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Post-Doctoral Associate
University of Minnesota, Twin Cities

Date Posted Dec. 3, 2022
Title Post-Doctoral Associate
University University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
Minneapolis, MN, United States
Department School of Public Health
Application Deadline Jan. 15, 2023
Position Start Date Aug. 1, 2023
  • Post-Doc
  • Research Methods/Data Analysis
    Communications/Journalism (all)
    Social Sciences - General

The Collaborative on Media and Messaging for Health and Social Policy (COMM HSP, or team at the University of Minnesota invites applications for a Postdoctoral Associate. We are seeking an independent researcher with interests at the intersection of communication, health equity, and policy. The postdoctoral associate will work closely with Dr. Sarah Gollust (School of Public Health) and Dr. Rebekah Nagler (Hubbard School of Journalism and Mass Communication) on a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation funded project called “Developing rapidly responsive community-engaged research on media-messaging and narrative-change strategies to promote health and racial equity.” COMM HSP is an interdisciplinary team of researchers across three institutions who study how media and messaging shape opinions, attitudes, and behaviors with the goal of understanding the ways that communication can help to advance health and racial equity through policy. The postdoctoral associate will be based at the University of Minnesota (UMN) site, with opportunities to pursue collaborative research opportunities both at UMN and with other COMM-affiliated researchers.

The initial appointment is for one year with the possibility of renewal for a second year. Salary range is $60,000-$65,000, depending on qualifications and experience. The work is expected to be hybrid (both online and in-person activities).


Specific position responsibilities will include (but are not limited to) assisting in conducting surveys and experiments, conducting news media and advertising content analysis, analyzing publicly available public opinion data on relevant health and social policies, and supporting engagement with state and local community partners. The postdoctoral associate will have access to a wide variety of data resources collected via COMM HSP. There is no teaching associated with the position, but the postdoctoral associate is expected to be an active contributor to COMM HSP activities. The postdoctoral associate will receive mentorship and training in quantitative and qualitative data collection and analysis, community-engaged research, manuscript preparation, and grant writing; they also will receive dedicated time to pursue their own scholarship.


Required Qualifications: 

  • A doctoral degree (earned by the position start date) in health communication, public health, health policy, or related social/behavioral science fields. 
  • Strong training and proficiency in quantitative data analysis is required. Experience in qualitative and/or mixed methods research is preferred.
  • Interest in conducting rigorous research in a fast-paced, policy-relevant, community-engaged environment.
  • Strong written and presentation skills, as well as the ability to work collaboratively within a team environment. 
  • Candidates with a scholarly record demonstrating a focus on health, racial, and/or social equity are especially encouraged to apply.
  • Candidates from diverse backgrounds, including those from groups that have been underrepresented in health-related research, are strongly encouraged to apply. 

How To Apply

Applications must be submitted online at  

Application due date: January 15, 2023 (priority deadline); position will be open until filled.

Please submit:

  • Cover letter describing your research experiences and interest in the position
  • CV
  • The names of three people who can serve as your references
  • Writing sample (may be a published first-authored paper or a draft/working paper)

Questions about the position may be directed to Dr. Sarah Gollust (

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  • The School of Public Health is committed to anti-racism and anti-oppression in our mission and operations. In pursuit of this goal, we consider an applicant’s record working with individuals from historically marginalized backgrounds, and experience identifying and eliminating systemic barriers to success in an academic environment. SPH seeks to increase the diversity of its workforce, we particularly encourage applications from those who belong to groups that have been historically underrepresented in our discipline, including those who are Black, Indigenous, and people of color, those with disabilities, and those from LGBTQIA+ communities.

    The University recognizes and values the importance of diversity and inclusion in enriching the employment experience of its employees and in supporting the academic mission.  The University is committed to attracting and retaining employees with varying identities and backgrounds.

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Contact Information

  • Sarah Gollust
    School of Public Health
    University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
    Minneapolis, MN


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