Job Information

University of Utah Post Doc Res Assoc w/Ret in Salt Lake City, Utah

Open Date 02/10/2021

Requisition Number PRN25284B

Job Title Post Doc Res Assoc w/Ret

Working Title Post Doc Res Assoc w/Ret

Job Grade A00

FLSA Code Administrative

Patient Sensitive Job Code? No

Standard Hours per Week 40

Full Time or Part Time? Full Time

Shift Day

Work Schedule Summary

Monday-Friday 8-5

VP Area U of U Health - Academics


Location Campus

City Salt Lake City, UT

Type of Recruitment External Posting

Pay Rate Range 55,000-61,000 Dependent on Qualifications

Close Date

Open Until Filled No

Job Summary

The University of Utah Department of Population Health Sciences ( PHS ) at the University of Utah School of Medicine is accepting applications for a Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Implementation Science. The Fellowship will provide training for an independent academic research career in implementation science.

The fellow is also encouraged to conduct independent research with an emphasis on applying for their own grants and submitting peer-reviewed manuscripts for publication. PHS resources and collaborative support will enable fellows to build their own research programs. Salary is extremely competitive with excellent fringe benefits.

The University of Utah encompasses both the flagship university and the health sciences campus for the state, competes in the Pac-12 conference, and is the largest institution in the entire Intermountain West. Salt Lake City is a diverse and vibrant city with access to world class outdoor recreation and a very affordable cost of living. Salt Lake City is 22% Latino and has the 7th highest proportion of LGBTQ residents among U.S. cities.

Applicants are required to submit a cover letter, a detailed statement of research interests and fit with the position, a CV, list of three references to solicit letters of reference from, and a writing sample (published or unpublished first authored peer-reviewed article preferred). In cover letter please indicate expected completion date of requirements of the PhD or equivalent terminal degree.

Equal Opportunity Employer-Females/Minorities/Veterans/Disabled/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity


Fellows will be mentored by J.D. Smith, PhD with opportunities for additional mentorship from other faculty in the department and the university at large. Dr. Smith has received funding for large implementation research studies from NHLBI , CDC , USDA , and foundations, and currently collaborates on multiple NIH -funded Center grants and implementation trials funded by the NCI , NHLBI , NIAID , NHGRI , NIMH , AHRQ , and others. The fellow will be expected to collaborate on Dr. Smith’s projects as lead and co-author of manuscripts, contributor to new grant applications, and the conduct of ongoing implementation research (including analysis of quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods data). Dr. Smith’s research area focuses on implementation research methodology (trial designs, measures, models/frameworks, analytic approaches) with a broad content area spanning pediatric obesity, child and adult hypertension control, cancer symptom management, early childhood mental health in primary care, health behavior interventions for diabetes, collaborative care models, HIV prevention, and digital health/technology-based interventions. Addressing health disparities and equitable implementation are overarching aims of Dr. Smith’s program of research.

Minimum Qualifications

Qualifications include a doctoral degree in psychology, public health, health services research, health promotion, prevention science, epidemiology, or other relevant social or population science. All requirements of the PhD or equivalent terminal degree must be completed before the post-doctoral research fellow appointment can begin. Applications will be reviewed as they are received. Applicants from underrepresented groups are especially encouraged to apply. Start date is both flexible and negotiable.


Type Benefited Staff

Special Instructions Summary

Additional Information

The University of Utah values candidates who have experience working in settings with students from diverse backgrounds and possess a strong commitment to improving access to higher education for historically underrepresented students.

Individuals from historically underrepresented groups, such as minorities, women, qualified persons with disabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to apply. Veterans’ preference is extended to qualified applicants, upon request and consistent with University policy and Utah state law. Upon request, reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to individuals with disabilities.

The University of Utah is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate based upon race, ethnicity, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, pregnancy-related conditions, genetic information, or protected veteran’s status. The University does not discriminate on the basis of sex in the education program or activity that it operates, as required by Title IX and 34 CFR part 106. The requirement not to discriminate in education programs or activities extends to admission and employment. Inquiries about the application of Title IX and its regulations may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator, to the Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, or both.

To request a reasonable accommodation for a disability or if you or someone you know has experienced discrimination or sexual misconduct including sexual harassment, you may contact the Director/Title IX Coordinator in the Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action:

Director/ Title IX Coordinator

Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action ( OEO /AA)

135 Park Building

Salt Lake City, UT 84112


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The University is a participating employer with Utah Retirement Systems (“URS”). Eligible new hires with prior URS service, may elect to enroll in URS if they make the election before they become eligible for retirement (usually the first day of work). Contact Human Resources at (801) 581-7447 for information. Individuals who previously retired and are receiving monthly retirement benefits from URS are subject to URS’ post-retirement rules and restrictions. Please contact Utah Retirement Systems at (801) 366-7770 or (800) 695-4877 or University Human Resource Management at (801) 581-7447 if you have questions regarding the post-retirement rules.

This position may require the successful completion of a criminal background check and/or drug screen.