Postdoctoral Fellow in Sexual Minority Women and Transgender Health

The Northwestern Institute for Sexual and Gender Minority Health and Wellbeing (ISGMH) seeks a postdoctoral scholar to be involved in FAB400, a large longitudinal cohort of young sexual and gender minorities assigned female at birth, including sexual minority women, transgender men and non-binary individuals assigned female at birth. Funded by an R01 from National Institute on Child Health and Human Development, FAB400 aims to understand risk and protective factors for intimate partner violence and other health issues. The project integrates various data collection activities that aim to examine the effects of multi-level influences on health, with an emphasis on relationships and intimate partner violence.

The postdoc will participate in a diverse array of research activities, including project-related activities (e.g., data collection, qualitative interviews), 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 mentorship on grant writing. The postdoctoral scholar will be mentored directly by Dr. Michael Newcomb, 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 research. It provides leadership and infrastructure that promotes innovative, multidisciplinary research to improve the health and wellbeing of LGBTQ individuals and communities. The IMPACT Program is jointly based 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 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, partner violence, or couple health is preferred. 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 the 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.