Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Population Health
South Dakota State University

Brookings, South Dakota

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Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Population Health

College of Pharmacy and Allied Health Professions

Department of Allied and Population Health

South Dakota State University

South Dakota State University's Department of Allied and Population Health is offering an exciting career opportunity for a Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Population Health within the Community Practice Innovation Center (CPIC). We are looking for an up-and-coming leader with a passion for data analytics and practice-based research, interests in pursuing a career in academia, and a desire to work on multiple funded projects within the field of population health. The candidate can come from any of the following sectors: academia, government, non-profit or private, with a strong data analytical background, demonstrated early experience in practice-based research, excellent communication skills, and some teaching/presentation experience.

This Post-doc Fellow will bring to our team a deep understanding of the statistical application, project management and coordination experience, and grantsmanship training and experience. The successful candidate will join a rapidly growing, innovative and inter-disciplinary department consisting of practitioners and researchers working to improve the human condition. This is a 12 month, full-time, benefit-eligible position which is supervised by the Department Head of the Allied and Population Health Department. The anticipated start date for this position is on or before January 20th, 2021.

SDSU is especially interested in candidates that can contribute to and/or coordinate course offerings that address the experiences of underrepresented minorities in organizations. Women, minorities, veterans, and people with disabilities are especially encouraged to apply.


The Post-Doc Fellow will dedicate 70% of their time to research and will serve as one of the core team members within the newly established Community Practice Innovations Center (CPIC). CPIC faculty currently have diverse research portfolios and grants totaling over three (3) million dollars.

The CPIC Fellow will be responsible for and/or assist with the following items: project planning, managing project milestones, holding team members accountable to milestones, writing status reports, escalating unmet milestones that are threatening the project, helping set meeting agenda. They will work with the CPIC administrative support staff on event planning and scheduling, organizing and maintaining project files, ensuring smooth running of day-to-day activities, etc.

Additionally, they will dedicate 30% of their time teaching students in both our accredited Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) and Master of Public Health (MPH) degree programs. Topics covered either independently or in conjunction with a team include, but are not limited to, cultural competence, leadership and project management, public and population health, applied research in practice, and the integrated/applied practice experience. They will also have the opportunity to work with graduate/undergraduate students on CPIC projects.


  • Earned doctorate in one of the following disciplines by the start date: Biostatistics, Health related Outcomes Research, Epidemiology, Data Science, Health Services Research, Social and Administrative sciences or a related field.
  • Relevant research experience of 3 years or more working on research projects or grants in the capacity of graduate researcher, research coordinator, project manager, or other. Doctoral training will count towards this experience.
  • Strong statistical skills, particularly in SAS, Stata, SPSS, R or other statistical analysis software.
  • Experience with survey development or large database analysis (such as electronic health record, registry etc.)
  • Experience teaching either at the undergraduate or graduate level.
  • Experience with scientific writing on grants, project status reports, or manuscripts.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Organizational and time management skills.
  • Strong interpersonal skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to work as a contributing team member.
  • Valid driver's license, or ability to obtain one within 30 days of hire, and willingness to travel.
  • May consider H-1B Sponsorship.


  • At least two (2) years of experience serving as a research coordinator/project manager coordinating teams.
  • At least two (2) years of experience with creating and submitting proposals for NOFOs.
  • A solid track record of scientific reports and published manuscripts, with at least two first authored publications.
  • Experience developing visually appealing briefs, newsletters, reports, or presentations.
  • Proficient in project management software for successful project implementation and evaluation.
  • Clinical practice or health care experience.


Commensurate with qualifications.


South Dakota State University offers a wide range of benefits including medical, dental, and flexible benefits, retirement plans, compensation packages, paid holidays, and vacation leave. Employees also have access to internal and state-sponsored training as well as reduced tuition for state-supported courses at all State of South Dakota academic institutions.


South Dakota State University is the state's largest, most comprehensive university with more than 200 programs and an enrollment of approximately 12,000 students.

SDSU offers a rich academic experience in an environment of inclusion and access through inspired, student-centered education, creative activities and research, innovation and engagement that improve the quality of life in South Dakota, the region, the nation and the world. Its employees embrace the university's core values of being people-centered, expanding knowledge through creativity, embracing organizational and personal integrity, commitment to diversity, and excellence through continuous improvement.

South Dakota has 3 Integrated Delivery Networks. Sanford Health, one of the largest health systems in the US is headquartered in Sioux Falls, with locations in 26 states and 10 countries. Avera Health is a mid-sized health system with locations across the upper Midwest. Monument Health, headquartered in Rapid City, is a community-based health care system serving patients across Western South Dakota and Wyoming.

Faculty in the College have strong partnerships with these healthcare systems, and many have joint appointments. Classrooms, faculty offices, and clinical sites are also held at Monument, Sanford, and Avera Health systems giving students first-hand practice experience working alongside real-world practitioners. Practice-based research is encouraged, and graduate students work collaboratively with faculty and students from other disciplines on research projects.

The Allied and Population Health Department houses faculty from pharmacy, public health, medical laboratory sciences, and respiratory care. The Population Health division of the department has faculty with diverse backgrounds in pharmacy and public health. The department offers a total of nine (9) academic programs across these disciplines. Faculty work with collaborating institutions across the state and nation. Our students complete clinical experiences with our collaborative partners and affiliate sites all across America. Inter-disciplinary collaboration is fostered and encouraged among faculty and students.

In addition to teaching, the department houses the new Community Practice Innovations Center (CPIC) which focuses on community-based research with an emphasis on access to care, population health, and improving health outcomes.

From 2017-2019, SDSU's NAPLEX pass rates were ranked 2nd in the nation. The CEPH accredited MPH program, is a joint collaboration with faculty from SDSU and the University of South Dakota bringing together faculty from diverse health care disciplines. The program is one of only a handful of programs across the country that prides itself on a successful joint partnership of this kind. The College has consistently recorded 100% job placement for graduates for many of our academic programs and continues to offer a very dynamic working environment for faculty.

As the state's 1862 Morrill Act land-grant institution, the work of the university is carried out on its main resident campus in Brookings, at sites in Sioux Falls, Pierre, Rapid City, and Aberdeen, and through Extension offices and Agricultural Experiment Station research sites across South Dakota.

SDSU was recognized as one of 54 institutions in the United States as an Innovation and Economic Prosperity University by the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities in 2014. The university's total research expenditures are greater than $60 million. SDSU is the state's first High Research Activity institution as classified by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.

Jackrabbits Athletics competes as an NCAA Division I member with membership in the Missouri Valley Football Conference, the Summit League and the Big XII for wrestling.

Brookings is home to approximately 24,000 residents and is located 60 miles north of Sioux Falls and 200 miles west of Minneapolis. rates Brookings as an ideal community for families, students, young professionals and retirees. It considers Brookings among the safest and most vibrant cities in South Dakota.

The Brookings Public School District educates approximately 3,300 K-12 students and ranks among the state's highest academic achieving school districts. The district includes three elementary schools, an intermediate school for fourth and fifth grade, one middle school and a high school.

The city also boasts an abundance of attractions and activities, including the Children's Museum of South Dakota, Dakota Nature Park, South Dakota Art Museum, McCrory Gardens, South Dakota Agricultural Heritage Museum, Outdoor Adventure Center and the Brookings Summer Arts Festival.


Position is open until filled with full consideration given to applications received December 27th , 2021.


SDSU accepts applications through an on-line employment site. To apply, visit:, search by the position title, view the job announcement, and click on "apply for this job." This system will guide you through the electronic application form. This employment site will also require the attachment of a cover letter, which should specifically address how the candidate meets the qualifications as outlined in the advertisement, Curriculum Vitae, and a reference page with the contact information for three professional references. Email applications will not be accepted. Please contact SDSU Human Resources at (605) 688-4128 if you require assistance with this process.

Any offer of employment is contingent on the university's verification of credentials and other information required by law and/or university policies, including but not limited to, successful completion of a criminal background check.

South Dakota State University is a tobacco free environment.

It is the policy of the University to maintain a drug-free environment and to thereby establish, promote, and maintain a safe and healthy working and learning environment for employees and students. This position is subject to South Dakota State University's Drug and Alcohol Testing Policy 4:14.

For questions on the position, contact Dr. Aaron Hunt at (605) 688-4741


South Dakota State University is committed to affirmative action, equal opportunity and the diversity of its faculty, staff and students. Women, minorities, veterans, and people with SDSU prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex, race, color, creed, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, gender, gender identification, transgender, sexual orientation, religion, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status, or any other status that may become protected under law against discrimination in the offering of all educational programs and employment opportunities. Individuals with concerns regarding discrimination should contact: Equal Opportunity Officer/Title IX Coordinator, Human Resources, Morrill Hall 100, SDSU, Brookings, SD 57007. Phone: (605) 688-4128.

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