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Digital Health Post-Doctoral Research Fellow- Johns Hopkins University Global mHealth Initiative

by Public Health Update

The Johns Hopkins University Global mHealth Initiative (JHU-GmI) is a University-wide Community of Excellence, housed in the Department of International Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (JHSPH), that connects faculty, staff, and students in interdisciplinary collaborations in the field of digital health. Our work spans the development of and research in mobile and wireless technologies for patient and population health. JHU-GmI’s mission is to develop responsive innovations and provide rigorous, evidence-based support for mobile information and communication technologies (ICTs) to improve global health. JHU-GmI faculty focus on resource-limited settings where the burden of disease and mortality are the highest. Our access to large field research sites enables real-world validation and evaluation of digital health technologies. We have helped define the direction of the digital health field through our work in building standards, guidelines, and digital innovations and approaches that are widely used.

We are seeking a talented, passionate, and motivated Post-Doctoral Research Fellow to join our team and be a part of the initiatives that are underway. The successful applicant will be an independent thinker that can collaborate effectively across different teams and projects. They must have significant quantitative analytical skills and have expertise in an analysis and data visualization software package. In this role, the post-doctoral research fellow will work with JHU-GmI’s network of investigators and collaborators on projects that employ digital strategies to advance healthcare outcomes in the United States and across several low-income countries. Current projects span a wide range of exciting research and innovation activities around the globe, include an assessment of WhatsApp as a telemedicine platform in primary and specialty healthcare settings in Bangladesh and South Africa, evaluation of a mobile clinical decision-support tool to advance maternal and child health services in Burkina Faso, the use of digital health to measure and improve the uptake of micronutrients in Haiti and Indonesia, and the development and piloting of an AI-chatbot to improve maternal health outcomes. The research scholar will support and lead grant writing, data analyses, and manuscript writing around a range of digital health projects. The candidate will have the opportunity to establish a strong foundation for their careers. The candidate will work closely with Drs. Smisha Agarwal and Alain Labrique. 
This is a one-year position starting December 15, 2020 with possible extension for a second year. This position is remote till at least March 2021, with the expectation that the candidate will relocate to the Baltimore area when University restrictions around COVID-19 are lifted. Given the current travel restrictions, U.S. citizenship or permanent residency is a prerequisite. 

Selection Criteria 


  • Ph.D., Sc.D., or equivalent degree in Public Health, Health Informatics, Biostatistics, Data Science, Computer Science, or another related health field 
  • Strong background in quantitative research and data analysis 
  • Knowledge of at least one software package (e.g. R, Stata, SAS) and at least one data visualization software (e.g. Tableau, GIS) 
  • Strong publication track record 
  • Great written and communication skills, detail-oriented, and able to multi-task and prioritize effectively 
  • Be self-directed and motivated to work independently and as a team member 


  • • 1-3 years prior experience in digital health and/or global health 
  • • Prior experience and interest in grant writing and securing grant funding 

To Apply 

Interested candidates must submit a cover letter, a personal statement (no longer than two single-spaced pages), and contact information for 2 referees. The personal statement should detail research and practice interests in alignment with the center’s agenda, highlight published or in-publication work that speak to the candidate’s analytical skills, teaching experience, and goals for the post-doctoral work. 

Application packages should be e-mailed to Ms. Shivani Pandya (Email: [email protected]) with the subject line “Digital Health Post-Doctoral Research Fellow”. 

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