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Job Title: Postdoctoral Fellowship on Nature/Greenspace and Health
Company Name: US Forest Service
Location: Philadelphia, PA United States
Position Type: Full Time
Post Date: 10/06/2022
Expire Date: 12/06/2022
Job Categories: Research & Development
Job Description
Postdoctoral Fellowship on Nature/Greenspace and Health
The postdoctoral research fellow will engage in research studies with the US Forest Service (primary mentor: Dr. Michelle Kondo) and university collaborators, on the association between urban greening and greenspace exposure, and human health and safety, focusing on urban environmental and health disparities.

The fellow will conduct research associated with Project VITAL, which aims to examine how greening vacant lots can improve adolescent health disparities in Baltimore, MD (PI: Kristin Mmari, co-I: Michelle Kondo). In particular, the fellow will help conduct quasi-experimental research on the impact of various greening initiatives on three primary adolescent health outcomes: violence, mental health, and food insecurity. In addition, the fellow will have the opportunity to engage in and lead research in the following areas:

Evaluate effects of green stormwater infrastructure (and associated public participation) in Philadelphia on measures of human health and safety using both observational and experimental methods

Determine how health and safety considerations influence public attitudes towards urban forests and greenspaces

Measure impacts of Nature Rx prescriptions on youth and adolescent health

Determine the public health/healthcare-related return on investment of nature exposure

Develop a park quality index for public health outcomes

Develop new metrics and analytic techniques to assess the effects of urban nature on human health and well-being

Examine relationships between urban forests, zoonotic disease and human health

The nature of this work requires collaboration with a wide range of stakeholders including community leaders, land managers, planners, policy makers, managers, and other scientists resulting in the need for a variety of communication strategies.

Qualifications & Requirements
The candidate must have obtained (or is scheduled to obtain shortly) a doctorate in the field of geography, environmental health, epidemiology, biostatistics, psychology or a related field. Preference will be given to candidates who can exhibit the following skills and abilities:

Working in interdisciplinary teams

Working with managers, or practitioners

Handling multiple work assignments simultaneously

Willingness to learn new concepts, ideas, methods

Statistical analysis of experimental study data, longitudinal data, and survey data with spatial dimensions

Communicate research results via written, verbal, and visual means

Spatial statistical analyses (using R packages, ArcGIS, QGIS, GeoDa or similar)

Fluency in coding such as scripting languages like R and/ or Python

Members of underrepresented racial or ethnic groups are highly encouraged to apply. Interested candidates should send a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and contact information for three (3) professional references to Michelle Kondo (michelle.c.kondo@usda.gov). The position will remain open until filled.
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