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Applied Gender & Global Health Postdoctoral Fellow

Position level: Postdoctoral Fellow


Within the Department of Medicine at UCSD, the Center on Gender Equity and Health (GEH) focuses on conducting innovative global public health research, medical and academic training, and evidence-based intervention development and evaluation of programs related to gender inequities, gender-based violence, and sexual and reproductive health (adolescent and unintended pregnancy, family planning, HIV/STI, healthy birth spacing). The team of social science and epidemiology researchers at GEH includes leading figures in measurement and evaluation of sustainable programs with girls, young women, their male partners and their families to understand and change gender-based behaviors and social norms that compromise health and safety. GEH epidemiologic and evaluation research takes place in South Asia, West and East sub-Saharan Africa, and the United States. This research is supported by a diverse portfolio of public and private funders, conducted in conjunction with international NGOs, and includes engagement with local and national governments.


The research labs of Dr. Rebecka Lundgren and Dr. Kathryn M. Barker seek a candidate to contribute to their global research portfolios. Our research projects collectively aim to shift inequitable gender norms, reduce violence against children, improve adolescent sexual and reproductive health, and investigate agency in social and behavior change programs to improve health.

Specific contributions to this research portfolio by the incumbent will include (but are not limited to) the following activities: 1) prepare formative and evaluation research protocols, guides and instruments; 2) prepare survey protocols and monitoring tools for program outcome evaluation; 3) analyze and create variables within raw survey data; 4) support design of analytic plans for formative and evaluation research (using both quantitative and qualitative approaches); 4) conduct literature reviews to inform behavior and systems-level theories of change and to understand existing norms-shifting programs; 5) develop program reports and related manuscripts; 6) develop abstracts and PowerPoint presentations and deliver presentations at international scientific conferences; 7) participate in grant development; 8) facilitate ongoing communication amongst multi-country research partners, PIs, and donors.


  • Seven (7) years of related experience, education/training, OR a terminal degree (PhD, ScD, DrPH, etc.) in related area plus two (2) years of related experience/training.
  • Strong theoretical knowledge of Public Health and/or Social and Behavioral sciences with special interest or professional experience in the topics of gender-based violence, gender equity, early childhood development, program scale-up, and/or social and gender norms.
  • Experience writing for translational social-behavioral research including: study progress reports, peer-reviewed manuscripts, funder reports, policy briefs, etc.
  • Experience analyzing ‘raw’ survey data and creating variables linked to health outcome evaluation indicators in Stata, SAS, and/or R.
  • Strong analytical and critical thinking skills to identify problems and proactively develop solutions.
  • Experience in working within research projects and teams, and in making original contributions.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to foster a good working relationship with a wide variety of people from multiple contexts both in-person and over virtual correspondence.
  • Ability to work across multiple projects and with multiple global/cross-cultural teams with tact and diplomacy while prioritizing and completing tasks across projects with conflicting deadlines and changing priorities.
  • Demonstrated oral and written communication skills: ability to communicate ideas, research findings, deadlines, and project needs clearly and succinctly, both orally and in writing.
  • Strong attention to detail and strong organizational skills.
  • Expertise with Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint).
  • Access to computer with necessary software and internet.
  • Fluency in English (oral and written) required. Fluency in French a plus.
  • Although our offices are on UCSD’s campus in La Jolla, CA, the position will largely be remote.


  • Must be willing to participate in calls outside of normal working hours/across multiple time zones, due to international collaborations.
  • Must be able and willing to work a flexible schedule, outside of standard working hours including evenings and weekends when required.
  • Familiarity with managing reporting to funders and monitoring project deliverables and deadlines preferred but not necessary.
  • Employment is subject to a criminal background check.

Interested individuals should send a brief cover letter, CV, and writing example to Ms. Princess Luna at prluna@health.ucsd.edu using email subject line, “Application Materials for Applied Gender & Global Health Postdoctoral Fellow Position.” Applications received by Friday, March 31, 2023 will be prioritized for review, but the position will remain open until filled.

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