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Postdoctoral Scholar in Food Policy

Position overview

Salary range: The posted UC salary scales set the minimum pay determined by rank and/or step at appointment. See Table 23: Postdoctoral Scholar-Employee, Postdoctoral Scholar-Fellow, Postdoctoral Scholar-Paid Direct, Fiscal Year. The salary range for this position is $64,480-$77,327. “Off-scale salaries”, i.e., a salary that is higher than the published system-wide salary at the designated rank and step, are offered when necessary to meet competitive conditions, qualifications, and experience.

Application Window

Open date: December 5, 2023

Most recent review date: Monday, Jan 8, 2024 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.

Final date: Thursday, Feb 29, 2024 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.

Position description

Dr. Jennifer Falbe at the University of California, Davis is recruiting a Postdoctoral Scholar to begin around winter-summer 2024 (start date flexible) to work on studies related to food policy, food systems, and policy implementation science. Potential research projects include an NIH-funded study evaluating the nation’s first healthy checkout policy, experiments testing front-of-package and restaurant warning labels, and analyses of institutional procurement policies.

Major responsibilities of the postdoc will include cleaning and analyzing quantitative (and qualitative) data, designing and managing studies, and presenting and publishing research through peer-reviewed publications and conference presentations.

This position is guaranteed for 2 years, and there is the possibility for renewal dependent on performance. The postdoc will also have the opportunity to develop grant writing and mentorship experience. This is an excellent opportunity for a candidate with expertise in quantitative methods and public health nutrition who would like to develop expertise in areas such as natural experiments, randomized controlled trials, public policy, health disparities, food and sustainability, qualitative methods, commercial determinants of health, and implementation science.


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

Basic qualifications:

-PhD or other doctoral degree in Public Health, Epidemiology, Nutrition, Public Policy, Health Policy, Psychology, or a related field
-Strong statistical training with a preference for longitudinal analyses
-Experience and high proficiency using statistical analysis software: Stata, SAS, or R
-Excellent writing and communication skills
-Ability to work independently and as part of a team
-Excellent organizational skills
-A strong publication record demonstrating prior experience related to the research topics in the position description

Preferred qualifications (other preferred, but not required, qualifications for the position)

-Experience with difference-in-differences, synthetic control method, or qualitative research
-Experience working with large datasets
-Experience using, or ability to quickly learn, Stata

Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V. with publication list.

  • Transcripts - Ph.D. Only

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  • Up to 3 publications (Optional)

  • Cover Letter - Document should describe relevant research experience, fit for the position, and long-term career goals.

  • DEI Statement - Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Statement
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Reference requirements
  • 2-4 required (contact information only)

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Davis, California