Current Vacancy

Minority Health and Health Disparities Population Postdoctoral Fellow Position

The Organization

The Minority Health and Health Disparities Population Laboratory ( of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) is seeking to recruit an outstanding Postdoctoral Fellow to conduct population health research using existing NIH and publicly available datasets and to receive intensive postdoctoral training in minority health and health disparities research. Research conducted by the fellow will have a particular emphasis on the health of Latinos/as, tobacco use behaviors and biomarkers among racial and ethnic minorities, and the social determinants of health. Research among populations such as African Americans/Blacks and other racial and ethnic minority populations will also be encouraged and supported.

The Minority Health and Health Disparities Population Laboratory is led by Eliseo J. Pérez-Stable, MD, the Director of the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD). As an NIH institute director, Dr. Pérez-Stable also conducts and oversees his own research program within the NHLBI Division of Intramural Research. Research within the lab centers on interdisciplinary collaborations aimed at examining readily available data to address issues pertaining to minority health and health disparities. Some of the recent datasets used in the lab include the Hispanic Community Health Study/Study of Latinos (HCHS/SOL), the Population Assessment of Tobacco and Health (PATH) study, and the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES). The postdoctoral fellow will be mentored by Dr. Pérez-Stable as well as his Staff Scientist, Erik Rodriquez, Ph.D., M.P.H. Scientific interactions occur frequently among a range of independent research groups, therefore providing the incumbent with exceptional opportunities for collaboration within and outside of the NIH.

The Role

Within the NIH Intramural Research Program, postdoctoral fellows have access to a variety of educational and grant writing opportunities. Through on-campus seminars and workshops, the incumbent will also have opportunities to network with the highest level of experts in minority health and health disparities research from across the country. More information on the extensive research and training opportunities within NIH can be found at

About You

The successful applicant is expected to design and execute analytic projects for future scholarly articles. This includes the fellow familiarizing themselves with previously collected data, drafting research proposals for approval, conducting analyses, and writing publication-ready manuscripts. The ideal candidate should have a strong understanding of descriptive epidemiology, data management, and evaluation methodology within the field of minority health and health disparities as evidenced by training and scientific writing. Applicants with publications in peer-reviewed journals are desired, but a submitted paper from doctoral work at a minimum is required. Additionally, the candidate should have excellent oral and written communication skills that allow for effective interaction with both scientific and lay audiences.

Qualifications include an earned doctorate in epidemiology, sociology, public health science, social psychology, or a closely related field. Applicants may be finishing their doctoral degree or be doctoral-level graduates with up to two years of postdoctoral experience. Salary is commensurate with years of experience post-completion of a doctoral degree. For more information on NIH postdoctoral fellowships, including benefits, visit


Appointees may be US citizens, resident aliens, or non-resident aliens with, or eligible to obtain, a valid employment authorized visa. 

Applications from women, minorities, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged. Interested individuals should email (1) a 1–2-page cover letter describing research interests and professional accomplishments, (2) their curriculum vitae, (3) a writing sample, and (4) names and contact information for three references to:

Erik Rodriquez, Ph.D., M.P.H.
Pronouns: he/him or they/them
Staff Scientist
Phone: (240) 534-9185

The review of applications will begin on or around September 1, 2021. However, applications will continue to be accepted until the position is filled.