Job Details

New Mexico State University
  • Position Number: 4574717
  • Location: Las Cruces, NM
  • Position Type: Health - Healthcare Administration

The Department of Public Health Sciences at New Mexico State University (NMSU) seeks exceptional candidates for a Post Doctoral Position at the Las Cruces, NM main campus.

Job Description: The successful candidate will work under the collaborative leadership and direction of Rebecca Palacios, PhD, Professor in the Department of Public Health Sciences at New Mexico State University and the Wellness Institute of Doña Ana County, a coalition of health care and social service providers. The post-doctoral fellow will analyze existing health surveillance data to identify modifiable health disparities and health inequities in Doña Ana County, conduct qualitative research to elucidate causes and impact of those disparities, and use the results to design potential community actions to mitigate them. During all stages, the fellow will collaborate with health planning and development groups to identify practicable interventions and system changes to promote health equity. The fellow will also help design evaluation strategies to examine program or system change processes and outcomes, where possible. The post-doctoral fellow will disseminate this work through conference presentations, peer review publications, and community outreach activities.

The successful candidate must commit to playing an essential role on interdisciplinary research collaborations designed to promote health equity in diverse populations. The post-doctoral fellow will also mentor undergraduate and graduate students in research.

Applicants must have a Ph.D. in Public Health or a closely related health field (e.g., Health Services, Health Sciences, Medical Anthropology, Psychology, Social Work) by the start date. The position requires skills in MS Office Products, statistical software, and evidence of engagement in scholarship and outreach as part of doctoral training or post-doctoral training. Preferred qualifications include experience with public health surveillance systems, needs assessments, mixed-method research methods, CBPR or community engaged research, program planning and evaluation, qualitative and quantitative data analysis, and health policy. Additional preferred qualifications include experience working with Latino and rural populations and ability to speak Spanish (moderate to fluent).

NMSU is a comprehensive and accredited land-grant institution of higher learning. Exceeding $140 million in research and public service expenditures, NMSU is classified as a Hispanic-serving institution by the federal government with a total minority enrollment over 58%. Faculty at NMSU participate in NIH-funded state and regional networks that provide opportunities for pilot funding for new faculty or established faculty pursuing new research directions. NMSU is located in Las Cruces, which features desert mesas, the farmlands of the Rio Grande Valley, and the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument, an extension of the Rocky Mountain chain. The University is committed to building a culturally diverse educational environment.

Initial review of applications will begin October 1, 2023 and will continue until the position is filled. The start date for this position is 1/15/2024. Applicants are requested to submit a letter of interest, a CV, a statement of research interests, and names and contact information for three professional references through the university job portal at: Please direct questions about this position to Rebecca Palacios, PhD, PHS Search Chair.

New Mexico State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

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