Postdoctoral Scholar in Sexual and Gender Minority Health & Couple Research

We strongly encourage people of color, transgender and non-binary people, and women to apply. We welcome everyone, including non-LGBTQ people, to join our team.

The Northwestern Institute for Sexual and Gender Minority Health and Wellbeing (ISGMH) seeks a post-doc to contribute to a program of research focused on health disparities impacting sexual and gender minority youth. This position will be funded by several projects focused on romantic relationships, sexual health, and HIV prevention in young male couples. More specifically, grants funding this position are conducting trials of the 2GETHER intervention–a relationship education and HIV prevention program for young male couples. Research activities include project-related responsibilities (e.g., facilitating sessions), authoring and co-authoring manuscripts, analysis of existing data, and collaborating on ongoing projects. If applications are Clinical Psychologists or other licensure-seeking professionals, there are opportunities for gaining hours toward licensure. In addition to the 2GETHER datasets of young male couples, existing data sources for analysis and dissemination include two large 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 and mentorship on grant writing. The post-doctoral scholar will be mentored directly by Dr. Michael Newcomb and will also have opportunities to collaborate with other ISGMH faculty members.

Research projects that offer opportunities for analyses and publication include:

  • 2GETHER: 2GETHER is a relationship education and HIV prevention program for young male couples. This 4-session program (a hybrid of 2 group and 2 individualized couple sessions) is being evaluated in 2 randomized controlled trials (RCTs). 2GETHER Chicago is evaluating efficacy of 2GETHER in an attention-matched RCT, delivered face-to-face. 2GETHER USA is delivering the intervention online via videoconference to couples across the U.S. These trials are funded by NIAAA and NIDA, respectively. The Postdoctoral Scholar will participate in these studies, as well as follow-up studies that are likely to begin the next year.
  • FAB400: Funded by an R01 from NICHD, FAB400 is a longitudinal cohort study of young sexual and gender minorities assigned female at birth. FAB400 has collected 7 waves of data, separated by 6 months, spanning 3.5 years. Key outcomes include intimate partner violence, relationship health, mental health, and substance use.
  • RADAR: Funded by a U01 from NIDA (and recently renewed for a second 5-year period), RADAR is a longitudinal cohort study of young sexual and gender minorities assigned male at birth focused on understanding multilevel influences on HIV and substance use. D2D: Funded by an R01 from NIMHD, D2D is a sub-study of RADAR that is conducting mixed-methods research that aims to characterize racial differences in patterns of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) use among young men who have sex with men. D2D includes a 90-day daily diary study of PrEP adherence among PrEP-users from the RADAR cohort, and in-depth interviews to better contextualize varied patterns of use.

Northwestern’s Institute for Sexual and Gender Minority Health and Wellbeing (ISGMH) is the nation’s first university-wide center focused exclusively on sexual and gender minority health. It provides leadership and infrastructure that promotes innovative, multidisciplinary research to improve the health and well-being of SGM individuals and communities. The research projects funding this position sit within ISGMH’s IMPACT Program. The mission of the IMPACT Program is to conduct translational research that improves the health of the SGM 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 7 faculty, 6 post-docs, multiple masters’ level staff, a team of research assistants and data managers, and 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, couple health, or HIV/AIDS required. Start date is flexible, ranging from spring through summer 2021 (we will prioritize fit with research projects over preferred start date). 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. 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. Consideration of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

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.

Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer of all protected classes, including veterans and individuals with disabilities. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the United States.