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The Vanderbilt Center for Medicine, Health, and Society seeks a postdoctoral scholar in LGBT Aging, Social Networks, and Policy (broadly defined).

Medicine, Health & Society

This position will be affiliated with the Vanderbilt LGBT Policy Lab and report to Professor Tara McKay. The ideal candidate is a quantitative social scientist who has an interest in studying the effects of discrimination, social networks, and policy contexts on health and other outcomes among older LGBT adults living in the US South. Experience with programming in Stata (required), R (beneficial), or Python (beneficial), and handling large datasets is required. A PhD (or equivalent) in sociology, demography, economics, health services research, LGBT studies, political science, public health, public policy, or a related field is required. Preference will be given to individuals pursuing an academic career who have a strong desire to lead independent projects and publish as a first author.

Responsibilities include:
1. Making research contributions to grant-funded research aims, including managing, cleaning, and analyzing panel survey data.
2. Carrying out an active research program focusing on LGBT aging, and social networks and/or policy effects.
3. Participating in a weekly colloquium series on LGBT policies and populations

With funding from an R01 award from the National Institutes of Health, Professor McKay and colleagues are collecting new longitudinal panel data on social networks and health from a cohort of 50- to 70-year-old sexual and gender minorities living in and around four midsize cities in the South: Birmingham and Montgomery, Alabama; Raleigh, North Carolina; and Nashville, Tennessee. The research team at Vanderbilt brings together a multidisciplinary and highly effective group of scholars with specializations in social networks (Tara McKay, sociology), LGBT health and demography (Christopher Carpenter, economics), and health disparities (Lauren Gaydosh, sociology at UT Austin; Gilbert Gonzales, health services research) to advance data and public health interventions for older sexual and gender minority populations in the US South. The postdoc will work closely with the PI (Tara McKay) and affiliated faculty in the LGBT Policy Lab and the applicant’s academic home department.

The one-year appointment will begin on or after 7/1/2022 and carries the possibility of a second year renewal with satisfactory performance. Our strong preference is for a candidate to be able to spend both AY 22-23 and AY 23-24 at Vanderbilt. Salary is commensurate with NIH Salary guidelines for post-doctoral researchers. The position also includes a $2,500 research/travel fund (annual), compute, office space, health insurance, and eligibility for other benefits ( This in-residence position requires a physical presence in Nashville for the term of the fellowship.

Center for Medicine, Health, and Society
The Center for Medicine, Health, and Society (MHS) is comprised of undergraduate and graduate programs. The Medicine, Health & Society Program has over 15 full-time faculty members that teach an array of courses and work extensively on research projects. The program hosts several lecture series with prestigious guests throughout the Academic Year.

Vanderbilt LGBT Policy Lab
With funding from a Vanderbilt Trans-Institutional Programs Award (, the LGBT Policy Lab brings together Vanderbilt experts from multiple units including: economics, education, divinity, health policy, law, medicine, MHS, political science, religious studies, and sociology.

Applicants should send a single .pdf that includes a cover letter, CV, writing sample, and the contact information for three references to Tara McKay at: Applications will be considered immediately and accepted until the position is filled.

Vanderbilt University is committed to recruiting and retaining an academically and culturally diverse community of exceptional scholars. Women, minorities, and members of other underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply. Vanderbilt University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer.

Tara McKay
: (615) 322-0718
2021-10-12 19:59:06

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