Maternal and Child Health Postdoctoral Fellowship

The University of South Florida is a metropolitan institution located in Tampa, Florida. USF offers comprehensive programs in public health, medicine, pharmacy, nursing, allied health sciences, business, engineering, arts and sciences, education, social work, and creative arts. USF offers unique opportunities for collaboration and research around the world but particularly with institutions in Latin America and the Caribbean. The Tampa Bay area is a dynamic and growing metropolitan area of over two million residents that offers a wide range of cultural, artistic, athletic, and recreational activities, excellent public schools, close proximity to Gulf of Mexico beaches and an affordable cost of living.

The USF COPH was the first accredited school of public health in the state of Florida, and it is a global resource with research and practice centers addressing areas of public health importance such as Maternal and Child Health, Occupational Health, Violence Prevention, Behavioral Health, and Biological Threats. In 2019, it received re-accreditation by CEPH for the full 7 years. The COPH’s mission is to provide excellence in public health education, leadership, advocacy, research and service; to nurture and motivate our students; and to deliver enhanced health and well-being to all humankind through collaborative partnerships with researchers, educators, health professionals and administrators. The vision of the college is be the exemplar catalyst for public health innovation and advancement of the profession, locally and globally. Core values of the COPH include: social responsibility; social justice; multidisciplinary approach, global perspective, altruism, diversity and inclusiveness, leadership, and academic excellence. The COPH’s leadership includes the Dean, four strategic lead areas (Policy, Practice and Leadership; Population Health Sciences; Global and Planetary Health; and Interdisciplinary Science and Practice), and a Faculty Assembly. The COPH has 241 faculty with regular, adjunct and affiliate appointments as well as 180 professional and support staff. The COPH offers two undergraduate degree programs (BSPH, BSHS); and five graduate degree programs (MPH, MSPH, MHA, PhD, and DrPH) and up to 15 concentration areas. The COPH has an active research program, with an increase in sponsored research dollars from $1 million in 1990-91 to approximately $25 million in current funding. The USF COPH houses the only MCH concentration in any School/College of Public Health in the state and is a recognized leader in the field.

The University of South Florida College of Public Health’s Center of Excellence in Maternal and Child Health Education, Science, and Practice (CoE) is recruiting for two postdoctoral fellows to contribute to the center’s research and teaching needs in maternal and child health (MCH) and to become prepared for MCH faculty positions and MCH leadership positions at the national and state levels. These are two-year fellowships funded by the HRSA’s Maternal and Child Health Bureau, with particular foci on research pertaining to maternal/infant health, child/adolescent health, women’s health, sexual/reproductive health, family/community violence, and unintentional injury. There is specific interest in recruiting individuals from racially/ethnically diverse backgrounds in addition to other underrepresented minority backgrounds.

Minimum Qualifications: 

  • Doctoral degree in maternal and child health, social/behavioral sciences, epidemiology, public health, or a closely related field to be earned prior to hiring date;
  • A publication record in peer-reviewed journals of recognized excellence; and
  • Teaching experience (may be as a teaching assistant or in another instructional capacity)

Preferred Qualifications:

  • A defined research focus including (but not limited to) maternal/infant health, child/adolescent health, women’s health, sexual/reproductive health, family/community violence, and unintentional injury;
  • Unique skillsets in advanced quantitative/qualitative research methodologies, MCH practice/policy development, social marketing, health education, epidemiology, quality improvement, dissemination and implementation science, health literacy, translational research, and/or new technology;
  • Established record of scholarly research, including extramural funding, and;
  • Enthusiasm for teaching and mentoring graduate students.

Responsibilities:  Fellows will be mentored by matched research faculty and develop plans for professional growth. In addition, the postdoctoral fellows will have the opportunity to collaborate with MCH faculty and postdoctoral fellows in other MCHB-funded programs, as well as with Title V and other MCH organizations and partners locally, regionally, and nationwide. Postdoctoral MCH research fellows will also participate/lead classes and seminars. Support for professional conferences and other dissemination activities will be provided. Fellows will teach one or two graduate classes per year and be expected to further their research by developing grant proposals with faculty and publishing in the peer-reviewed literature, in addition to collaborating with ongoing MCH faculty research.

Closing Date: Position will remain open until filled.

Salary & Benefits: Nationally competitive salary with excellent benefits.

To apply: Candidates must complete an online application to be considered for this position. Please visit https://www.usf.edu/work-at-usf/careers/ to access the careers Job posting # 30102. Applicants should submit a curriculum vitae (CV) and a cover letter indicating how minimum and preferred qualifications are met. Unofficial graduate education transcripts and a list of five references will also be required. An employment background check is required.

Affirmative Action: According to Florida law, search records, including applications and search committee meetings, are open to the public. The University of South Florida is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action, and Equal Access institution. Applicants who need disability accommodations in order to participate in the selection process should notify Lisa Sleek, Staff Assistant, at the College of Public Health at 813.396.9103 or TDD 813/974-2218 at least five working days in advance of need.

USF is an equal opportunity, equal access academic institution that embraces diversity in the workplace.