Postdoctoral Fellow

UCSF Division of General Internal Medicine, Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital
San Francisco, CA 94143
United States


A Postdoctoral position is available beginning in June/July 2017 at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), under the supervision of Dr. Urmimala Sarkar, MD, MPH and Dr. Courtney Lyles, PhD. We are based in the UCSF Division of General Internal Medicine at the Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and the UCSF Center for Vulnerable Populations.  The UCSF Division of General Internal Medicine (DGIM) at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center (ZSFG) delivers innovative, comprehensive and complex primary medical care to San Francisco’s vulnerable patients; carries out highly impactful translational research focused on generating new knowledge to improve the health of vulnerable populations; engages in meaningful policy work focused on reducing health disparities and ensuring access to care; and trains the next generation of  physician leaders and researchers in the care of vulnerable and underserved populations. The Division of General Internal Medicine is also home to the UCSF Center for Vulnerable Populations (CVP). CVP carries out innovative research to prevent and treat chronic disease in populations for whom social conditions often promote or make management of the chronic diseases more challenging.   

The successful applicant will be part of federally-funded health technology and implementation science research programs that are focused on understanding how both patient- and provider/system-facing technologies impact care processes and outcomes.  More information on the CVP Health Technology research program can be found at:



Candidates must have:

  • A recent Ph.D. and/or DrPH in public health, health policy, health services research, or similar field.
  • Experience in research that addresses health and healthcare disparities, health informatics or technology-based programs, and/or outpatient healthcare delivery science emphasizing patient safety/ care quality for diverse populations and/or cancer prevention and control disparities
  • Strong analytic skills and willingness to learn new methods.  For example, prior experience with quantitative analysis of large secondary datasets using software such as Stata or SAS, or qualitative analysis of audiorecorded interviews and/or focus groups using software such as Atlas.ti or Dedoose.
  • Strong English written/verbal communication skills.
  • Promising publication record to date.
  • Ability to organize, prioritize, and complete complex research tasks independently


Responsibilities include:

  • Designing/conducting study protocols (including participant recruitment)
  • Collecting/analyzing data
  • Preparing and presenting research findings at meetings
  • Writing scientific manuscripts
  • Applying for fellowships/grants

This is a full-time position and the postdoctoral research scholar will receive an annual salary commensurate with experience. 




Interested applicants should submit (1) a 2-page cover letter outlining research accomplishments and career goals, (2) curriculum vitae, (3) two writing samples, and (4) a list of three references with contact information (including mailing address, phone number and e-mail address) to: Gato Gourley at [email protected]

Applications will be accepted through April 15, 2017. 


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