Post-Doctoral Scholar, PQHS

18-month Post-Doctoral Scholarship Opportunity

The CDC-funded Prevention Research Center for Healthy Neighborhoods (PRCHN) at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio is seeking one post-doctoral scholar to contribute to the Center’s vibrant program of research focused on community nutrition and healthy food access. This is an 18-month position with the option of renewal based on performance and availability of funding. The post-doctoral scholar will join a collaborative research team that includes strong community-university partnerships and will have an opportunity to develop independent research goals within the scope of existing projects aimed at improving nutrition and healthy food access among people receiving Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits and other low-income populations. The ideal candidate will have a PhD in nutrition, health communications, public health, community psychology, or social work; a strong background in community nutrition research; skills in mixed methods and systems modeling research; and a record of translating research findings into publications. Preference will be given to candidates with experience in food-related research, community-based research, research with SNAP populations, and implementation research.


The post-doctoral scholar will: Contribute to a team science approach through regular interaction with investigators, community partners, and other research staff; Assist with implementation and evaluation of web-based decision-making tools designed to support community nutrition interventions; Collaborate with investigators on data analysis related to the research aims; Contribute to grant writing to sustain the research; Provide leadership to the development of presentations and publications related to research serving as lead author on at least one manuscript; and Participate in weekly seminars focused on population health promotion.

It is expected that the post-doctoral scholar will develop content expertise and a publication track record based on this experience. A competitive salary, benefits, and travel/research opportunities in the interdisciplinary environment of the Prevention Research Center for Healthy Neighborhoods are available.


  1. Experience with qualitative data collection and analysis, and management of quantitative databases.

  2. Demonstrated skills in analysis of quantitative data, and evidence of capacity to translate findings for public dissemination.

  3. Experience using web platforms to display data.

  4. Highly organized, detail-oriented, and self-motivated individual.

  5. Ability to work with minimal supervision to complete tasks.

  6. Experience facilitating institutional review board applications.

  7. Ability to work collaboratively in a small team environment.

  8. Strong organization skills; ability to multi-task, prioritize and meet deadlines.  Must demonstrate attention to detail and accuracy, time management skills, and proven ability to successfully follow-through on assigned projects.  

  9. Strong, professional and effective verbal and written communication skills.

  10. Strong interpersonal skills; ability to work and communicate with various individuals from a broad spectrum of disciplines, technical and educational backgrounds within the department, school and university, and with individuals outside the university.

  11. Experience and proficiency with Microsoft Word, Power Point, and Excel.

  12. Must demonstrate willingness to learn new techniques, procedures, processes, and computer programs as needed.


Given the field-based nature of the research, the candidate must be physically present at the Prevention Research Center for Healthy Neighborhoods in Cleveland, Ohio. There are no special health or safety hazards, environmental conditions or hazardous equipment or supplies. Must have personal, reliable transportation to travel to community sites throughout the project, documented mileage will be reimbursed.  Must be able to work a flexible schedule, including evenings and weekends as needed.

To apply, please send a statement of qualifications and research interests, CV, dissertation abstract (500 words), contact information for three references, and one sample publication by email to

In employment, as in education, Case Western Reserve University is committed to Equal Opportunity and Diversity.  Women, veterans, members of underrepresented minority groups, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Case Western Reserve University provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities.  Applicants requiring a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the Office of Inclusion, Diversity and Equal Opportunity at 216-368-8877 to request a reasonable accommodation.  Determinations as to granting reasonable accommodations for any applicant will be made on a case-by-case basis.