Postdoctoral Scholar in Sexual and Gender Minority Adolescent Health

The IMPACT LGBT Health and Development Program within the Northwestern Institute for Sexual and Gender Minority Health and Wellbeing (ISGMH) seeks a post-doc to be involved in several studies on sexual health and HIV prevention among sexual and gender minority (SGM) youth, including a focus on adolescent men who have sex with men (MSM). Projects are at varying stages of completion, which offers the opportunity to be involved in the launch of new projects and the analysis of data and publication from nearly-completed projects. Project focus areas include ethical issues in SGM adolescent sexual health and HIV prevention research, understanding geosocial networking app use and sexual behavior among adolescent MSM, and an online sex education and HIV prevention program for adolescent MSM, among others. Research activities include online survey and qualitative research, presentations to youth advisory councils, analysis of existing data, and authoring and co-authoring manuscripts. Opportunities exist to gain exposure and mentorship on grant writing. The post-doctoral scholar will be mentored by Dr. Kathryn Macapagal and Dr. Brian Mustanski and will also have opportunities to collaborate with other ISGMH faculty members.

ISGMH is the nation’s first university-wide center focused exclusively on LGBTQ health.  It provides leadership and infrastructure that promotes innovative, multidisciplinary research to improve the health and well-being of SGM individuals and communities.  The IMPACT Program is housed within ISGMH and the Department of Medical Social Sciences in the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.  The mission of the IMPACT Program is to conduct translational research that improves the health of the LGBTQ youth. It was founded by Dr. Brian Mustanski in 2008 and has been the home to many federal- and foundation-funded research projects. The Program’s multidisciplinary team includes 9 doctoral-level scientists, 3 post-docs, multiple masters’ level staff, a team of research assistants and data managers, and a program coordinator for administrative support.

Eligibility: Completion of the doctorate prior to the start of the position is required for postdoctoral scholars. It is preferred that the candidate has a doctorate in the social/behavioral/health sciences or a related field. Experience with qualitative methods, Internet-based research, research on sexual or gender minority health, HIV/AIDS, and/or sexual behavior is preferred. Start date is flexible ranging from immediately through winter 2018.  Applications will be reviewed as received so interested candidates should apply as soon as possible regardless of their preferred start date.

To apply:  Applicants should email application materials to Dr. Kathryn Macapagal c/o Shawna Davis ([email protected]).  Applications should include a CV and a cover letter explaining fit with this position, research experience, career goals, and then name of two references that will be contacted only for finalists. Consideration of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.  Northwestern University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. Applications from women and minorities are encouraged.

ISGMH Diversity Statement: ISGMH’s commitment to diversity is critical to our mission of advancing access to excellence in academic programs, world-class research, and health programs. Engagement in discrimination or harassment against any person because of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, marital status, military service, disability, sexual orientation, and gender identity or expression will not be tolerated. Through its work, ISGMH advances the health and wellbeing of LGBTQ individuals. Staff and trainees should expect to find a diversity of sexual orientations and gender identities among ISGMH staff, trainees, research participants, and in outreach experiences. We highlight the importance of respecting and valuing this aspect of diversity among staff and trainees.