Postdoctoral Associate, School of Medicine and School of Public Health

Boston University
Boston, Massachusetts, United States
20 Mar 2018
End of advertisement period
17 Apr 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

Job Description

Drs. Tamar Barlam, Mari-Lynn Drainoni and Kimberly Shea (PIs) are seeking a postdoctoral associate for a mixed-methods study, ‘Uptake of rapid diagnostic tests for bacterial diseases and behavioral factors influencing use: development of a behavioral model.’ This interdisciplinary project seeks to describe inpatient and outpatient antibiotic prescribing using a sequential explanatory design (collection and analysis of quantitative data followed by collection and analysis of qualitative data) driven by a conceptual framework for understanding physician adherence to practice guidelines in relation to behavior change. The postdoctoral associate will have opportunities to engage in all aspects of the study, including presenting research at conferences and publishing research findings in peer-reviewed journals and special interest publications. They will also have the opportunity to work independently. The PIs will provide extensive mentoring throughout the project.  As a BU employee, the postdoctoral associate has the opportunity for relevant coursework at the BU School of Public Health.

This is an unparalleled opportunity for a motivated postdoctoral associate: as part of the Social Innovation on Drug Resistance (SIDR) Program, the associate will be part of a growing, interdisciplinary community of researchers from across Boston University’s schools and colleges. Through SIDR’s workshops and other activities, the associate will become part of a network of top scholars in the multiple disciplines involved in SIDR.

The program will provide a forum for the associate to present their work as it develops, and provides the associate with the benefit of being associated with two leading research entities with a strong global and domestic presence. The worldwide networks from SIDR’s founding partners, The Institute for Health System Innovation & Policy and CARB-X, will be available to SIDR post-docs to help their research projects. 

This is a two year position, with a start date on or after July 1, 2018.

Key responsibilities of the position will include:

  • Develop a database of inpatient and outpatient patient visits for various infections.
  • Participate in data analysis linking use of rapid diagnostic techniques and antibiotic prescribing to the visits.
  • Conduct, manage, and analyze data from an electronic survey of physicians’ knowledge and attitudes about rapid diagnostic testing for infectious diseases
  • Conduct semi-structured qualitative interviews with physicians about diagnostic uncertainty and their prescribing practices, and analyze the qualitative interview data.
  • Participate in manuscripts for publication.

Required Skills

We are looking for a high-potential recent MD or equivalent degree in medicine, or PhD in health services research, epidemiology, or other appropriate discipline. Candidates must have completed their highest level of training (PhD, medical fellowship or residency) near or after December 2016. Strong written and oral communication skills are required.

Applicants should have demonstrated ability to interact professionally and constructively within an interdisciplinary team of MDs, PhDs, and research assistants, and be comfortable conducting interviews with both junior- and senior-level physicians. Skills with statistical software (e.g., SAS) and/or qualitative software (e.g., N-VIVO) are preferred.

Boston University is committed to building a culturally diverse community and strongly encourages applications from female and minority candidates.

About The Social Innovation on Drug Resistance (SIDR) Program

SIDR is an interdisciplinary program focused on the interaction of human behavior and drug-resistant infections. SIDR was created by The Institute for Health System Innovation & Policy and the Combating Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria Biopharmaceutical Accelerator, or CARB-X, to further the understanding of how human behavior affects the evolution of drug-resistant microbes and develop the interdisciplinary, social science-based solutions necessary to address the rising threat of drug-resistance. By convening a diverse community of scholars, funding research, and developing the next generation of scientists, SIDR seeks to advance these goals. Learn more about SIDR at

The Institute for Health System Innovation & Policy is a Boston University-wide research institute that draws upon the diversity of the Boston University community’s constituent schools and faculty, as well the greater Boston bio-technology and medical ecosystem, to leverage the development of leaders and solutions for the complex current and future problems in healthcare.

CARB-X is the world’s largest public-private partnership supporting antibiotic R&D, accelerating a diverse portfolio of at least 20 high-quality antibacterial products towards clinical development by leveraging $455 million in BARDA funds with matching funds from Wellcome Trust.

Salary & Benefits

The SIDR Postdoctoral Associate will receive a competitive salary above NIH postdoctoral stipend rates.

As an employee of Boston University, the postdoctoral associate will be eligible for a variety of outstanding benefit programs offered through the university. To learn more, visit

How to Apply

To apply, submit a CV with a publication list, cover letter, a relevant publication or writing sample, and three references via email to Colleen Grenier at Please use “SIDR Postdoctoral Associate Application” as the subject line of your email.

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. Boston University is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor.

Job Location Boston, Massachusetts, United States

Position Type Full-Time/Regular

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