Harvard/MGH Center on Genomics, Vulnerable Populations, and Health Disparities

(Mongan Institute Health Policy Center, Massachusetts General Hospital)


The Harvard/MGH Center on Genomics, Vulnerable Populations, and Health Disparities (Alexandra E. Shields, PhD, Director & Associate Professor, Harvard Medical School) invites applications for a post-doctoral fellowship position from individuals, holding a doctorate in genomics, public health, epidemiology, or related fields, interested in understanding how social disadvantage "gets under the skin" to produce increased risk of disease. Research will be conducted within a transdisciplinary research team of senior faculty from 6 prospective cohort studies participating in the National Consortium on Psychosocial Stress, Spirituality and Health. Research opportunities include prospectively analyzing the relationship between various stressors and measures of social disadvantage and disease etiology across Black, White, Native American, Latino, and South Asian communities; analyzing the relationship between various stressors, stress-related biomarkers (e.g., methylation of genes in the stress pathway, telomere attrition), and clinical outcomes; and participating in a national effort to analyze and prioritize measures of religious coping and spirituality useful for understanding disease risk across diverse communities. Successful candidates will have excellent communication and analytic skills, be able to work effectively with senior faculty from diverse disciplines, and have demonstrated productivity through writing high quality academic papers.

Fellows are afforded extensive access to the rich intellectual and physical resources of Harvard University, Massachusetts General Hospital, The Broad Institute, and Partners HealthCare. Post-doctoral fellows will have the opportunity to conduct epigenetic, epidemiological, and other health-related analyses; participate in team meetings and workshops; and take advantage of diverse training opportunities available through MGH, Harvard University, and The Broad Institute. Within a supportive environment, the fellow will pursue original research that results in peer-reviewed publications and will receive mentoring and support to build on this experience to develop a future research agenda to pursue through an NIH K-Award or other funding mechanism.

Massachusetts General Hospital is an equal opportunity employer. Interested candidates should send a letter of interest, CV, and writing sample to Anna Schachter, MPH ( Applications will be accepted immediately and will continue to be considered until the position is filled.

Anticipated start date: Mid-to-late 2021
Term: 1 year (renewable to 2 years, pending funding)

Stipend: $60,000 plus generous benefits and travel stipend