salary of the candidate will be $40,400 – 60,000. The term of appointment is one year, equivalent to 12 months. The postdoctoral fellow may start as early as September 1, 2020. Moreover, the benefits and compensation of this fellowship are congruent with NIH-mandated stipend levels for first-year postdoctoral fellows. Postdoctoral fellows will be employees of Indiana University. During the period of the fellowship, the fellow will live in the Bloomington or Indianapolis metropolitan areas of Indiana.
- Indiana University welcomes application from any relevant public health discipline including social and behavioral sciences, epidemiology, applied health, biostatistics, health economics, informatics, or psychology for this postdoctoral fellowship.
- Candidates must have received a doctoral degree (Ph.D., DrPH, ScD, or equivalent) from an accredited educational institution by the start of the appointment.
- Similarly, the successful applicant will have research and program experience in sexual and reproductive health, perinatal health, HIV/AIDS, economic-strengthening interventions, vulnerable youth, mobile and digital health, or behavioral economics.
- Furthermore, applicants who have documented experience leading and co-authoring peer-reviewed manuscripts and who are able to work independently, applying critical thinking, and judgment will have priority.
Indiana University Bloomington is a public research university in Bloomington, Indiana. It is the flagship institution of the Indiana University system and, with over 40,000 students, its largest university.