University of California, Merced Postdoctoral Scholarship

PostDoctoral Scholar at University of California, Merced
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The Ramírez Communication, Culture, and Health (CCH) Research Lab is committed to understanding how culture and communication influence health outcomes and can contribute to reducing health disparities in the United States.

We investigate the influence of communication on individual- and population-level health and health disparities and the design of culturally appropriate communication strategies to improve health. Our unique location within California’s diverse Central Valley allows us to explore how Latino ethnicity and culture interplay with communication access and influence. We conceptualize communication influence to include the information environment and communication-based health promotion interventions. The overarching goal of the lab is to conduct research on the social, behavioral, and population factors that contribute to Latino health disparities, and to develop and test interventions to modify these factors to reduce such disparities. Specifically, we are interested in: (1) Evaluating the influence of the information environment on cancer-related outcomes; (2) Describing influences on cancer risk factors and health behaviors among Latinos; and (3) Designing health communication for maximum effectiveness among Latinos across the acculturation spectrum.

The CCH Lab has an opening for a one-year position as postdoctoral fellow in Merced, California, to focus on research in the areas of communication, cancer prevention, and Latino health.

Candidates must have a Ph.D. in Communication, Public Health, Sociology, Social Psychology, or other related social, behavioral, or population science field. Expertise in health communication, Latino health, health disparities, marketing, advertising, and Spanish language skills are strongly preferred. Experience working with Latino populations is essential. Candidates with mixed methods and experience implementing and evaluating community-based intervention research are especially encouraged to apply. The successful candidate will have demonstrated evidence of strong scholarship including peer-reviewed publications. Ph.D. must be conferred by start date.

Initial review of applications will begin immediately. Recruitment will remain open until position is filled. Position to begin as early as September 1, 2015 or as late as January, 2016.

To apply, submit 1) a cover letter, 2) curriculum vitae, 3) 3 letters of reference, 4) Up to 3 reprints (optional).

The cover letter should include a brief description of research interests, experience, and emphasize the candidate’s ability to finish projects and the unique skills the candidate may bring to the lab.

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