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Assistant or Associate Professor – RADAR Study Team Scientist

Assistant or Associate Professor – RADAR Study Team Scientist

The Institute for Sexual and Gender Minority Health and Wellbeing (ISGMH) and the Center for Translational Health Research and Interventions Advancing Equity for Sexual and Gender Minorities (THRIVE) at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine (FSM) seek a full-time non-tenure-eligible Team Scientist at the rank of Assistant/Associate Professor to join the faculty as a key member of the RADAR Study.  


Position Description

The RADAR study was launched in 2014 to provide critical insights into risk and protective factors for HIV and drug use and to identify facilitators and barriers to the implementation of an effective strategy to end the HIV epidemic. Specifically, RADAR seeks to understand the connections between sexually transmitted infections (STIs), substance use, and romantic relationship patterns over time among young men who have sex with men (YMSM) and transgender women. RADAR is a multilevel research study that incorporates biological, dyadic, and network components to provide an unprecedented view into HIV transmission epidemiology.

The RADAR Study team science position works with the study PI (Mustanski) and working group leaders (Newcomb, D’Aquila) to advance the scientific needs of the RADAR study as well as lead research papers, meetings, scientific advisory boards, and pursues new collaborations and project supplements. While the primary focus of the role is working on the RADAR study and its many sub-studies, the Candidate will be appointed as a team scientist, which can include the opportunity to serve as a site-PI or PI on some of their own grants and help build the NIH HIV grant portfolio at Northwestern. The team scientist may also be able to work on other aspects of HIV research that advance sexual and gender minority health and can have interest and/or a focus in areas aligned with HIV, such as substance use, mental health, wellbeing, aging, and other foci related to other health issues affecting sexual and gender minority populations. Given the multidisciplinary team of investigators and the multilevel nature of the RADAR study, the candidate can have a background in any health, social, behavioral, or biomedical field.  

To apply: Applicants should apply via the following link:

Applications should include a CV and a cover letter explaining fit with this position, relevant work or educational experiences, including experiences with LGBTQ+ communities, communities of color, and/or organizations serving these populations; and the names of four references who will be contacted only for finalists. Consideration of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

The Institute for Sexual and Gender Minority Health and Wellbeing (ISGMH) at Northwestern University, founded in 2015 and housed on Northwestern’s Chicago campus, 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 wellbeing of LGBTQ+ individuals and communities. The Institute provides unique opportunities for exceptional research and training for the next generation of LGBTQ+ scholars, and it utilizes innovative modalities to disseminate knowledge widely to the LGBTQ+ community, the public at large, scholars, service providers, educators, and policymakers. Currently, ISGMH has 20 core faculty, over 110 staff and trainees, and over 30 faculty affiliates across Northwestern.

The Center for Translational Health Research and Interventions Advancing Equity for Sexual and Gender Minorities (THRIVE) combines unique and diverse expertise across various sexual and gender minority (SGM) health topics and research methodologies. Its faculty and staff are national leaders in research on SGM adolescent and young adult sexual health and HIV/STI prevention, bisexual health, queer women’s health, alcohol and drug use, mental health, and romantic relationships and intimate partner violence. Their research methods expertise includes longitudinal cohort studies, qualitative and mixed methods, intervention development, randomized controlled trial (RCT) design, eHealth and technology-based intervention approaches, and implementation science.

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.