Postdoctoral Opportunity – Boston Medical Center

Postdoctoral Research Associate Position

Position Description and Responsibilities:

Boston Medical Center is seeking a PhD-level medical anthropologist to serve as a postdoctoral research associate. This individual will work alongside an interdisciplinary research team in BMC’s Clinical Addiction Research and Education Unit on a CDC-funded examination of public health-public safety partnerships for post-overdose outreach throughout the state of Massachusetts. The postdoctoral research associate will be primarily responsible for conducting ethnographic research and targeted qualitative interviews among law enforcement personnel and individuals who may be at risk of overdose. The associate will also be heavily involved in data analysis and dissemination. A research mentor specializing in medical anthropology and ethnographic research among people who use drugs will oversee this position and provide training and support throughout the appointment period.

This is a 12-month appointment with an anticipated start date of June 2019, with a chance for renewal. PhD must be in hand by the time of appointment.

Applicants should have a Class C driver’s license (travel will be reimbursed) OR willingness to travel on public transport.


Successful candidates will hold a PhD in social science, with preference given to cultural or medical anthropology, and have experience conducting independent qualitative or ethnographic research. Additional training or experience in public health is preferred, as is experience with qualitative analysis software, such as NVivo, Atlas.ti, MaxQDA, or Dedoose. For this project, candidates should possess a critical understanding of qualitative research ethics and be able to maintain the high levels of confidentiality, humility, and decorum necessary for working with vulnerable populations. Candidates with experience recruiting and conducting research among individuals who engage in high-risk substance use are especially encouraged to apply. Successful candidates will have strong written and oral communication skills and be able to work productively to bring research findings to publication in a timely fashion.

To Apply:

Please email a cover letter and resume/CV to Katherine Waye at Desired candidates will be requested to submit two references.

Questions regarding applying and benefits can refer to Katherine Waye,

Questions regarding the nature of the work can refer to Dr. Jennifer Carroll,