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Postdoctoral/Postgraduate Fellowship in Public Health Systems and Service Research

at the University of Colorado Denver, School of Public Affairs


The PARTNER  (Program to Analyze, Record, and Track Networks to Enhance Relationships) project (www.partnertool.net) invites applications for a postdoctoral/postgraduate fellowship position in the School of Public Affairs at the University of Colorado Denver, with an available start date of July  1, 2010. This project, funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, is part of the growing body of work in Public Health Systems and Services Research.  PARNTER links an evidence-based approach for system assessment and planning to the practice of intersectoral collaboration in public health.   The applicant who fills this position will provide support to users of PARTNER, contribute to future development of PARTNER, provide project management for ongoing PARTNER projects, and take responsibility for completing a research project suitable for publication by the end of the fellowship position.


Applying social network analysis methodology, the PARTNER model entails a standardized survey and automated analyis tool.  The primary goal of the PARTNER project is to provide a resource for planning and evaluation in the area of collaboration and partnerships in public health practice.  The results from the analysis of PARTNER help collaboratives strategically plan ways to work together in order to address health issues facing their community, specifically to implement performance improvement and action planning.  Additionally,  the PARTNER program includes several ongoing research projects,  making a substantial contribution to the growing PHSSR community. Each survey that is launched through PARTNER has the potential to contribute to an unprecedented project to build the largest, whole network dataset on public health collaboratives, fostering new capacity to answer pressing research questions in the field. The applicant that fills this position will have a strong analytic background, coupled with an interest and experience in applied public health systems and services research in the area of collaboration and partnership. 


While a PhD is preferred, applicants with a Master’s in Public Health, Public Administration, or a related discipline will be reviewed.  We are looking for someone with interest and some expertise in all or some of the following areas: social network analysis, public health systems and services research, organization theory, survey research, and project management. We are also especially interested in applicants with practical experience in public health, specifically in collaboration and partnerships.  This salaried position includes full benefits from the University of Colorado Denver, office space and computing equipment at UC Denver, as well as travel support for presentation of research at professional conferences for up to two years.

The fellowship responsibilities will include:

·         Providing support to the PARTNER project through training and technical assistance;

·         Management and analysis of the PARTNER database including consolidating PARTNER data from all uses of the tool into one comprehensive database;

·         Creating new opportunities for informing and educating potential users on PARTNER as resource;

·         Grant writing support;

·         Completing an ongoing (or initiating a new) research project that results in conference  and academic journal submission.

Applicants should submit the following to Dr. Danielle Varda at [log in to unmask]:  1)a curriculum vitae;  2) statement of overall research experience and interests, specifically as it relates to SNA and PHSSR;  3) contact information for three references; and 4) a writing sample (working paper or published work).  The position will remain open until filled.




Danielle M. Varda, PhD

Assistant Professor

University of Colorado Denver

School of Public Affairs

1380 Lawrence St., Suite 500

P.O. Box 173364 – Campus Box 142

Denver, CO 80217-3364


phone:  303-315-2129

email:  [log in to unmask]


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