Research Fellowship

Post Doctoral Fellow in Public and Population Health Informatics

The Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health, in conjunction with the Regenstrief Institute, is seeking a Postdoctoral Fellow/Research Specialist for a National Institutes of Health (NIH) funded fellowship in public and population health informatics.  This unique post-doctoral program is located at Indiana University's Indianapolis campus.

Our fellowship program is looking for people who want to make the world better—and have the innate interest, scientific acumen, and desire to be surrounded by faculty and staff who are committed to transforming the public and population health care system in the US and the globe. Our program prepares Research Scientists to design, implement, and evaluate the impact of information technologies on population health in the context of public health and healthcare delivery organizations. The goal of the fellowship program is to provide individuals with doctoral training who are interested in developing further analytical, methodological, and professional skills needed for informatics positions in academia, government, and industry.


  • Participates in public health informatics research under the guidance of a primary mentor.
  • Designs, develops, implements, and evaluates information systems that collect, manage and analyze data relevant to public health practice and population health outcomes.
  • Designs new studies and grant proposals as well as the execution of existing studies funded through extramural research grants.
  • Works on multiple aspects of research projects to develop skills as an independent researcher.
  • Produces multiple scientific abstracts, manuscripts, and research proposals as well as present at local Work-in-Progress sessions, national symposia, and international scientific conferences related to their research.
  • Collaborates with other Fairbanks School of Public Health investigators, as well as faculty at the Regenstrief Institute, IU School of Medicine, and IU School of Informatics and Computing. 


  • Because this position is funded through NIH/NLM, applicants must be permanently authorized to work in the United States at the time the position starts and meet other grant-related requirements.
  • Recent graduate (within the past 5 years) with a PhD, DrPH, or MD with a focus on public health, epidemiology, health policy & management, information science, informatics, computer science, or health services research.
  • Candidates must have received their doctorate prior to beginning the fellowship.
  • One year successful experience coordinating 2 or more projects simultaneously.
  • Strong communication and collaboration skills required for working/coordinating with investigators, staff, supervisors, and project personnel across one or more systems.

About the School and Department: The mission of FSPH is to cultivate innovative, interdisciplinary, community engaged education, research and service and prepare leaders in public health and health care. Health is defined as the capacity to develop full human potential, not simply the absence of disease. In promoting the health of communities, FSPH emphasizes the prevention of disease and injury and recognizes the interconnectedness of the physical environment and ecosystem to the health of the community. Established in 2012, FSPH is fully accredited by CEPH and offers three PhD programs, an MPH with five concentrations, an MHA program, several graduate degrees, and BS degrees in Health Services Management and Public Health. Prior to 2012, the School was a department within the IU School of Medicine. Long-standing collaborations are in place with key community entities, including the Indiana State Health Department, the Marion County Public Health Department, and a wide variety of community organizations and industry partners.

The Departments of Epidemiology and/or Health Policy & Management will host these fellows.  These departments possesses a strong track record in NIH-funded research as well as extramural research funding from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Indiana State Department of Health, and the Department of Veterans Affairs. The departments’ faculty are national and international experts in cancer, genetics, coronary heart disease, diabetes, nutrition, health policy, health economics, public health infectious disease reporting, and public health practice.

About the Campus: The FSPH is located on the IUPUI campus in Indianapolis, Indiana. The IUPUI campus is the focal point of health sciences research and health professions education at IU, which includes the School of Medicine, School of Nursing, School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, and School of Dentistry. The IUPUI campus is also home to the Regenstrief Institute, an internationally respected health services and informatics research organization recognized for its role in improving quality of care, increasing efficiency of healthcare delivery, preventing medical errors and enhancing patient safety. Selected candidates will be involved with one of the Institute’s three centers: the Center for Biomedical Informatics as part of this training program.

About the Community: Indianapolis, known as the “Crossroads of America,” is a thriving economic and cultural metropolis. The city and surrounding areas offer an exceptionally high quality of life including access to museums, cultural districts, excellent dining, professional sporting events, and historic sites. Indianapolis offers A-rated schools in both its central urban areas (public and private), as well as in surrounding suburban neighborhoods. Several suburbs are regularly voted “best places to live in America” by various national news sources. Residents enjoy a relatively low cost of living, safe neighborhoods, easy commutes, access to a newly remodeled award-wining International Airport, and emerging eco-friendly options such as downtown bike shares and electronic car rental.

Salary will be commensurate with rank and experience within the range of postdoctoral stipends allowed by the NIH.  Benefits include health insurance, a standard NIH trainee allowance and travel allotment. Indiana University is an EEO/AA employer, M/F, D. FSPH is committed to building a diverse faculty and encourage applications from minorities and women.

Inquiries about this position should be sent to Dr. Brian Dixon,

Applications should be submitted online at:

A cover letter, curriculum vitae and a summary of research interests is required.

For more information about FSPH, visit:

Additional Information:
This fellowship has an anticipated duration of one - three years.
The earliest start date for this position is July 1, 2017.