Postdoctoral Scholar - Department of Population & Quantitative Health Sciences

Posting Date: August 2019

Title: Post-doctoral Scholar

Department: Population and Quantitative Health Sciences

School: School of Medicine    

Location: Mary Ann Swetland Center for Environmental Health, BioEnterprise Building, 4th Floor  

Supervisor Name & Title: Darcy Freedman, PhD, Director and Swetland Professor, Mary Ann Swetland Center for Environmental Health & Professor, Population and Quantitative Health Sciences



24-month Post-Doctoral Scholarship Opportunity

Fall 2019 – Fall 2021

The Mary Ann Swetland Center for Environmental Health at Case Western Reserve University, School of Medicine in Cleveland, Ohio is seeking a post-doctoral scholar to contribute to the Center’s vibrant program of research focused on environmental health equity. The mission of the Swetland Center is to study the complex interplay between the environment and health with the goal of translating findings into scalable solutions to redress the environment's disparate impact on residents in Cleveland and beyond. The strategic vision of the Swetland Center is to innovate and apply community systems science for environmental health equity by (1) advancing translational environmental health research, (2) integrating environmental health and community systems science into medical and graduate education, and (3) engaging the community in environmental health research and action.

The post-doctoral scholar will join a collaborative research team that includes strong community-university partnerships. They will have an opportunity to develop new independent research focused on local environmental health issues related to air quality, lead exposure, and underlying root causes such as poverty and racism to advance environmental health equity through community-engaged team science. They will have an opportunity to contribute to existing research related to the Center’s ongoing initiatives related to food systems and health.

The ideal candidate will have a PhD in environmental health, public or population health, or a related field; a strong background in environmental science and environmental justice; skills in mixed methods, implementation science, and community-engaged research; and a record of translating research findings into publications.


The post-doctoral scholar will: Contribute to a team science approach through regular interaction with investigators, community partners, and other research staff; Assist with the design and implementation of community-engaged environmental health research including strategies to promote citizen science; Develop and coordinate data collection using mixed methods; Contribute to grant writing and reporting; Provide leadership to the development of presentations and publications related to research serving as lead author on at least one manuscript; and Lead and contribute to training sessions focused on environmental health. 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, training opportunities, and travel will be provided.


  1. Demonstrated training and skills in environmental health and environmental justice research.
  2. Prior experience with collection, management, and analysis of qualitative and quantitative data.
  3. Skills in novel environmental health research methods such as spatial analysis, sensors and monitoring, and/or systems modeling.
  4. Capacity to establish and maintain research partnerships with community stakeholders.
  5. Experience translating research findings to diverse audiences through publications, presentations, reports, and social media.
  6. Self-motivated and adaptive to pivots in research needs. Ability to work with minimal supervision to complete tasks.
  7. Experience facilitating institutional review board applications.
  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 Mary Ann Swetland Center for Environmental Health 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 Applications will be reviewed immediately and will continue until the position is filled.