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Postdoctoral Scholar - Media and Health

Recruitment Period

Open February 10th, 2020 through Wednesday, Mar 11, 2020 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)


The award-winning Communication, Culture, and Health research team in the Department of Public Health at the University of California, Merced is seeking a Postdoctoral Fellow to join its vibrant, interdisciplinary research community. The Fellow will assist with mixed methods research design, implementation, data analysis, and publication of study findings pertaining to food and nutrition communication, health policy, and health disparities. Working closely with Professor Susana Ramírez, the Postdoctoral Fellow will help to plan and host a symposium on Communication and Health Disparities.

The Fellow will receive training and mentorship in mixed methods research and grant writing. The Fellow will be able to participate in the Department of Public Health’s journal club and speaker series, as well as an interdisciplinary professional development workshop series. The Fellow will receive support to develop a K-series or similar grant proposal. In addition, funds will be available for travel to 1-2 conferences per year as well as to attend an annual off-site writing retreat. The position is a full-time, 12-month academic position with an anticipated start date of July 1, 2020. Reappointment for up to three years is possible contingent on successful performance.

Why the University of California, Merced?
Idyllically situated between San Francisco, Monterey, and Yosemite National Park, UC Merced opened September 2005 as the tenth campus of the University of California and the first American research university of the 21st century. The beautiful campus is first in the nation for sustainable research and campus infrastructure. UC Merced boasts a diverse faculty who are committed to social justice and who work to empower underrepresented students. UC Merced has been recognized as first in the nation for student outcomes and seventh for social mobility, and earned the prestigious Carnegie Classification for commitment to community engagement.

Salary and benefits: Salary is commensurate with experience per University of California Postdoctoral union salary scales. In addition, benefits and funds for research expenses including travel to 1-2 conferences are provided.

• Ph.D. in Communication, Public Health, Sociology, Social Psychology, Political Science, or other related social, behavioral, or population science field.
• Working knowledge of mass media and message effects theories.
• Demonstrated ability to carry out independent research.
• Strong methodological and data analysis skills.
• Willingness to mentor and supervise undergraduate and graduate research assistants.

1) Cover letter: Include a brief description of your relevant experience and training and career goals.
2) Curriculum vita
3) Research Statement: Two pages, single-spaced (1-inch margins)
4) List of 2 professional references with contact information including mailing address, phone number, and e-mail address (reference letters will be automatically requested upon application submission)
5) 2 writing samples (publications or dissertation chapters)

The University of California is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and invites applications from all qualified applicants, including women, minorities, veterans, and individual with disabilities, who will enrich the teaching, research and public service missions of the university. All qualified applicants will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy, see: UC Nondiscrimination & Affirmative Action Policy (

The University of California, Merced, is the newest of the University of California system’s 10 campuses. With 8,500 undergraduate and graduate students (, UC Merced provides outstanding educational opportunities to highly qualified students from the heart of California, the nation, and abroad. The campus has special connections to nearby Yosemite National Park; is on the cutting edge of sustainability in construction and design; and supports the economic development of Central California. The Merced 2020 Project doubled the physical capacity of the campus, and enhanced academic distinction, student success, and research excellence (


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

  • Cover Letter - Include a brief description of your relevant experience and training and career goals.

  • Statement of Research - Two pages, single-spaced (1-inch margins)

  • 1 Writing Sample - Publications or dissertation chapters

  • 2 Writing Sample - Publications or dissertation chapters

Reference requirements
  • 2 required (contact information only)