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

Position ID:Cornell-Cornell Jeb E. Brooks School of Public Policy-POSTDOCVFAR [#27438, WDR-00044457]
Position Title: Postdoctoral Associate, Advancing a Vision for Antiracist Health Policy (VFAR)
Position Type:Postdoctoral
Position Location:Ithaca, New York 14853, United States [map] sort by distance
Subject Area: Public Policy / Policy Analysis
Salary Range:$56,484.00 to $80,000.00
Appl Deadline: (posted 2024/04/05, updated 2024/04/02, listed until 2024/10/02)
Position Description:    

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The Cornell Jeb E. Brooks School of Public Policy at Cornell University invites applications for a Postdoctoral Associate position. We seek an independent and highly motivated researcher with strong skills in qualitative methods and expertise in health equity, racial equity, and public policy.

The Postdoc Associate will work closely with Dr. Jamila Michener and Dr. Jeff Niederdeppe on a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation grant entitled “Advancing a Vision for Antiracist Health Policy (VFAR).” The specific responsibilities of the postdoc will include (but are not limited to) developing discussion group moderator guides for a large focus group and interview study, conducting a qualitative analysis of transcripts and field notes, and summarizing insights for both expert and lay audiences through peer-reviewed publications, reports, and presentations. This work will involve close collaboration with community partners. No teaching is associated with the position, but the Postdoctoral Associate will be expected to actively contribute to broader VFAR grant activities. The Postdoctoral Associate will also be given mentorship and dedicated time to pursue their own scholarship.

Successful candidates will have received a doctorate prior to starting the position. The fellowship is for a 1-year term with the possibility of renewal, pending the availability of funding. The position will begin as early as July 2024.

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

Applications must include: (a) Cover letter describing interest and qualifications for the position; (b) Curriculum vitae; (c) Writing sample; (d) Description of experience with, and/or approaches to, fostering learning, research, service, and/or outreach in a diverse community; and (e) Two letters of reference. The cover letter should include some perspective on the candidate’s past efforts and future plans to advance racial equity in health.

Applications will be reviewed immediately and accepted until the position is filled. The salary for this position is highly competitive and commensurate with the experience required.

Materials should be submitted online to Academic Jobs Online at the following link: 

Pay Range: $56,484.00 to $80,000.00 – The hiring rate of pay for the successful candidate will be determined considering the following criteria:

Applications will be reviewed immediately and continue until a candidate is selected. Please apply by April 19, 2024, for full consideration. For questions regarding the position, please contact Search Committee Chair Professor Jamila Michener at

The Cornell Jeb E. Brooks School of Public Policy was established in 2021 to tackle the most pressing policy challenges we face in the U.S. and globally. To advance this goal, we are hiring world-class research scholars and educators across various disciplines oriented toward policy engagement and impact.

The Cornell community embraces diversity and inclusion. We strongly encourage individuals from underrepresented and/or marginalized identities to apply. We value AA/EEO, Protected Veterans, and Individuals with Disabilities and seek candidates who will create a climate that attracts persons of all races, ethnicities, and genders. We also recognize a lawful preference in employment practices for Native Americans living on or near Indian reservations.

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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:
Submit the following items online at this website to complete your application:
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