Center for Studies in Demography and Ecology
Postdoctoral Fellow, Ohio Policy Evaluation Network (OPEN)
Posted: 9/15/2018 (Employment)
Job Description:We are pleased to announce a new postdoctoral fellow position with the Ohio Policy Evaluation Network (OPEN) at the University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio. OPEN conducts rigorous, impactful, and forward thinking social-science research on the reproductive health of Ohioans. Our program is comprised of multiple interdisciplinary research projects which assess reproductive health outcomes, equity, access, cost, and autonomy in the context of federal and state laws and policies. The research team includes faculty, staff, and students from Ohio State University, University of Cincinnati, Case Western Reserve University, and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital.Details:We seek an exceptional scholar with a strong background and interest in reproductive health research, including health policy, abortion, and contraception for a postdoctoral fellowship position at University of Cincinnati. The postdoctoral fellow will work closely with Michelle McGowan (Pediatrics and Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies) and Danielle Bessett (Sociology) on a qualitative study focused on abortion clinic closures and legal vulnerabilities in Ohio and Kentucky. We expect data collection to be challenging and data analysis to be complex. The postdoctoral fellow will also be involved in analysis and interpretation of findings, and working with PIs and co-investigators to develop a dissemination plan for the findings of the Kentucky clinic case study that is most impactful.This position will provide postdoctoral research training and support (per NIH postdoctoral fellow salary rates) for one year, renewable for a second year upon satisfactory performance. The position also includes funds for travel to conferences for research dissemination and professional development.Eligibility:Eligible applicants are US citizens or permanent residents specializing substantively in reproductive health research, who have earned a PhD or equivalent degree in sociology, women’s, gender & sexuality studies, anthropology, public health, bioethics, or a related field by January 2019. Experience with qualitative methods and data analytic techniques is required. Excellent written and verbal communication skills; an ability to multitask and function independently; good decision making and leadership qualities; strong networking and outreach skills; effective community relation skills; and a strong desire to advance public health knowledge in Ohio and Kentucky are also highly valued attributes. Preferred characteristics include experience with ethnographic or qualitative case study approaches; experience with multidisciplinary team research and grant funded projects; basic knowledge of reproductive health landscapes in Kentucky, Ohio or nearby states; demonstrated productivity in terms of published journal articles.Minimum Qualifications:Applicants must have earned a PhD or equivalent degree in sociology, women’s, gender & sexuality studies, anthropology, public health, bioethics, or a related field by January 2019. Experience with qualitative methods and data analytic techniques is requiredApplication Process:Qualified and interested applicants must complete our online application process by visiting https://job.uc.edu (
Search Requisition #31866). In addition to the application, applicants must submit a current copy of their curriculum vitae; please use the additional documents function and attach a cover letter expressing their knowledge, experience and interests in reproductive health research and details about training and work experience to date; one writing sample; and send contact information for two academic references to Dr. Danielle Bessett (email@example.com). Applicants who have not yet completed their Ph.D. must also include a letter from their Committee or Department Chair specifying the date of the dissertation defense.
Location: University of Cincinnati