Post Doctoral Fellow - Population Health

Department: SOM Department of Population Health

Population Health Staff

Position Title: Post Doctoral Fellow - Population Health

Job Family Group: Professional Staff

Job Description Summary:

A postdoctoral fellowship is available to enhance research capacity in interventional healthcare delivery research, clinical practice change and mixed-method implementation science. Fellowship will provide the successful candidate with opportunity to engage in mentored research, gaining experience in primary qualitative data collection, integrative data analysis (mixed methods), implementation science and evaluation, manuscript preparation, knowledge translation and dissemination through clinical community engagement.

The Fellow will join a two-state research team, led jointly by Dr. Lee and Bijal Balasubramanian, launching an NCI U01-funded pragmatic trial to enhance primary care practice capacity for cancer survivorship care in federally qualified health centers and other community health clinics serving minoritized, under- and uninsured individuals.

Based in Kansas City, the fellowship is sponsored by Simon Craddock Lee, PhD MPH, Chair of the Department of Population Health at the University of Kansas Medical Center (KUMC) School of Medicine. The Department provides a highly collaborative and interdisciplinary research environment. While our faculty draw from different scholarly disciplines, we share a common goal of remediating health disparities across Kansas and beyond. In addition to a record of partnership with state and regional health authorities, our faculty have long-standing collaborations with many community and clinical partners in both urban and rural locations, providing a rich environment for impactful implementation science and community-engaged research. The Department is the academic home for graduate education leading to the MHSA, MPH, MSCR, and PhD. Opportunities for limited teaching are possible.

The Department is home to a newly established, NIH-funded Implementation Science for Equity Center for Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE). Additional collaborating institutional partners based at KUMC include:

  • The University of Kansas Cancer Center, an NCI-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center
  • The Kansas Center for Rural Health
  • NCATS-funded Frontiers Clinical & Translational Institute

Terms of the Fellowship:

The fellowship is a one-year full-time position, with potential for extension, subject to performance review. Salary begins at $65,000 (subject to relevant work experience and/or years post-PhD), with full benefits. Anticipated start date July 1, 2024 (negotiable). Periodic work travel to Texas is required.

Job Description:

Required Qualifications


  • PhD or equivalent education in public health OR a health research-focused social science within the last 4 years.
  • Students currently enrolled in a doctoral program must provide evidence of degree-in-hand prior to being offered the fellowship.

Work Experience:

  • Experience in qualitative methods.

Preferred Qualifications

Work Experience:

  • Experience in fieldwork, and primary data collection
  • Experience in social service and/or healthcare delivery, especially primary care


  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Bilingual English/Spanish language would be an advantage but is not required.

Job Duties Outlined:

  • The successful candidate will work with Dr. Lee and U01 investigators to tailor Fellowship to individual development plan, further develop research knowledge and skills, and establish their own program of research.

The fellowship offers opportunities for:

  • Mentorship and training
  • Participation as a co-investigator on multi-disciplinary team science
  • Guidance and support in grant writing and budget development
  • Development and submission of manuscripts for peer-reviewed publication
  • Pedagogic opportunities to provide lectures and/or small group teaching
  • Campus postdoctoral resources

Required Documents:

  • Resume/CV
  • Cover Letter

Comprehensive Benefits Package:

Coverage begins on day one for health, dental, and vision insurance and includes health expense accounts with generous employer contributions if the employee participates in a qualifying health plan. Employer-paid life insurance, long-term disability insurance, and various additional voluntary insurance plans are available. Paid time off, including vacation and sick, begins accruing upon hire, plus ten paid holidays. One paid discretionary day is available after six months of employment, and paid time off for bereavement, jury duty, military service, and parental leave is available after 12 months of employment. A retirement program with a generous employer contribution and additional voluntary retirement programs (457 or 403b) are available. 

Employee Type: Fixed Term (Fixed Term)

Time Type: Full time

Rate Type: Salary

Compensation Statement:

The pay range listed for this position is determined by our compensation program using market data and salary benchmarking. A combination of factors is considered in making compensation decisions including, but not limited to, education, experience and training, qualifications relative to the requirements of the position, and funding. At the University of Kansas Medical Center, a reasonable estimate for the starting pay range will be the minimum to midpoint of the posted range, taking into account the combination of factors listed above.

Pay Range: $47,476.00 - $80,000.00

Minimum $47,476.00

Midpoint $66,000.00

Maximum $80,000.00

Application Instructions:

To learn more and apply online, please visit or go to search for position number JR007016.

Applications must be submitted directly through the KU Medical Center website to be considered for this position. Any applications submitted via email or this website will NOT be reviewed or considered.

About KU Medical Center:

The University of Kansas Medical Center’s mission is to educate exceptional health care professionals through a full range of undergraduate, graduate, professional, postdoctoral and continuing education programs in the schools of Medicine, Nursing and Health Professions. KU Medical Center also advances the health sciences through world-class research programs; provides compassionate and state-of-the-art patient care in an academic medical center environment; and works with communities in every Kansas county to improve the health of Kansans. Learn more at


KUMC offers a range of great benefits that support employees and eligible family members. Our health insurance benefits begin on hire date and KUMC offers other exciting benefits such as paid parental leave, generous employer retirement contributions and other resources to improve health and well-being. For more information, please visit 

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:

The University of Kansas Medical Center is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, ethnicity, ancestry, age, protected veteran or disability status, marital status, parental status, or genetic information. 

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