Cornell University, Cornell Jeb E. Brooks School of Public Policy

Position ID:Cornell-Cornell Jeb E. Brooks School of Public Policy-COMMHSPPDA [#22848, WDR-00033629]
Position Title: COMM HSP Postdoctoral Associate
Position Type:Postdoctoral
Position Location:Ithaca, New York 14853, United States [map] sort by distance
Subject Areas: Political Science
Social Sciences
Public Policy
Communications / Communication
Appl Deadline: finished (2022/09/21, finished 2023/09/23)
Position Description:    

*** this position has been closed and new applications are no longer accepted. ***

Postdoctoral Associate - The Collaborative on Media and Messaging for Health and Social Policy
Jeb E. Brooks School of Public Policy
Cornell University

The Collaborative on Media and Messaging for Health and Social Policy (COMM HSP) team at Cornell University invites applications for a Postdoctoral Associate. We are seeking an independent and highly motivated researcher with interests and expertise in health equity, racism, politics, and public policy. 

The Postdoc Associate will work closely with Dr.’s Jamila Michener, Neil Lewis, and Jeff Niederdeppe on a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation grant entitled, “Developing Rapidly Responsive Community Engaged Research on Media Messaging and Narrative Change Strategies to Promote Health and Racial Equity.” The specific responsibilities of the postdoc will include (but are not limited to) analyzing policy content, synthesizing publicly available public opinion data on relevant health and social policies, assisting in conducting experiments, drafting policy reports, and supporting engagement with state and local community partners. There is no teaching associated with the position, but the Postdoctoral Associate will be expected to be an active contributor to COMM HSP activities. The 
Postdoctoral Associate will also be given mentorship and dedicated time to pursue their own scholarship. 

Successful candidates will have a doctorate before starting the position. The fellowship has a 2-year term beginning as soon as January 2023. 

We especially welcome applicants with degrees in Political Science, Public Policy, Communication, or a related social science field. The most competitive candidates will have proficiency working collaboratively on multidisciplinary research teams. Candidates should also have a scholarly record that displays a commitment to advancing research on health policy and racial equity. We strongly encourage underrepresented scholars who have been historically and structurally excluded from research and funding opportunities to apply. 

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Complete applications include 1) a cover letter 2) a curriculum vitae 3) a writing sample 4) statement of contribution to diversity, equity and inclusion and 5) the names and contact information of two reference writers. The cover letter should include some perspective on the candidate’s past efforts and future plans to advance racial equity in health. 

Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue on a rolling basis until the position is filled. The salary for this position is highly competitive and commensurate with the experience required.

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Pay Ranges:

The hiring rate of pay for the successful candidate will be determined considering the following criteria:

  • Prior relevant work or industry experience.
  • Education level to the extent education is relevant to the position.
  • Academic Discipline (faculty pay ranges reflects 9-month annual salary)
  • Unique applicable skills.

Application Materials Required:
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Further Info:
2301F MVR Hall
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY 14853