We are seeking a postdoctoral fellow to join two CDC-funded research studies to increase HPV vaccination in primary care settings. Through survey and implementation research, the first study will identify and train primary care providers in a structured approach to communicating with vaccine hesitant parents. Through a large-scale RCT, the second study will evaluate systems-level quality improvement strategies to inform CDC’s national AFIX program. Both studies offer the opportunity for multiple first-author papers, collaboration with CDC partners, and funding to support conference travel.
Led by PIs Noel Brewer and Melissa Gilkey, we are a dynamic and highly-productive team of behavioral scientists based in the University of North Carolina’s Gillings School of Global Public Health. Our portfolio of research has garnered national media attention (www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2016/12/05/504136418/when-doctors-talk-to-parents-about-hpv-vaccine-make-it-brief ) and yielded evidence-based intervention tools that have been disseminated nationally to improve HPV vaccination (www.hpviq.org ) We have extensive experience mentoring early career investigators, with our postdocs going on to tenure-track faculty positions in R1 universities including Ohio State, Harvard and Georgetown. Our structured approach to postdoctoral training is a good fit for quantitatively-oriented aspiring academics who are bright, productive, and fun to work with. Postdocs benefit from membership in Dr. Brewer’s Health Cognition and Behavior Lab as well as a wide array of resources in the School of Public Health and the Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center.
Responsibilities will include: • Preparing survey findings for publication in leading academic journals in collaboration with our team. • Leading planned formative research and intervention development activities; assisting with survey development; creating training protocols and assisting with data collection. • Developing new ideas and incorporating them into planned or new research; assisting with grant writing; handling administrative tasks, potentially including managing IRB applications. • Presenting research at national conferences and meetings; attending research seminars; mentoring graduate students and staff as needed.
PhD in Public Health, Psychology, or related behavioral science field.
Qualifications and Experience
Must have training in quantitative statistical methods.
Experience in HPV vaccination, adolescent health, or cancer prevention is helpful but not required
Internal Number: PDS002273
About University of North Carolina
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the nation’s first public university, is a global higher education leader known for innovative teaching, research and public service. A member of the prestigious Association of American Universities, Carolina regularly ranks as the best value for academic quality in U.S. public higher education.
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