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Postdoctoral Associate
University at Buffalo, The State University of New York

Date Posted Apr. 23, 2019
Title Postdoctoral Associate
University University at Buffalo, The State University of New York
Buffalo, NY, United States
Department Global Health Equity
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Graduate Student
  • Public Health/Biostatistics/Epidemiology
    Community Health

Position Summary
Applications are invited for an outstanding postdoctoral scholar to join a university-wide interdisciplinary research initiative on Food Equity and Global Health. Joining an interdisciplinary team of faculty, post-docs, graduate students, and research staff across multiple schools, including the Schools of Public Health and Health Professions, the School of Architecture and Planning, and the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, the selected postdoctoral scholar will focus their research on alleviating food and related health inequities by harnessing the power of non-health disciplines including urban, regional and rural planning and policy; applied economics; international development; social work; or related disciplines. Postdocs will have the opportunity to explore how human health is influenced by inequities across complex environments, including social, built or chemical environments. The candidate will join the Planning for Regenerative Equitable Food Systems in Urbanizing Global Environments (Plan-REFUGE) project, under the larger Food Equity team, and develop a research portfolio working under the guidance of faculty mentors in the School of Architecture and Planning, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, and the School of Public Health and Health Professions. The primary mentor for this post-doctoral position is Dr. Samina Raja, and the successful candidate will join the UB Food Systems Planning and Healthy Communities Lab (Food Lab) housed in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning. The Food Lab is an inclusive lab team that values, and brings, diverse experiences to its collective work.

In this position, you will:

  • Conduct and publish independent research on the role of local government policy and planning on health and food equity.
  • Contribute expertise to analyzing existing international and U.S.-based datasets.
  • Collaborate with faculty aligned with the Food Equity project in the Community for Global Health Equity.
  • Mentor and advise undergraduate and graduate students aligned with the Food Equity project in the Community for Global Health Equity and Food Lab.
  • Develop research proposals, including generating original scholarship and contributing to ongoing research through the Community for Global Health Equity
  • Collaborate with international studies or cohorts at other institutions.

About the UB Community for Global Health Equity
The grand challenge of global health inequity is one of the defining issues of the 21st century, attracting unprecedented levels of interest and the attention of thinkers who are concerned about the underlying social, economic, political, and environmental factors, in addition to the biomedical manifestations of this challenge. The UB Community for Global Health Equity (CGHE) was established in July 2015 to bring the strength of UB faculty across many disciplines to bear on this most vexing of world problems. The UB CGHE advances global health equity by harnessing the power of interdisciplinary scholarship and action spanning architecture, planning, engineering, social sciences, and supportive disciplines (APEX disciplines). Read more about UB CGHE here.
The selected postdoctoral scholar will be from an APEX discipline, and will join a team of faculty and researchers across multiple disciplines including public health and APEX disciplines.

The WHO defines health inequity as "unjust differences in health between persons of different social groups." These differences between one population (and group) and another are due, in part, to one or more of the following systemic barriers:

1. gaps in foundational science (e.g., lack of drug discovery to treat neglected tropical diseases)
2. socio-cultural barriers or phenomena (e.g., gender gap in provision and utilization of healthcare)
3. ineffectual and or unjust public policies (e.g., land-use policies that (inadvertently) limit people’s access to nutritious foods)
4. ineffective practices or unequal access to best practices (e.g., lack of safe construction practices in hard-to-reach rural areas)

Low resources and or low capacity for change at global, social, and or institutional levels exacerbate these systemic barriers. This Community aims to "influence the influencers," the leaders, organizations, and policy makers that can reduce or eliminate barriers to improve global health and well-being for all in settings around the world:
1. research bodies (e.g., universities or funding agencies)
2. facilitative and dissemination organizations, including international organizations (e.g., state agency providing assistance to refugees or international organization promoting child health)
3. policy makers and implementers (e.g., ministries of rural development)
4. professional and practitioner organizations (e.g., urban planning organizations or organizations providing healthcare)

Application review, deadlines, and remuneration
Applications are being accepted on a rolling basis. The position is for one year. Salary and benefits are competitive and commensurate with experience. The University at Buffalo is an equal opportunity employer.

About the University at Buffalo

The University at Buffalo is a premier, research-intensive public university dedicated to academic excellence. It is the flagship and the largest and most comprehensive campus in the 64-campus State University of New York System. With 27,000 students, the University at Buffalo is a Carnegie Class I research university and a member of the Association of American Universities (AAU). The university offers 83 Ph.D. and 190 master’s degree programs, and has outstanding supercomputing, library, and research facilities, including numerous interdisciplinary centers and institutes for faculty collaboration. The University at Buffalo has three campuses: UB South campus, UB Downtown campus, and UB North Campus.

The post-doctoral position will be housed in the Community for Global Health Equity and Food Lab located in historic Hayes Hall on UB’s South Campus.

The UB South Campus, home to the School of Public Health and Health Professions and the School of Architecture and Planning, is located in the University Heights neighborhood with coffee shops, eateries, bookstores, and a full array of commercial outlets and services. The campus is highly accessible, situated on a subway and other transit lines. Housing opportunities are abundant and affordable. With a combined population of 9.7 million, the binational Niagara region of Western New York and Southern Ontario offers a high quality of life and an exceptional setting for engaging planning issues. The region spans an international border, and includes large cities, varied suburbs, dramatic landscapes, and quiet villages. For additional information about the University at Buffalo and the community visit our website.

Contact information

Dr. Samina Raja, Professor, Urban and Regional Planning, Associate Dean for Research and Inclusive Excellence, Architecture and Planning, and Co-Director, Community for Global Health Equity

Minimum Qualifications

  • A doctorate in the following or related fields: urban and regional planning, international development, food systems, public health, engineering, and or public policy.
  • An eligible candidate’s dissertation and research interests should be related to advancing food equity and public health in a global setting, preferably in low-resource communities. Candidates with a US focus must have worked on food equity challenges experienced by refugee communities, especially those challenges that are compounded by intersections of race, class, and gender.
  • Experience in conducting transdisciplinary research on food systems, food equity, and nutrition-related issues are essential.
  • Experience in supervising graduate and undergraduate student research.
  • Outstanding written and oral communication skills.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Candidates with quantitative or qualitative methodological strengths are welcome to apply.
  • Familiarity with spatial analysis using Geographic Information Systems, social network analysis using UCINET, qualitative data analysis using NVivo, and quantitative data analysis using SPSS is a plus.
  • Experience with large qualitative or quantitative datasets is a plus.

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