30+ days ago


Los Angeles, CA


The Division of EnvironmentalHealthin the Department of Preventive Medicine atthe University of Southern Californiaannounces a new PostdoctoralResearchFellow position available in Summer 2021.The successful candidate willconduct investigations around community-driven epidemiology for environmentaljustice in bothurbanand ruralcontexts.We are seeking applicants with demonstrated experience in and/or commitment to working effectively withindividuals from diverse backgrounds and members of underrepresented groups.Research opportunitieson multiplecommunity-driven environmentaljustice projects focused on industrial pollution,health disparities, community science,and community engagementabound in Southern California. A substantial portion of our research is grounded inworking with economically stressedcommunities of color and conducted in partnership with community-basedenvironmentaljustice organizationsacross Los Angeles and throughout Southern California.

Our current and potential lines ofresearch address health concerns of communities—especially thosethat consistprimarily of Latinx,Asian/Pacific Islander and African-Americans living under economic hardship and facingdisproportionate adverse health outcomes from social and environmentaldisparities.Topics of interestinclude: a)transportation-related (sea, air, and land-based) air pollution and impactson health; (b) health impactsfrom “goodsmovement” facilities, including marine ports, railyards and inland warehouses; and (c) broader health and emergingconcerns arising from land-use decisions such as locating industries(e.g. metal smelter or oil drilling) adjacent to homesand schools across the multiethnic landscape.Innovative approaches for research translation and communication toreduce health disparities, address environmentalracismand promote health equitywould be especially welcomed.

The Department of Preventive Medicineis home to leading research programs in epidemiology andhealth behavior,with particular strengths in environmental health and community engagement. The Department is located on USC’sHealth Sciences Campus,home to several world-class research laboratories studying complex human diseases includingcancers, cardiorespiratory diseases, neuro-developmentaland neurodegenerative disorders.The successful applicantwill collaborate with faculty from a variety of disciplines (statistics, remote sensing,epidemiology,environmentalengineering) and receive advanced training in exposure assessment and environmentalepidemiology. Opportunities todevelop grant preparation skills, publish scholarly articles, present research at academic conferences, and gain teachingexperience willbe readily available.


  • PhD in environmental health, epidemiology,sociology, community-engaged researchor relateddiscipline
  • Experience in or has demonstrated commitment tocommunity-based research, racial disparities andenvironmentaljustice
  • Strongquantitative skills or mixed-methodapproaches
  • Excellent written and oralcommunicationskills

Start date: Summer 2021. The position is located in Los Angeles, CA.

Applications should include the following (save files as a PDF with the following naming conventions):

  • A cover letter describing research experience and interests, including contact information for three references - save the file as “[LastName]_Cover”,
  • A Curricula Vitae (CV)/ current extended resume - save as “[LastName]_CV”
  • A writing sample (e.g. a recentmanuscript, report, or dissertationportion)- save as “[LastName]_WritingSample”

Applicants from diverse backgrounds,underrepresented in environmental health sciences,women, and individualswith disabilities are especially encouraged to apply. USC is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicantswill receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, genderidentity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Formore information aboutthe Department of Preventive Medicine, please visitthe Department website at  and the Southern CaliforniaEnvironmentalHealth Center website at

Minimum Education: Ph.D. or equivalent doctorate within previous five years
Minimum Experience: 0-1 year
Minimum Field of Expertise: Directly related education in research specialization with advanced knowledge of
equipment, procedures and analysis methods.


USC 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, national origin, protected veteran status, disability, or any other characteristic protected by law or USC policy. USC will consider for employment all qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the requirements of the Los Angeles Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring ordinance. We provide reasonable accommodations to applicants and employees with disabilities. Applicants with questions about access or requiring a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application or hiring process should contact USC Human Resources by phone at (213) 821-8100, or by email at

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