Open Postdoctoral Fellowship Positions at SOM-JHU

Below are current postdoctoral fellowship positions that are open at SOM-JHU. For additional details on an open position, contact the primary faculty on the listing.

Department of Pediatrics Division of Adolescent and Young Adult Health in the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine 

The Department of Pediatrics Division of Adolescent and Young Adult Health in the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine is pleased to announce an opening for a Postdoctoral Fellow. The Fellow will work under the mentorship of the Principal Investigator, Dr. Arik V. Marcell, focused on his young men’s health research portfolio program. Dr. Marcell’s research focuses on understanding strategies to improve the health of young male populations who have historically received little attention by medicine and public health in the areas of family planning and sexual and reproductive health and expectant father involvement as a key member of the family triad. He conducts community- and clinic-based interdisciplinary research using mixed-methods and technology-based interventional approaches that integrate behavioral science, health services research, and public health practice.

His young men’s health research portfolio program ranges from increasing male adolescents’ and young adults’ involvement in family planning and sexual health and routine well-visits to assisting fathers-to-be to increase involvement in infant care. He is currently funded by the NIH NICHD R01 HD109141 to examine the Health-E You randomized control trial designed to test the efficacy of a pre-visit mobile health app for sexually active male adolescent patients to promote family planning and sexual and reproductive health care receipt where currently no such strategy exists. He was recently funded by the NICHD R21 HD097453 to examine the acceptability, feasibility, and preliminary efficacy of a text messaging program to increase expectant fathers’ infant engagement during their partner’s pregnancy through early infancy connected via maternity care. He is now funded by the NICHD 1R21HD112617 to the adapt and pilot test text4FATHER for use with first-time fathers nationally connected from social media. He is also currently funded by the AHRQ (1R03HS029351-01) and the MCHB (1R42MC49146-01-00) to examine longitudinal well-visits and receipt of preventive care by gender using the NIH NEXT longitudinal secondary dataset.

His young men’s health research portfolio program has focal areas including:

  1. Research using qualitative and quantitative studies and research involving tenets of person-centered design to achieve research study aims and improve the evidence-base to support improvements for the field.
  2. Analysis through highlighting disparities and inequities and identifying strategies for improvement;
  3. Training masters and doctoral students via a mentorship program;
  4. Dissemination and application through presentations, publications, and community involvement.

Specific duties & responsibilities:

The Postdoctoral Fellow will perform work under the supervision of experienced researchers and will have access to exceptional resources to: (1) gain training in research design and execution; (2) explore and submit complementary research contributions; and (3) gain valuable experience in publishing, grant-writing, and project management for the next stage of their research and/or practice-oriented career. The Fellow will gain experience with research activities focused on young men’s health, including leading data analysis and program coordination activities.

The primary responsibility of the Fellow will be to collaborate with the various members of the research teams, and the Principal Investigator to carry out an array of activities in support of the research portfolio. These include but are not limited to:

  • Participate in data collection, data management, and data analysis;
  • Assist in grant development for ongoing and new research activities;
  • Participate in dissemination activities, including manuscript development and conference presentations;
  • Perform other related duties as assigned. (The omission of specific duties does not preclude the supervisor from assigning duties that are logically related to the position.)

The fellowship appointment will be for 1-2 years, with funding for the second year contingent upon a successful first year. The position provides salary and benefits consistent with NIH postdoctoral fellows.

Minimum qualifications (mandatory):

Doctoral degree in related discipline.

Preferred qualifications:

Preferred candidates will be highly organized, meticulous to details and deadlines, have prior experience working with adolescents, inclusive of male adolescents, as part of public health practice; have prior experience with clinical trial procedures; qualitative, quantitative research skills

Special knowledge, skills, and abilities:

• Proficient in Microsoft Word and Excel, RedCap, Qualtrics

• Attention to detail

• Able to handle sensitive information

• Strong communication and writing skills

• Strong work ethic and ability to work independently

• Resolves problems that arise and/or effectively communicates them to the direct supervisor

• Joins regular team meetings

Good written and verbal communication skills

Strong organizational skills and attention to detail

Experience with qualitative and quantitative data analysis

Must demonstrate strong critical thinking and analytical reasoning skills.

Ability to execute assigned project tasks within established schedule.

Ability to work collaboratively in a team environment.

Ability to communicate effectively with a study team.

Strong problem identification and resolution skills.

Ability to balance multiple tasks simultaneously and quickly switch between priorities/tasks.

Ability to interact with all levels of staff and adapt to a rapidly changing work environment.

Advanced critical thinking skills and ability to apply these skills in various situations.

Awareness of the need for timely communication, ability to identify potential barriers and strategies, and ability to synthesize and integrate information.

For questions about the position or how to apply please contact Maria Curry ([email protected]), Kia Harris ([email protected]), or Dr. Arik Marcell ([email protected])