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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
Postdoc Appointment Term: 
The initial appointment has a duration of 12 months, with the potential for extension contingent on performance and availability of funding.
Appointment Start Date: 
August 1 (negotiable; position open until filled).
How to Submit Application Materials: 

Email your CV (maximum 5 pages), a 1000-word summary of your relevant research experience and interest in the position, and a sample of your published work to You are also invited to include a sample of writing that you’ve authored specifically for non-academic audiences. Please include WHD EXPOSURE POSTDOC in the subject of your message. Applications will be reviewed as they are received.

Postdoctoral Research Associate
The Stanford Program on Water, Health & Development seeks a talented, highly motivated Postdoctoral Research Associate with a background in public health and/or exposure science to build rigorous, scientific evidence on the health impacts of environmental quality in urban settings. The Postdoctoral Associate will primarily undertake research related to characterizing microbial exposures and their socio-behavioral determinants in developing an understanding of the exposure pathways that affect vulnerable groups. In addition to leading projects related to these topics, a successful candidate is expected to develop research ideas of his/her own and collaborate actively with other postdocs, faculty and students at WHD.
Mentorship Structure
The position will be based at Stanford University in the Program on Water, Health and Development ( The Postdoctoral Associate will be supervised by Profs. Jenna Davis and Alexandria Boehm. Mentorship will be structured according to research and professional interests, and may include faculty from the Departments of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Genetics, as well as faculty 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.
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
Stanford offers a competitive postdoc salary and benefits package, commensurate with experience.

Required Qualifications: 
  • PhD in environmental health, epidemiology, exposure science or a related field.
  • Statistical and/or spatial analysis skills.
  • Relevant research and/or professional experience in low- and middle-income countries. 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

  • Experience with designing and conducting applied field research on relevant topics.
  • On-the-ground experience in low- and middle-income countries, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa.
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.