Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine

History

The Institute for Sexual and Gender Minority Health and Wellbeing (ISGMH) was founded in 2015 and is the first university-wide institute in the country focused exclusively on research to improve the health of the sexual and gender minority (SGM) community. ISGMH grew from director Dr. Brian Mustanski’s IMPACT LGBT Health and Development Program, which has been conducting state-of-the art translational research with SGM youth populations since 2008. It was founded with the support of the Office of the Provost, the Office of Research, and the Feinberg School of Medicine. Research administration is coordinated with the Department of Medical Social Sciences.

Vision

We are a leader in research that fosters understanding of the development and experiences of SGM individuals and improves the health and wellbeing of the SGM community. Sexual and gender minorities include lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer people – anyone whose sexual or gender identity does not conform to social majority categories of sexual orientation or gender.

Mission

As a university-wide institute, our mission is to connect scholars from numerous disciplines with the SGM community to forge collaborations and stimulate innovative research to improve SGM health and wellbeing. The institute provides unique opportunities for high-level research and training for the next generation of SGM scholars. The institute utilizes innovative modalities to disseminate knowledge widely to the SGM community, the public at large, scholars, service providers, educators, and policymakers.

Mar 11, 2020
The Northwestern Institute for Sexual and Gender Minority Health and Wellbeing (ISGMH) seeks a postdoctoral fellow to be involved in an ongoing study of HIV and substance use in young gay bisexual and other men who have sex with men (YMSM) and transgender women.   RADAR   is a large longitudinal cohort of YMSM and transgender women that aims to understand multilevel influences on HIV and substance use. The project integrates various data collection activities that aim to examine the effects of biological, network, neighborhood, dyadic and individual-level factors on myriad health outcomes, with an emphasis on HIV and substance use. The postdoc will participate in a diverse array of research activities, including project-related activities, authoring and co-authoring manuscripts, analysis of existing specimens and data, and collaborating on ongoing biopsychosocial projects and ancillary studies. In addition to the projects described above, there are multiple other existing data sources for analysis and dissemination, including several longitudinal cohort studies of the health and development of sexual minority and gender diverse youth. This position also offers the unique opportunity to work with ISGMH faculty as they seek to build new interdisciplinary collaborative research projects on sexual and gender minority health at Northwestern. Opportunities exist to gain exposure to and mentorship on grant writing. The postdoctoral scholar will be mentored directly by Dr. Brian Mustanski, and co-mentors will include Dr. Richard D’Aquila and Dr. Thom McDade. ISGMH is the nation’s first university-wide center focused exclusively on LGBTQ health. It provides leadership and infrastructure that promotes innovative, multidisciplinary research to improve the health and well-being of LGBTQ individuals and communities. The mission of ISGMH is to conduct translational research that improves the health of the LGBTQ community. It was founded by Dr. Brian Mustanski in 2015 and has been the home to many federal- and foundation-funded research projects. The Institute’s multidisciplinary team includes six doctoral-level scientists, multiple masters’ level staff, a team of research assistants and data managers, and a full-time program coordinator for administrative support. Eligibility:   Completion of the doctorate prior to the start of the position is required for postdoctoral scholars. It is preferred that the candidate has a doctorate in psychology, biomedical science, health science, or a related field of study. For this postdoctoral position, preference will be given to candidates who have experience in the collection and analysis of inflammatory data as is relates to minority health, stress, HIV, and/or substance use. Applications will be reviewed as received and continue until the position is filled. While we aim to fill this position quickly, we will prioritize fit with research projects over preferred start date. To apply:   Applicants should email application materials to   Ro Truong . Applications should include a CV and a cover letter explaining fit with this position, research experience, and career goals; a diversity statement; and the name of two references who will be contacted only for finalists. The cover letter should explicitly outline methodological skills possessed by the applicant. Consideration of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the United States. ISGMH Diversity Statement: ISGMH’s commitment to diversity is critical to our mission of advancing access to excellence in academic programs, world-class research, and health programs. Engagement in discrimination or harassment against any person because of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, marital status, military service, disability, sexual orientation, and gender identity or expression will not be tolerated. Through its work, ISGMH advances the health and wellbeing of LGBTQ individuals. Staff and trainees should expect to find a diversity of sexual orientations and gender identities among ISGMH staff, trainees, research participants, and in outreach experiences. We highlight the importance of respecting and valuing this aspect of diversity among staff and trainees.  
Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine Chicago, IL, USA Postdoc