Job Posting Title:Postdoctoral Fellow (Gaydosh)


Hiring Department:Population Research Center


Position Open To:All Applicants


Weekly Scheduled Hours:40


FLSA Status:Exempt


Earliest Start Date:Aug 01, 2021


Position Duration:Expected to Continue Until Jul 31, 2022




Job Description:The postdoctoral scholar will be expected to engage in advanced independent research in the area of biosocial approaches to health disparities and participate fully in the research life of the research group and the PRC. In addition to supervision by Professor Gaydosh, scholars are encouraged to work with others in the PRC. Scholars will be part of the new cluster on Biosocial Approaches to Health Disparities and join the Population Health group at the PRC, which includes faculty members Jacob Cheadle, Lauren Gaydosh, Bridget Goosby, Mark Hayward, and Debra Umberson. The initial term of appointment is one year, but reappointment for a second year is expected following successful review.


Job Details:

General Notes

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis starting December 11, 2020.


  • Analyze DNA methylation, gene expression, microbiome, biomarker, and/or behavioral data from longitudinal population-based data sources (such as the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent to Adult Health, the Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing Study, and the Vanderbilt University Social Networks, Aging, and Policy Study) 
  • Publish research of excellent standard 
  • Collaborate with PI and research team to develop and test new research questions 
  • Write scientific manuscripts and prepare paper presentations for scientific conferences 

Required Qualifications 

  • Ph.D. in sociology, demography, psychology, economics, genetics, biology, statistics, or a related field relevant to biosocial health research within the last three years
  • Experience with analyzing large data sets and strong statistical computing skills 
  • Ability to work as part of an interdisciplinary team 
  • Strong written and oral communication skills 
  • Relevant education and experience may be substituted as appropriate 


Preferred Qualifications 

  • Experience with the analysis of DNA methylation and/or gene expression data 
  • Substantive interest in life course health disparities 

Salary Range 

$52,704 + depending on qualifications 

Working Conditions 

  • Typical Office Environment 

Required Materials 

  • Resume/CV 
  • cover letter that addresses applicant’s research and training background in biosocial approaches to health disparities, training goals, and post-training career plans (2 pages maximum) 
  • 3 work references with their contact information; at least one reference should be from a supervisor 
  • Copies of writing samples (limit: 3) 

Important for applicants who are NOT current university employees or contingent workers: You will be prompted to submit your resume the first time you apply, then you will be provided an option to upload a new Resume for subsequent applications. Any additional Required Materials (letter of interest, references, etc.) will be uploaded in the Application Questions section; you will be able to multi-select additional files. Before submitting your online job application, ensure that ALL Required Materials have been uploaded.  Once your job application has been submitted, you cannot make changes. 

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Employment Eligibility:Please make sure you meet all the required qualifications and you can perform all of the essential functions with or without a reasonable accommodation.


Retirement Plan Eligibility:The retirement plan for this position is Teacher Retirement System of Texas (TRS), subject to the position being at least 20 hours per week and at least 135 days in length. This position has the option to elect the Optional Retirement Program (ORP) instead of TRS, subject to the position being 40 hours per week and at least 135 days in length.


Background Checks:

A criminal history background check will be required for finalist(s) under consideration for this position.


Equal Opportunity Employer:

The University of Texas at Austin, as an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action. The University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, religion, or veteran status in employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.


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Employment Eligibility Verification:

If hired, you will be required to complete the federal Employment Eligibility Verification I-9 form.  You will be required to present acceptable and original documents to prove your identity and authorization to work in the United States.  Documents need to be presented no later than the third day of employment.  Failure to do so will result in loss of employment at the university.



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