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New Opportunity for Postdoctoral Research in Population Health

Population Health DiagramThe University of Rochester Clinical and Translational Science Institute (UR CTSI) is implementing a new Population Health Research Postdoctoral Fellowship Program to produce population health researchers who can conceptualize research across the translational spectrum – from molecules to populations. Applicants to the program may have backgrounds in basic, clinical, translational, or population health research and should have a strong publication record.

This postdoctoral fellowship will provide full funding for one year.

“Because this is one year postdoc, we are looking for people who are ready to hit the ground running,” says program director Deborah Ossip, Ph.D.  “We need people who will be able to maximize the benefits of this program.”

During that year, postdoctoral fellows will choose mentors and a research team and develop their own population health research projects within one of the program’s three tracks: Electronic Health Records as a Resource for Research; National, Regional, and Local Database Analytics; or Population Health Behavior Change. Mentoring teams must include members from basic science and population health as well as one mentor from another institution funded by the Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) program or UR partner institution working in a related area of research.

The program also requires fellows to complete at least one rotation in their area of interest, but at a different translational level from their previous work.

“If, for example, a candidate has previously done research mining Electronic Health Records to analyze re-hospitalization rates for older adults,” says Ossip, “they may want to do a rotation in a basic science lab that is studying cellular mechanisms underlying muscle atrophy during hospitalization.”

The goal is to help trainees think beyond their own research to see how it relates to people who are doing research at other stages. Ultimately, these rotations (fellows can do up to three) will foster networking across disciplines and translational stages that will help fellows emerge as leaders in translational and population health sciences.

Individual Development Plans (IDP) will also be created by fellows and their mentors. The IDP should help identify career development opportunities and support the fellow’s career goals – whether academic or non-academic. During the fellowship, which will be timed to allow three full semesters of course work, postdocs will have the opportunity to take individual courses at UR or at other institutions, or even complete a certificate or Master’s program.

Applications are now being accepted for the first postdoctoral position for this program, which will start Jan 1, 2017.  For more information, click here.

To apply, please send a cover letter, personal statement, full CV, and three letters of reference to Deborah Ossip, Ph.D.

Michael Hazard | 9/13/2016

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