University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences

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Post Doctoral Fellow

Post Doctoral Fellow

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Position Type 
Regular Full-Time
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CPH Epidemiology
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The UAMS Fay W. Boozman College of Public Health, Department of Epidemiology seeks a Post-doctoral Fellow in reproductive and perinatal epidemiology, with special emphasis on birth defects research.  Training will cover the six core competencies for post-doctoral fellows.  Fellows will be expected to participate in new and ongoing research projects, write manuscripts for peer-reviewed publications and submit grant proposals.  Fellows may have opportunities for limited teaching activities if desired.  The Fellow will also assist the Principal Investigator on literature reviews, manuscripts (e.g., journal articles, abstracts, book chapters), grant proposals and promotional and educational material (e.g., annual research reports, general information articles). 



Salary offered commensurate to experience


 UAMS offers amazing benefits and perks:

  • Retirement: 5% retirement contribution from UAMS when an employee contributes at least 2%. Up to 10% matched contribution.
  • Education: 50% discount for staff (undergraduate); 50% discount for spouse and dependents (undergraduate only) when they attend UAMS and 40% discount at any other campus.
  • Health: Medical, Dental and Vision plans available for staff and family.
  • UAMS provides Basic Life Insurance up to $50,000.
  • Leave Time: 11 paid holidays annually, 22.5 days of annual vacation leave, 12 days of sick leave.
  • Merchant discounts
  • Training and education opportunities.


Under the direct supervision of the Principal Investigator (PI)/Director, serve as a member of the Study Management Team, working directly with co-investigators, in relation to daily research and administrative operations as follows:


Project Management

  1. Develop and initiate work plans and timelines to fulfill study requirements.
  2. Provide updates and status reports to the PI on a regular basis.
  3. Participate in cooperative activities with funding agencies and other funded sites including participation in conference calls, meetings and study subcommittees to enhance developmental aspects of the study protocol and dissemination of data.
  4. Serve as liaison and coordinate interaction between participating laboratories, data managers, data analysts and bioinformatics professionals involved in the projects.
  5. Proactively identify barriers, explore solutions, propose and implement solutions while engaging the appropriate stakeholder(s).
  6. Establish and foster collaborative relationships with stakeholders interested in birth defects research locally and nationally to ensure ample and effective communication resulting in scientific products.
  7. In collaboration with stakeholders, resolve research issues and questions of methodology, analysis and interpretation.
  8. Coordinate study investigator/team meetings to build and foster multidisciplinary collaborative interactions to advance the science of birth defects research. Includes scheduling, development of agenda, slide presentation, handouts, recording of minutes, etc.
  9. Promote and facilitate research activities among investigators.
  10. Conduct routine staff meetings to discuss progress and timeliness and to resolve issues.
  11. Assist with preparation of IRB research protocol submissions (including development of research protocols, informed consent forms and source documents).
  12. Assist with preparation of standard operating procedures to facilitate compliance with all institutional and governmental policies and regulations.
  13. Supervise study support staff as needed.
  14. Perform other tasks as necessary to meet project responsibilities.


Scientific literature proficiency

  1. Conducts literature searches, reviews research findings,
  2. Critically appraises biomedical literature to identify gaps in current knowledge and to describe and evaluate new methodologies and new research discoveries.
  3. Maintains a reference database with relevant scientific literature pertaining to reproductive and perinatal epidemiology and relevant research and new scientific discoveries.
  4. Assists PI with literature reviews, manuscripts (e.g., journal articles, abstracts, book chapters) grant submissions, and promotional and educational material (e.g., annual research reports, general information articles) by providing writing, editing, minor revisions, and formatting.


Manuscript writing/Scientific presentations

  1. Assists PI/mentor, co-Investigators with preparation of manuscripts and PowerPoint presentations,
  2. Prepares manuscripts from their own empiric research for submission to peer-reviewed journals (a minimum of two first-author manuscripts per year).
  3. Prepares abstracts for submission to scientific conferences for presentation. Should present their research at a minimum of one conference per year).


Grant proposal preparations 

  1. Assists PI/mentor, co-Investigators with preparation of grant proposals, as needed
  2. Must submit at least one grant proposal to an extramural agency before the end of the fellowship.


Training activities

  1. Attends public health seminars, grand rounds and other seminars,
  2. Participates in department journal club meetings,
  3. Attends workshops, conferences and other trainings on birth defects, perinatal epidemiology or advanced methods in epidemiology as available.
  4. Participates in directed research activities, mentoring and other training opportunities as available.



Doctorate degree in Epidemiology or related field from an accredited university. Experience in development of reports, graphs, charts and other visuals and proficiency in Word, Excel and PowerPoint required.


Must be able to work independently and have the ability to think through a logical sequence of necessary events. Excellent interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills in English required. Ability to multi-task and adapt to changing priorities. Ability to work with multiple researchers, faculty and staff from diverse backgrounds in a collegial and professional manner. 


Preferred Qualifications:  Focus on perinatal epidemiology; excellent skills in data analysis, database management and computer programming (e.g., SAS, STATA, R software, etc.)





Physical Requirements

Stand: Occasionally
Sit: Occasionally
Walk: Occasionally
Bend, crawl, crouch, kneel, stoop, or reach overhead: Occasionally
Lift, push, pull, carry weight: 10 lbs or less
Use hands to touch, handle, or feel: Occasionally
Talk: Occasionally
Hear: Occasionally
Taste or smell: Occasionally
Read, concentrate, think analytically: Continuously
Physical Environment: Inside Office Environment
Noise Level: Quiet
Visual Requirements: Not required
Hazards: None