Post-Doctoral Fellow, Behavioral and/or Public Health

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Classification:Post Doctoral Fellow non represented
Grade:Non-Union Faculty Grade 40
Work type:Post Doc
Administrative Unit:University of Alaska Anchorage
School/Business unit:UAA Coll of Bus & Public Policy
Location: Anchorage
Categories: Research/Science/Grants

Position Summary:

The Institute for Social and Economic Research (ISER) at the University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA) seeks outstanding candidates for a postdoc fellowship position; salary commensurate with qualifications. The one-year fellowship is renewable for up to three years, depending on performance and budget.


20Contribute to ongoing research studies and manuscripts focused on human behavior and its relationship to health issues of local and national importanceEssential
30Build partnerships with, and disseminate research findings to, both academic and non-academic audiences.Essential
40Lead and/or collaborate in identifying and developing research questions, formative data collection, and study designs; identify appropriate funding sources.Essential
5Mentor students involved in research projects.Non-Essential
5Other related duties as assigned or needed.Non-Essential

The Institute of Social and Economic Research (ISER) at the University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA) is seeking a scholar who aspires to be both an independent investigator and team scientist and is interested in behavioral science, public health, and/or applied health promotion research.  The post-doctoral fellow will join our Center for Behavioral Health Research and Services (CBHRS) team (, and work closely with faculty on existing grants and proposal development, as well as develop their own externally funded research. Our multi-disciplinary research team explores research questions on a broad range of health and wellness-related topics that support an overarching goal of promoting improved physical and mental health. We work in alignment with ISER’s mission to enhance the well-being of Alaskans and others, through non-partisan research. 

Preference will be given to candidates with previous research experience, a foundation in social and behavioral theories, experience in applied quantitative and qualitative methods and analyses, and interest in research questions relevant to promoting population health through multi-level prevention and health promotion interventions. Responsibilities include 1) engaging in high quality research that leads to publications in top journals, and 2) working collaboratively on research projects with CBHRS and others within ISER. Support and mentorship will be provided to foster the applicant's own extramurally funded research. 

Salary will be $55,000-$65,000 per year, depending on qualifications. The successful candidate will also receive a generous benefits package and relocation assistance. The appointment is for one year, renewable for up to three years total, subject to satisfactory performance and funding. 

Key Responsibilities:

  1. Pursue research and evaluation on interventions that address health needs relevant to Alaskans (interventions could be at a variety of levels, including focusing on policy, environment, healthcare systems, community, or individual behaviors).
  2. Build partnerships that lead to research and evaluation activities.
  3. Actively disseminate the results of research.
  4. Work towards pursuing external grant funding independently and collaboratively with CBHRS and ISER faculty, staff and students



Located in Anchorage, Alaska’s biggest city (current population, 285,634), the University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA) is the State’s largest post-secondary institution.  UAA is considered the “Health Campus” for the University of Alaska’s multi-campus system, with undergraduate and graduate programs in psychology, nursing, allied health professional programs and social work. UAA also has a Master of Public Health program and participates in WWAMI, a decentralized medical school program among universities in five northwestern states, Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana, and Idaho, in partnership with the University of Washington School of Medicine. 

The Center for Behavioral Health Research and Services (CBHRS) is a research center within UAA’s Institute of Social and Economic Research (ISER). ISER has been at the forefront of public policy research in Alaska for 60 years. CBHRS’ scientists, research professionals, and students engage in research and evaluation that addresses the most pressing community health problems both within and outside of Alaska. Areas of primary interest include promoting evidence-based health practice and policy; addressing and preventing misuse of alcohol, opioids, and other substances; preventing suicide; promoting population health and well-being across the lifespan through behavior-change interventions; and promoting health equity. CBHRS has a number of ongoing research and evaluation projects that are funded through federal (CDC and NIH), State, and Tribal evaluation contracts, and maintains a grant portfolio of over $1M/year. This portfolio fully supports CBHRS’ current non-tenure track faculty (2) and research professional staff (2) as well as several doctoral, masters and undergraduate student research assistants. For more details, please see

To be eligible for this position, applicants must be legally authorized for unrestricted employment in the United States. No work visas will be sponsored for this position

Union Representation: This position is not represented by a union. 


Term Position: This position is for one year with renewal up to three years, subject to satisfactory performance and available funding. 


Application Procedure: 

Candidates must submit to the Careers at UA website:

  • cover letter outlining research interests and experience
  • curriculum vita
  • writing sample (e.g., first or sole-authored research article; a chapter of a report; or a chapter of your dissertation)
  • graduate school transcript (unofficial transcripts are acceptable; UAA must receive official transcripts and proof of degree by the time of hire)


Applicants should also arrange for three letters of recommendation, referencing the "CBHRS Postdoctoral Research Fellowship." The writers can e-mail signed letters in pdf format to 

Application deadline is rolling

Review of applications will begin two weeks after posting and continue until the position is filled. We anticipate that interviews will take place beginning in November 2021. 


For more information about this position, or how to apply, contact the search committee chair, Katie Cueva or the Director of CBHRS Diane King at


Reasonable Accommodation Statement:

The University of Alaska (UA) is responsible for providing reasonable accommodations to individuals with disabilities throughout the applicant screening process. If you need assistance in completing this application or during any phase of the interview process, please contact UA Human Resources by phone at 907-450-8200.

Affirmative Action Statement:

UA is an AA/EO employer and educational institution and prohibits illegal discrimination against any individual:

Background Check:

The successful applicant is required to complete a background check. Any offer of employment is contingent on the background check.

Probationary Period:

Pursuant to University Regulation 04.07.020, new employees of the University are employed in an at-will probationary status for the first six months of employment. During the probationary period, employment may be terminated for no reason or any reason. Promoted employees also serve a probationary period with limited rights of retreat.

Public Disclosure Statement:

Your application for employment with the University of Alaska is subject to public disclosure under the Alaska Public Records Act.

University of Alaska is a Drug-Free Workplace.

University of Alaska campuses are Tobacco-Free.

Training Policy:

It is the policy of the University of Alaska (UA) that all employees are required to complete training to meet the requirements of the positions they hold, and to complete the required training within a specified period to remain employed at the UA.

Contact Information:

If you have any questions regarding this position, please contact University of Alaska HR at 907-450-8200.




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