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Postdoctoral Research Fellow, School of Public Health

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Work type: Research Fellows
Location: San Diego
Categories: Excluded, Temporary, Full Time, Research

Position Summary

Under the direction of the Principal Investigator (PI; Dr. Erik Storholm), the Postdoctoral Research Scholar will be primarily involved in National Institute of Health (NIH) funded research projects related to improving the health of all sexual and gender minorities.

The Sexual and Gender Minority Health and HIV Prevention Postdoctoral Research Scholar will primarily be responsible for pursuing independent data analysis/manuscripts on multiple existing datasets focused on improving mental health, reducing substance use, preventing violence, and decreasing HIV/STI transmission.

The Scholar will have opportunities for mentorship in career development and grant writing, and will be encouraged to develop their own career development award application.

In addition, the Postdoctoral Research Scholar will assist the PI and Program Manager with other research-related activities, including IRB renewals, grant reports, grant proposal supplementary materials, and research participant recruitment and retention efforts.

*Opportunity for obtaining supervised postdoctoral clinical research hours to count towards licensure as a psychologist.

This is a full-time (1.0 time-base), benefits eligible, temporary position. The duration of the fellowship is two years - a one year appointment term renewable for an additional year, contingent on funding and performance. This position is designated as exempt under FLSA and is not eligible for overtime compensation. Position to begin on or after July 1. 2024.

Questions regarding this position may be directed to Dr. Erik Storholm (

Department Summary

The Sexual Health Equity Lab (SHEL) in the School of Public Health at San Diego State University conducts applied research with the express purpose of improving the health and well being of all sexual and gender minorities. Through innovative behavioral and biomedical interventions, we strive to address inequities by improving mental health, reducing substance use, preventing violence, and decreasing HIV/STI transmission. With a commitment to inclusivity and collaboration, we aim to empower communities and drive positive change in sexual health outcomes.

For more information regarding the SHEL, click here,  SDSU School of Public Health, click here.

Education and Experience

  • Doctoral degree in clinical psychology*, epidemiology, public health, social and behavioral sciences, or related fields.
  • Training and experience in quantitative and qualitative research methods.

Key Qualifications

  • Actively participate in regularly scheduled lab meetings and project meetings.
  • Participate in mentoring current students and research staff.
  • Attend seminars, colloquia, and other regularly scheduled educational activities at San Diego State University, the University of California San Diego, and other identified locations.
  • Experience conducting statistical analysis with large databases.
  • Experience with longitudinal research methods and data analysis.
  • Experience using statistical software programs Stata and R.
  • Experience with clinical interventions.
  • Experience working with sexual and gender minority populations.
  • Experience with clinical interventions.
  • Experience working with sexual and gender minority populations.

Compensation and Benefits

Anticipated hiring range: $60,000 - $70,000 annually

Salary placement is determined by the education, experience, and qualifications the candidate brings to the position, internal equity, and the hiring department’s fiscal resources.

San Diego State University offers a rich benefits package that constitutes a major portion of total compensation. For more information regarding SDSU benefits, please click here.

Diversity and Community at SDSU

At SDSU, our diversity gives us power and benefits every single member of our community.

Through our commitment to equity and inclusion, we encourage all members of our community to purposefully learn from one another through open and respectful dialogue and responsible engagement. For more information, click here.

Principles of Community

At San Diego State University, we are a community of diverse individuals who have and represent many perspectives, beliefs, and identities. This diversity lends our community strength, and we commit to creating and sustaining an inclusive and intellectually vibrant environment that benefits all members of our university. 

SDSU’s Principles of Community is an aspirational statement that is intended to evolve over time. The statement reflects the ideals we are encouraged to uphold in our interactions with one another. 

Supplemental Information

Review of the required application materials will be ongoing and the position will remain open until filled.

The following documents will be required:

  1. A current C.V.
  2. A cover letter describing fit with the position, and research/career goals.
  3. The names/contact information of three professional references.

The person holding this position is considered a ‘mandated reporter’ under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment. 

A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily and is required for employment. SDSU will make a conditional offer of employment, which may be rescinded if the background check reveals disqualifying information, and/or it is discovered that the candidate knowingly withheld or falsified information. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the continued employment of a current SDSU employee who was conditionally offered the position.

SDSU is a smoke-free campus. For more information, please click here.

SDSU is an Equal Opportunity Employer that considers all qualified candidates for employment and does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, ancestry, age, disability, genetic information, gender, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, medical condition, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, covered military and veteran status, or any other protected characteristic or status. Reasonable accommodations will be provided for qualified applicants with disabilities who request an accommodation by contacting Rachael Stalmann at

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