Postdoc Fellowship at UIC Great Lakes Center for Occupational Health & Safety

Sep 04, 2019


The Great Lakes Center for Occupational Health and Safety (GLCOHS) is a NIOSH-funded Education and Research Center, located at the University of Illinois at Chicago’s (UIC) School of Public Health. The GLCOHS Targeted Research Training (TRT) Program is accepting applications for a Postdoctoral Fellow.

This program seeks to recruit a qualified and motivated Postdoctoral Fellow who is interested pursuing rigorous training and research in occupational health and safety associated with precarious and high-risk employment. Training will be interdisciplinary and focused on the trainee’s specific needs, including mentored research experience under senior researchers, participation in a weekly seminar in environmental and occupational health sciences, participation in process tours, and participation in interdisciplinary research-focused Learning Communities. Training may also include didactic coursework, depending on Fellow goals and needs. Opportunities for teaching will also be available. 

This Fellowship offers ample opportunity for work with researchers, public health practitioners, and clinicians across disciplines, as well as to become involved with existing collaborations with community groups, non-profit organizations, employers, and professionals, including those who are currently collaborating with the UIC Center for Healthy Work, one of 6 NIOSH-funded Centers of Excellence for Total Worker Health®. The mission of the UIC Center for Healthy Work is to advance health and well-being of people employed in precarious work. This broad network provides a rich, dynamic environment for trainees and substantial opportunity for research related to precarious work. 

Applicants must have received their doctoral degree (e.g., PhD, DrPH, MD, or equivalent) by the time of appointment. All candidates must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States.

Fellows are typically appointed for two years and are provided a stipend, funds for purchasing health insurance, travel funds, and opportunities to apply for pilot research funding. Appointments are expected to be made immediately; interested candidates are encouraged to submit their application materials as soon as possible. 

All candidates are required to submit a complete package including:

  • Cover letter, including a one-page statement of interest and experience in occupational health
  • 3-page research proposal related to the TRT Program research theme of precarious and high-risk employment, including one or more specific aims, a statement of significance to occupational health, and an overview of the proposed methodological approach
  • A proposed individual development plan, including your long-term career goal, skills you would like to develop, career advancement goals, and type of mentoring that would be most helpful to you
  • CV
  • 3 letters of recommendation

Complete application packages should be submitted by e-mail to Kathy Rospenda at using  the subject line “TRT Postdoctoral Fellowship Application”. Applications will be considered until this Fellowship has been filled. For earliest consideration, apply by October 1, 2019.

Questions concerning applications and instructions may be addressed to: Kathy Rospenda, PhD, Email:

For more information about the GLCOHS please visit: For information about UIC’s School of Public Health, please visit: For information about the UIC Center for Healthy Work, please visit: https://healthywork.uic.eduFor further information about the TRT Program, please visit: contact Kathy Rospenda at or (312) 413-4528.

The University of Illinois at Chicago is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer that has a strong institutional commitment to the principle of diversity and is particularly interested in receiving applications from a broad spectrum of people, including members of ethnic minorities, women, covered veterans, and individuals with disabilities.

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