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Posted: April 24, 2015

Required Education, Experience and Skills

Applicants must have a recently-completed doctoral degree in an appropriate field such as epidemiology, economics, public health, policy analysis, or similar. Candidates should have strong quantitative research skills, experience using Stata, SPSS, SAS or R for data management and analysis, strong writing skills, and the ability to work independently as well as with (remote) collaborators. Candidates may have already worked as a full time researcher or in a postdoctoral training position.

Preferred Education, Experience and Skills

The ideal candidate will have formal training in a combination of A: epidemiology, nutritional science or public health and B: economics and/or public policy. Experience in one or more of the following areas is preferred: large dataset management and analysis, cost-effectiveness/cost-benefit analyses, meta-analysis/systematic reviews, and international nutrition (particularly for low- and middle-income countries). Experience working with secondary data is essential, including Demographic and Health Surveys, Living Standards Surveys, and/or nationally-representative income and expenditure surveys.

Duties & Responsibilities

An outstanding candidate is sought to work on research supported by UNICEF’s Regional Bureau for Asia, based in Boston at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy. The selected Postdoctoral Scholar will work under the supervision of Prof. Patrick Webb, and in collaboration with relevant UNICEF colleagues, to analyze and synthesize empirical evidence relating to nutrition patterns, trends, challenges, and interventions in low income countries, with a particular focus on South Asia. The incumbent will interface with a multi-disciplinary team of researchers at the Friedman School who work on related topics. The goal of this particular work is generate a series of publishable papers that add to the policy-relevant literature on the evolving nature of malnutrition in South Asia and beyond and best practices in addressing such problems. Emphasis will be placed on mentoring the Postdoctoral Scholar in career development. A competitive salary, benefits, and travel/educational opportunities in the interdisciplinary environment at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy are offered.

The fellowship is for a one year period, with a second year renewal conditional on performance. Position available immediately. The ability to work in the US is required in order to apply for this position. The candidate will have to prove eligibility by completing an I-9 Employment Eligibility Verification form.

Application Instructions

To apply, please send a research statement, CV, proof of Doctoral Degree completion, contact information for three references, and one sample publication by email to Ranjita Shrestha at Applications will be considered as they arrive and until the post is successfully filled.