Published: 06/13/2024

Dr. Shira Goldenberg (Associate Professor, SDSU School of Public Health) is seeking are seeking
applications for a Postdoctoral Research Fellow position. The postdoctoral fellow will work on
National Institutes of Health (NIH) funded intervention and epidemiologic research focused
sexual and reproductive health, mental health, HIV/STI prevention, and substance use research
with marginalized women and migrant communities. The candidate must have excellent skills
interpersonally, in writing, in quantitative data analysis and interpretation, strong time
management and organizational skills, and the ability to prioritize deadlines and work both
independently and as a member of the research team. Candidates with interests in migrant
health, sex workers’ health, harm reduction, community-based research, and/or social
epidemiologic methods are especially encouraged.
The Postdoctoral Research Fellow will have opportunities to contribute to the following projects:

  1. ‘Mamá Empoderada’ (‘Mom Power’): A pilot study of a novel mental health prevention
    intervention for migrant mothers with young children in a humanitarian setting. This is a
    community-based study conducted in close partnership with Al Otro Lado and Centro 32 in
    Tijuana, Mexico.
  2. Maternal and Infant Health among Refugee and Asylum-Seeking Women (MIHRA): A
    community-based, mixed-methods project evaluating impacts of the local ‘risk environment’
    on asylum-seeking women’s sexual and reproductive health, HIV/STI risk, and TB exposure
    at the Mexico-U.S. border.
  3. An Evaluation of Sex Workers’ Health Access (AESHA): A longitudinal, communitybased cohort study examining the impacts of structural and system-level interventions on
    HIV/STI and overdose outcomes among sex workers in Vancouver, Canada.
    Applicants are expected to be competitive to and apply for external funding (e.g., NIH career
    development awards). Ample opportunities for professional development, mentorship, and
    academic and research leadership, publications, community engagement, and knowledge
    translation will be supported by Dr. Goldenberg

    The Postdoctoral Research Fellow is responsible for but not limited to:
    The candidate will advance data analyses, lead and contribute to peer-reviewed publications,
    contribute to project oversight, contribute to mentoring trainees, advance dissemination of findings
    with stakeholders, and collaborate with an interdisciplinary, international, academic-community
  • Doctoral degree in an area of health, social, behavioral, and/or quantitative sciences (e.g.,
  • Evidence of strong scholarship through published research
  • Demonstrated evidence of organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Strong writing skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Demonstrated experience conducting epidemiologic and/or mixed-methods data analyses
    and leading first-authored publications
  • Must be willing to travel between San Diego and Tijuana
  • Demonstrated skills in clinical trial, epidemiologic and/or mixed-methods public health
    research with marginalized populations and communities
  • Bilingual applicants with experience working in Spanish
    This is a 12-month position.
    Salary: $57,000-$65,000/year, commensurate with experience. Competitive benefits package
    To Apply
    Please submit the following to Dr. Shira Goldenberg at
  • Cover letter
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Names and Contact Information for 3 Professional References.
    Screening of applications will begin immediately. Employment of the successful candidate will be
    contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment criminal background check.