Postdoctoral Training

The Steve Hicks School of Social Work and the Dell Medical School are recruiting two postdoctoral fellows through a T32 award (T32HL140290) from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute.

Promoting equity in cardiovascular health

  • Increasing diversity in behavioral, population, and implementation science research to promote health equity in cardiovascular and pulmonary disease.
  • The program will enhance inter-professional education efforts already underway at UT Austin with involvement from mentors across the Steve Hicks School of Social Work, Dell Medical School, School of Nursing, School of Public Health, Population Research Center and the College of Pharmacy
how to apply
  • Application materials: Cover letter; curriculum vitae; two-page (single-space) statement describing research interests and experience, eligibility, training needs and career plans; three letters of recommendation; writing sample (published manuscript or manuscript draft).
  • Upload application materials here.
  • Two postdoctoral fellow positions open. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.
  • Direct inquiries to program directors:
  • Two-year fellowship, contingent upon satisfactory progress, with a start date of 08/01/2021.
  • Annual $60,000 stipend, health insurance stipend, tuition, and a travel/professional development allowance of $ 3,400.
  • Postdoctoral fellows will further their research and training agendas through formal mentorship and coursework, seminars, conferences, and other career development activities.
  • Each fellow will have a primary mentor assisted by other mentors in a team approach. They will work with established investigators on research projects and be expected to prepare and submit manuscripts for publication, present at local and national conferences, and develop and submit at least one grant proposal by the end of the fellowship term.
  • Fellows will be trained in community-based participatory research methods and population health science. They will implement evidence-based interventions and/or produce scientific evidence with the ultimate goal of increasing health equity in heart and lung diseases, including their behavioral risk factors.
  • Dell Medical School is uniquely designed to promote population health while the Steve Hicks School of Social Work is rooted in an equity lens and has a strong community-based focus; the schools have an established and successful partnership.
  • Individuals underrepresented in health-related sciences: African Americans, Hispanic Americans, Native Americans, Alaskan Natives, Hawaiian Natives, natives of the U.S. Pacific Islands, individuals with physical or mental disabilities, first generation college graduates.
  • Citizens or permanent residents of the United States at the time of application.
  • MD, DO or PhD in a relevant discipline, or be enrolled in an accredited doctoral degree program and fulfill all degree requirements prior to program entry. MD applicants should have completed their residency by the start of the fellowship.

See an up-to-date list of mentors from across schools and colleges at The University of Texas at Austin. We strongly encourage potential applicants to contact mentors to identify shared interests and to determine if one or more can serve as mentors through the duration of the fellowship.


Postdoctoral fellows are expected to spend about half of their time working independently and about half of their time working together with their mentor(s). In addition, they are expected to regularly attend seminars, submit manuscripts for publication, make local and national scientific presentations, and submit at least one grant proposal for external funding.

Current Fellows
Nazanin Heydarian

Nazanin Heydarian, 2018-2020

Jahanett Ramirez

Jahanett Ramirez, 2019-2021

Tres HInds

Tres Hinds, 2020-2022

Resources for current fellows

Past fellows

Marisol McDaniel

Marisol McDaniel, 2018-2020

The Steve Hicks School of Social Work is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, religion, or veteran status in employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.