Physical Activity and Epidemiology Postdoctoral Fellow Position Available

Center for Behavioral Cardiovascular Health, Columbia University Medical Center, New York, NY

The Center for Behavioral Cardiovascular Health (CBCH) is a leader in cutting-edge behavioral medicine research, comprised of an interdisciplinary team of scientists dedicated to understanding how and why behaviors, psychological factors, and societal forces influence cardiovascular disease. We conduct basic, translational, and clinical research; we apply scientific principles to questions that are fundamentally important to patients, their doctors, and their hospitals; and we train the next set of professionals to carry on our research mission. More information can be found at:

CBCH is currently seeking candidates for a postdoctoral research fellowship position to work with faculty who conduct research on the determinants, epidemiology, and intervention of sedentary behavior. Fellows will work under the primary mentorship of Dr. Keith Diaz and will have the opportunity to work with additional faculty according to research interests. The position will include working with the center on existing epidemiologic studies to capture high-quality data, data processing and analyses, and preparing and leading manuscripts and conference presentations. The projects are funded by the National Institutes of Health and involve collaborations with existing population-based cohorts including the Jackson Heart Study, REGARDS study, and MESA study.

We are looking for enthusiastic, competent candidates able to work well with colleagues. Clear, critical thinking, strong conceptual and analytical background, and excellent writing skills are important, along with experience in sedentary behavior and physical activity research. Experience with at least one of these areas is preferred: measurement of sedentary behavior/physical activity, analysis of accelerometer data, epidemiology, and biostatistics (including experience with isotemporal substitution and/or compositional data analysis). An earned doctorate in a related discipline is required along with strong letters of support from two colleagues/supervisors.

The fellowship position start date is negotiable; preferred start date would be between June and September 2022. The position is full-time for one year with the possibility for renewal for an additional 1-2 years contingent upon performance review. Annual salary is consistent with NIH guidelines. Health benefits are provided.

Applicants should submit a curriculum vitae, letter of interest (describing accomplishments, future research goals, and fit with the research program described above), and two letters of support to Dr. Ari Shechter, email:, Director of the CBCH Post-Doctoral Fellowship Program. More information about the fellowship can be found at: