Promoting Equity in Cardiovascular Health

This postdoctoral training seeks to increase diversity among researchers who focus on promoting health equity in cardiovascular and pulmonary disease in the behavioral, population and implementation sciences.

The Steve Hicks School of Social Work and the Dell Medical School offer this postdoctoral training through an award (T32HL140290) from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute.

How to Apply

  • Two post-doctoral fellow positions open.
  • Applications are due by December 1, 2020.
  • Application materials: Cover letter; curriculum vitae; two-page (single-space) statement describing research interests, experience, eligibility, training needs and career plans; writing sample; three letters of recommendation.
  • Upload application materials here.
  • Direct inquiries to program directors:

Highlights

  • Annual $60,000 stipend, health insurance stipend, tuition, $3,400 travel/ professional development allowance.
  • Two-year fellowship, starting in August 1, 2021, and contingent upon satisfactory progress.
  • 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.

Eligibility

  • 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.

Mentors

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.

Expectations

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.

Frequently Asked Questions

Are there funds available to help with moving expenses?

No, this is not an allowable expense.

Can I expect an increase in the stipend level for the second year?

Our stipend level is well above NIH levels. You can expect the same salary throughout. Institutional research training grants must be used to support a program of fulltime research training. Within the fulltime training period, research trainees who are also training as clinicians must devote their time to the proposed research training and must confine clinical duties to those that are an integral part of the research training experience. However, clinicians may be able to supplement their stipend through clinical work beyond the fulltime training requirement.

What if I get a job offer before the fellowship period ends?

The end date is negotiable. Appointments are normally made in 12 month increments, and no trainee may be appointed for less than 9 months during the initial period of appointment.

Is there a possibility to extend the fellowship for a third year?

Not through the T32 funding at this time; however, it may be possible to negotiate a third year through a different funding mechanism.

What will the office space look like?

Fellows located in the Steve Hicks School of Social Work will share an office with one other fellow. Fellows in the Dell Medical School will have their own cubicle workspace.

What kind of computer will I have?

Fellows will order a new desktop or laptop computer, plus necessary software, with assistance from an administrative assistant.

Are there funds to recruit my own research assistants?

There is no funding to hire research assistants through the T32 mechanism; however, you could consider supervising an intern who wants to gain research experience.

How will authorship be attributed in collaborative projects?

Authorship will be negotiated with your mentor(s) and/or collaborators.

Will I have protected time to work on my dissertation papers?

Yes. If applicable, you will be expected to prepare manuscripts from your dissertation and you will have protected time to do so. Your specific schedule and time spent on various projects will be negotiated with your mentor(s).

How many vacation days, sick days, and holidays will be provided?

Time off will be negotiated with your primary mentor.

Are there funds to support training workshops and formal coursework?

Yes. Tuition for coursework is provided as well as a generous professional development allowance (currently $3,400/year).

Will health insurance be provided?

Yes. Your stipend will be supplemented by $1,500 to purchase insurance through UT Austin or on your own. You may elect to enroll in health insurance with the universities group insurance program through our Human Resource Service Center. You can find additional information on the insurance coverage including how to start enrollment on the following webpage: https://hr.utexas.edu/current/insurance/research-affiliate-postdoctoral-fellow.

Will I be able to practice medicine?  

Yes. The Dell Medical School has its own clinics, although limited in size and scope. It also has ongoing formal relationships with Ascension-Seton and its two main hospitals in Austin (Dell-Seton Medical Center and Seton Main), and their inpatient and outpatient specialty and subspecialty services. Dell Med also has formal, strong relationships with two networks of federally qualified health centers, CommUnityCare and Lone Star Circle of Care, and the Department of Veterans Affairs’ large community-based outpatient clinic in Austin. Physician fellows who intend to practice medicine after fellowship will be strongly encouraged to practice part-time during their two-year fellowship to maintain their skills. Per NIH policy, within the 40 hours per week training period, research trainees who are also training as clinicians must devote their time to the proposed research training and must confine clinical duties to those that are an integral part of the research training experience.

Will my malpractice insurance be paid for?

Yes, through your membership in UT Health Austin’s physician practice plan.

Will there be opportunities for me to participate in CME activities as a student or teacher?

Yes.

Will there be opportunities for me to teach residents and medical students?

Yes, there are inpatient and outpatient teaching services that fellows can participate in as a physician-educator.

Will I have access to clinical data for my research?

Yes, the Dell Medical School has a well-funded Data Core that provides data for fellows’ research at no cost. These data come from all of the clinical partners listed above as well as other health care venues, etc. In addition, there is increasingly available non-clinical data from such sources as the U.S. Census Bureau, the EPA, Austin Independent School District, criminal justice systems, etc. — much of which is under development but will be available to fellows as these data are brought into Dell Med’s data enterprise warehouse.