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Job Title: Postdoc (Open Field),Transdisciplinary Research
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Organization: Virginia Commonwealth University
Posted: 8/10/2018
Type: Full-Time
Industry: Academic Institutions
Number of Openings: 1
Location: Richmond,  VA    USA
Compensation: 52000
Position Description: Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU), the Institute for Inclusion, Inquiry, and Innovation (iCubed) and the School of Medicine seek applicants for a full-time, 12-month appointment as an open-discipline post-doctoral fellow in the Oral Health and Childhood and Adolescence Transdisciplinary Core and The School of Dentistry. The core’s mission is to identify and remove the educational, political, psychological, social and nutritional barriers to the prevention and treatment of dental caries (tooth decay) in the children and adolescents of Richmond.

The core’s mission is to identify and remove the educational, political, psychological, social and nutritional barriers to the prevention and treatment of dental caries (tooth decay) in the children and adolescents of Richmond.

The Institute for Inclusion, Inquiry & Innovation (iCubed) at VCU builds human capital across the university and community. It connects multiple disciplines and lived experiences through the creation of transdisciplinary cores, which are university- community partnerships that endeavor to solve problems that disproportionately affect populations in urban areas.

The School of Dentistry’s Department of Oral Health Promotion and Community Outreach transforms both the oral health and its relationship to overall health landscape through multidisciplinary and translational research, education, and service. Utilizing rigorous quantitative and qualitative methods and engaging diverse communities, the department develops and evaluates programs and policies designed to promote health, improve health care delivery, and reduce oral health disparities. Partnering with the School of Medicine, School of Education, Wilder School of Policy and Government, and Bridging Richmond, the department provides training to and promotes excellence in the next generation of health services research and policy practitioners, educators, and scientists.

The work will involve collaborative work with a multidisciplinary team, to include engaging faculty and community partners in projects focused on disease prevention and health promotion. The postdoctoral fellow plays a major role in contributing to and originating research and grant applications and in measuring the impact and outcomes related to the VCU iCubed Transdisciplinary Core on Oral Health in Childhood and Adolescence. The fellow may coordinate data from various data repositories such as Bridging Richmond’s Education Data Project (, health care claims data, national data sets and the Center for Urban and Regional Analysis ( to better understand oral health disparities in childhood. The fellow will also be supported in pursuing additional research of fellow interest. Training will be available to develop skills in community based participatory research, team science research approaches, and transitioning to careers inside and outside academia.

The fellow will collaborate both locally and in collaborating centers at other locations. Given the nature of the work, applicants will need to have consistent access to personal transportation in order to effectively collaborate in work throughout Richmond, VA.

Teaching opportunities may be available, based upon unit need and fellow expertise. Teaching may focus upon socio-behavioral curriculum for students, health disparities, and special topic courses. They will demonstrate through research, teaching, and/or community engagement the richness of diversity in the learning experience and will integrate multicultural approaches and perspectives into instructional methods and research tools.

The proposed hire date is July 1, 2018.

Qualifications: - A strong desire to engage in collaborative, translational, team science (prior research in oral health is not required) -Terminal degree and expertise in a health-related field, such as epidemiology, public health, Educational Leadership, Policy and Justice, health administration, health behavior, health policy, translational research, or medical sociology -Data analysis experience in SAS, R, SPSS, STATA, or equivalent statistical software -Excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills -Experiential learning through lived experiences and/or professional service that inform worldviews and/or perspectives about minority group status, to include race, age, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, religion, and disability.

Preferred Qualifications -Experience in or familiarity with community-based participatory research -Skills related to manuscript preparation and grant writing

Organization Description:

Closing Date: 10/31/2018
Desired Starting Date:
Contact Name: Emily Avesian,  Postdoc (Open Field),Transdisciplinary Research
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Contact Phone: 8048286827 
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How to Apply: Application review will begin immediately. Only electronic applications submitted via VCU eJobs will be accepted. Within the application, please supply current contact information for three professional / academic references. Please attach a vita and a cover letter. Applicants are encouraged to address translational scholarship experience a/o potential. Any supplemental materials must be combined as a single PDF and uploaded in the “Other Documents” section.

For more information on our school, please visit services/. For more information on iCubed, please visit For questions related to the position, please contact Tegwyn Brickhouse, Director of Oral Health Services Research Core at or Emily Avesian, Talent Acquisition Partner at

Virginia Commonwealth University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action university providing access to education and employment without regard to race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, age, sex (including pregnancy), political affiliation, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression or disability.

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Additional Information: The Talent Acquisition Partner welcomes emails/ calls.

Postion is open until filled

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