Postdoctoral Position in Dietary Policies and Cardiovascular Disease Prevention

Required/Preferred

Education, Experience, Skills:

Applicants must have a PhD/DrPH/ScD in nutrition, nutritional epidemiology, public health nutrition, food/nutrition policy, epidemiology, public health or related fields; as well as a strong record of original, first-author, publications in one or more of these areas. Candidates should have excellent written and oral communication skills, strong quantitative/analytical research skills, experience using STATA, SPSS, SAS, or R for both data management and analysis, and the ability to work well independently and as part of a team with collaborators.

Preferred Education, Experience and Skills

In addition, formal training is preferred in some combination of policy modeling, cost-effectiveness analyses, modeling non-communicable disease burdens, and epidemiology.

Duties & Responsibilities:

An outstanding candidate is sought to work on an original research project supported by the National Institute of Health (NIH/NHLBI R01 Award) entitled “Economic Analyses of Policy Strategies to Improve Diet and Reduce Cardiovascular Disease” (https://www.food-price.org/). The aims of the overall project are to: (1) investigate the cost of implementing specific evidence-based policy strategies to improve diet and reduce cardiovascular disease in the US; (2) estimate the cost-effectiveness of evidence-based policy strategies to improve diet and reduce cardiovascular disease and disparities in the US; and (3) evaluate the political and legal feasibility of cost-effective policy strategies to improve diet and reduce cardiovascular disease in the US.

This postdoctoral fellow will work with the Principal Investigator (PI), other project faculty, and the rest of the research team to achieve the project aims. She or he will focus on leading of analyses, abstract preparation, and manuscript drafting, with a focus on policy-relevant, peer-reviewed scientific abstracts and manuscripts on health and economic impacts of several nutrition policies, and in relation to type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease outcomes. This person will mainly be involved in the design and development of policy options, estimating intervention costs, and modeling short, medium and long-term costs and cardiometabolic disease benefits of selected nutrition policies in the US population, using microsimulation models in close collaboration with the modelers. Heterogeneity in cost-effectiveness will also be assessed for example by age, sex, race/ethnicity, education, or income, and as such potential effects on disparities. We anticipate the postdoctoral fellow leading at least 1-2 manuscripts per year, and contributing to several more as a co-author. The Postdoctoral fellow will also interact with our Policy Advisory Group (https://www.food-price.org/advisory-groups) that includes key experts with knowledge and expertise on the design and implementation of food policies, and participate in planning of stakeholder meetings. The overall work and findings will be critical to inform the planning, implementation and evaluation of evidence-based dietary strategies to achieve optimal cardiovascular health and reduce inequalities. The publication of research findings in high-quality journals and national and international conferences is expected.

The mentoring and training will be under the direction of PI Renata Micha, Research Associate Professor in the Friedman School of Nutrition Science & Policy at Tufts University in close collaboration with Dr. Dariush Mozaffarian, Dean of the Friedman School of Nutrition Science & Policy at Tufts University. Under their leadership, the post-doctoral fellow will also work with a multi-disciplinary team, including nutritionists, medical doctors, public health/policy experts, epidemiologists, statisticians/modelers, decision scientists, policy makers, and health economists, and will also have the opportunity to interface with national and international experts and stakeholders. Major emphasis will be placed on leading original analyses and manuscripts, career development, and transition toward an independent research career. A competitive salary, benefits, and travel/educational opportunities in the interdisciplinary environment at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy are offered.

In addition to this project, candidates will have the opportunity to participate in additional research given their experience and interests, within the larger research team of Dean Dariush Mozaffarian. Examples may include conducting pooled epidemiological analyses (http://force.nutrition.tufts.edu) or collaborating with the development of a global dietary database (http://www.globaldietarydatabase.org).

This position is anticipated to be for 2 years. The initial appointment is for 1 year with annual renewal conditional on performance. The ability to work in the US is required in order to apply for this position.

Preferred starting date in mid Spring/early Summer 2018. Candidates from all over the world are encouraged to apply who should be willing to conduct their research work in the US, in the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University, Boston.

Application Instructions:

Application should include:

1. Cover letter describing previous achievements, research interests, career goals, and why the candidate is suitable for this position (maximum 2 pages)

2. CV including a list of relevant publications

3. Official copy of academic transcript(s)

4. Names, e-mail addresses, and telephone numbers for at least two academic referees (or reference letters from these individuals, if available).

Applications should be sent by e-mail (one pdf file) with the subject heading “Food Policy Post-Doc Application” to Carrianne Crummett (Carrianne.crummett@tufts.edu). Applications will be considered as they are received.

Position Type: 
Postdoctoral

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