Postdoctoral Fellow in HIV and Biomedical Prevention

The Northwestern Institute for Sexual and Gender Minority Health and Wellbeing (ISGMH) seeks a postdoc to be involved in two ongoing studies of HIV and substance use in young gay bisexual and other men who have sex with men (YMSM).

  • RADAR is a large longitudinal cohort of YMSM and transgender women that aims to understand multilevel influences on HIV and substance use. The project integrates various data collection activities that aim to examine the effects of biological, network, neighborhood, dyadic and individual-level factors on myriad health outcomes, with an emphasis on HIV and substance use.
  • PrEP Use in YMSM is a newly-funded mixed-methods project that aims to characterize racial disparities in PrEP adherence and patterns of use. In Phase I of the project, we will conduct a daily diary study of PrEP users to empirically describe PrEP adherence, dosing strategies and usage patterns. In Phase II, we will conduct in-depth interviews with a subset YMSM PrEP users in the diary study who exhibited varying patterns of use to characterize YMSM perspectives on these issues.

The post-doc will participant in a diverse array of research activities, including project-related activities (e.g., overseeing the launch of the PrEP use daily diary study), authoring and co-authoring manuscripts, analysis of existing data, and collaborating on ongoing projects. In addition to the projects described above, there are multiple other existing data sources for analysis and dissemination, including several longitudinal cohort studies of the health and development of sexual minority and gender diverse youth. This position also offers the unique opportunity to work with ISGMH faculty as they seek to build new interdisciplinary collaborative research projects on sexual and gender minority health at Northwestern. Opportunities exist to gain exposure to and mentorship on grant writing.  The post-doctoral scholar will be mentored directly by Drs. Michael Newcomb and 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 LGBTQ individuals and communities. The IMPACT Program is based in ISGMH and is affiliated with 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 6 doctoral-level scientists, multiple masters’ level staff, a team of research assistants and data managers, and a full-time 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 conducting research on sexual and gender minority health, HIV/AIDS, or substance abuse required. Applications will be reviewed as received and continue until the position is filled. While we aim to fill this position quickly, we will prioritize fit with research projects over preferred start date.

To apply:  Applicants should email application materials to Dr. Michael Newcomb ( 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. Cover letter should explicitly outline methodological skills possessed by the applicant. 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: Northwestern University and 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.