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Open Postdoctoral position, faculty mentor Jenna Davis

Important Info

Faculty Sponsor (Last, First Name): 
Davis, Jenna
Department Name: 
Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment
How to Submit Application Materials: 

Please submit your application materials to Jia Nocon ( with "WHD Postdoc" in the subject line.

Postdoctoral Research Associate
The Stanford Program on Water, Health & Development (WHD) is always interested in hearing from promising young scholar(s) with a demonstrated ability to undertake innovative and rigorous work related to our key research areas. A successful candidate is expected to lead projects of their own design while also collaborating with other faculty and students at WHD. We encourage candidates with backgrounds in social science, natural science, engineering, and/or multidisciplinary training and scholarship to apply. Successful applications will clearly identify how the proposed work relates to WHD priority areas. We particularly welcome applications from candidates working on the economic development impacts of water and sanitation investments at the watershed or regional scale; WASH in schools and/or health care facilities; and novel approaches to measuring exposure to and/or impacts of water- and sanitation-related contaminants.
The Program on Water, Health & Development was created in 2011 to facilitate interdisciplinary collaborations among Stanford researchers working on these issues in low- and middle-income countries. Our goals are to strengthen the scientific basis for decision-making in the water and health sectors; to enhance capacity within developing countries for both scholarship and practice; to provide unique training and learning opportunities for faculty and students at Stanford and partner institutions; and to improve the health and well-being of households in some of the world’s poorest countries. More information on the Program on Water, Health & Development can be found at
Mentorship Structure
The position will be based at Stanford University, and will be supervised by Prof. Jenna Davis, Director of the Stanford Program on Water, Health & Development. Mentorship of the Postdoctoral Associate will be structured according to research and professional interests and will include faculty primarily from the Departments of Civil and Environmental Engineering and the Department of Pediatrics from the School of Medicine who are also affiliated with the Center for Population Health Sciences, the Center on Poverty and Inequality, the Center for Innovation in Global Health, and/or the Stanford Woods Institute.

Required Qualifications: 
  • PhD in a field relevant to WHD priority areas. 
  • Relevant research and/or professional experience in low- and middle-income countries.
  • Experience designing and carrying out rigorous research in field-based settings.
  • Interest in applied research that informs decision-making and program design.
  • Demonstrated excellence in written and oral communication skills.
  • Ability to synthesize research findings for diverse audiences, including non-academic audiences.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Field research experience in sub-Sharan Africa and/or South Asia.
  • Experience with both case-oriented and variable-oriented (experimental) research designs.
Required Application Materials: 
  • CV
  • Statement of interest
  • List of references


Stanford is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.