NYC-Based Postdoctoral Position in Community-Engaged Research

NYC-Based Postdoctoral Position in Community-Engaged Research

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The Action Research Collaborative (ARC) at Cornell University is seeking a postdoctoral scholar to conduct equity-focused research to improve the health and well-being of historically marginalized populations in New York City (NYC) and New York State (NYS). We are seeking an applicant with experience conducting community-engaged research with multidisciplinary teams. Scholars will be expected to work on multiple studies with faculty from various disciplines (e.g., nutrition, communication, policy, psychology) and community partners. There will be training on various methodologies, developing culturally appropriate interventions, and policy dissemination.


Action Research Collaborative - Bronfenbrenner Center for Translational Research ( mission of ARC is to develop and support equitable and sustainable research-practice-policy partnerships that can generate solutions to improve the lives of communities that are too often neglected. Our members approach these partnerships from multiple disciplinary perspectives and methodological approaches–we apply whichever approaches are most relevant for the project at hand. We involve community partners at all phases of the project (i.e., from study design to dissemination of findings). The overarching goal is for these projects to inform interventions and public policies, especially policies that support the well-being of marginalized populations. To learn more about ARC visit Action Research Collaborative - Bronfenbrenner Center for Translational Research (

This is a one-year appointment beginning July 1, 2022 (start date negotiable) with the possibility of renewal for a second year. The position will be based in NYC, providing the scholar with opportunities to attend seminars and workshops hosted by world renowned faculty across Weill Cornell Medicine (; there will also be plenty of opportunities to connect with faculty on the Cornell University Ithaca Campus.

Responsibilities and Duties:

  • Develop and maintain relationships with community partners and organizations
  • Attend research team meetings
  • Assist with institutional review board application submissions
  • Conduct literature reviews, write annotated bibliographies, and use reference managers
  • Collect and analyze quantitative data using various software (e.g., Qualtrics, REDCap, SPSS, SAS, STATA, R)
  • Collect and analyze qualitative data using various software (e.g., NVIVO, ATLAS.ti)
  • Manage day to day operations for NYC-based research projects 
  • Supervise and mentor NYC-based research assistants
  • Publish peer-reviewed manuscripts, policy briefs, and reports
  • Assist with writing and submitting grant proposals
  • Attend and present at least one professional conference annually

Eligibility and Required Skills: Applicants must have a PhD/DrPH/ScD in nutrition, public health (e.g., epidemiology, biostatistics), policy, or a related social science field (e.g., communication, sociology, psychology) by the start of the appointment. Candidates should also have excellent oral and written communication skills, strong quantitative/analytical research skills, the ability to work independently and as part of a team, and a deep commitment to community-engagement and equity.

Preferred Skills: Experience with diet assessment and analysis (e.g., Nutrition Data System for Research, ASA 24), systematic reviews/meta-analyses, and/or ArcGIS to conduct spatial analyses.

Benefits: The stipend for appointments in the 2022-2023 academic year will be $65,000 - 75,000 plus full Cornell University employee fringe benefits. Also, $5,000 will be given for discretionary research expenses (e.g., conference registration fees, travel, publication fees, etc.). 

How to apply: Applicants should submit the following materials online at Academic Jobs Online:

1) Cover letter describing your research experience and interest in the position,

2) Curriculum vitae, and

3) 2 writing samples (e.g., published manuscript and/or dissertation chapter).

4) Statement of Diversity

*Candidates selected for an interview will be required to submit 2-3 letters of recommendation.

Applications will be reviewed starting February 28, 2022 and will continue to be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

Contact Information:

Tashara M. Leak, PhD, RD

Assistant Professor, Division of Nutritional Sciences, Cornell University

Assistant Professor of Nutrition Research in Medicine, Division of General Internal Medicine, Weill Cornell Medicine

Co-Director, Action Research Collaborative



Neil A Lewis, Jr., PhD

Assistant Professor, Department of Communication, Cornell University

Assistant Professor of Communication Research in Medicine, Division of General Internal Medicine, Weill Cornell Medicine

Co-Director, Action Research Collaborative




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