Interdisciplinary Post-Doctoral Fellowships

Now Recruiting!


The Penn Injury Science Center (PISC) is now recruiting a post-doctoral research fellow to work on the SPARRow Study (Studying the Philadelphia Resilience Project as a Response to Overdose), as well as a suite of additional research to accelerate scientific discovery to combat the opioid overdose epidemic. SPARRow is led by Zachary Meisel and Eugenia South as part of CDC’s “Overdose to Action” 3-year cooperative agreement that began in September 2019. SPARRow will focus on evaluating two key components of the Philadelphia Resilience Project, a neighborhood-based program created to stem Philadelphia’s opioid overdose epidemic: 1) A new Alternative Response Unit (ARU) that aims to reduce the harm of overdose in synergy with the EMS by distributing naloxone and providing rapid referral and transport to opioid use disorder treatment at the location and time of the overdose; and 2) A blight remediation component of the Resilience Project which includes abandoned house remediation and vacant lot abatement at the location where the many opioid overdoses are occurring.

The successful candidate will have the opportunity to work with a multi-disciplinary team of emergency medicine physicians, injury epidemiologists, city of Philadelphia officials, and additional Overdose to Action awardees across the nation.

Prior to applying, please send initial inquiries to Sara Solomon at with the subject line "SPARRow Post-Doc"

​The University of Pennsylvania Injury Science Center offers 12-24 month post-doctoral research fellowships with world class faculty from various research institutes, centers, and labs across campus. These fellowships are focused on scientific training and career development in pursuit of the highest caliber research to promote safety and improve the health of populations. Fellows receive senior mentorship and close peer collaboration in a rich scientific environment with faculty and multiple other fellows along with the active involvement of the:

Fellows are expected to collaborate on research publications and grant submissions related to population sciences, epidemiology, public health, engineering, and/or clinical medicine. Topics of study may include traffic safety, community injury prevention, adolescent health, violence prevention, urban health, the reduction of risk taking behaviors, and others.

Fellows will assume responsibility of one or more specific, ongoing projects in conjunction with senior mentors. Fellows will also be expected to become proficient in the preparation of peer-reviewed research publications and scientific grant writing and will be strongly encouraged to conceive and lead their own grant submissions in preparation for entry into the job market.

Milestones will be used to determine each postdoctoral fellow's progress and suitability to enter the second year of their fellowship and ultimately their completion of the fellowship and entry into the job market. Postdocs can follow one of two semi-flexible pathways with varied milestones: 

Option 1
YEAR 1: 2-3 submitted peer-reviewed manuscripts + 1 fully prepared grant application (an R or K award, or similar);
YEAR 2: 3-5 submitted peer-reviewed manuscripts + 1 additional grant specific aims page

Option 2
YEAR 1: 3-5 submitted peer-reviewed manuscripts + 2 grant specific aims pages;
YEAR 2: 2-3 submitted peer-reviewed manuscripts + 1 fully prepared grant application (an R or K award, or similar)

Postdoctoral fellows will be required to declare their entry into one of these two options when they begin their postdoctoral training in Year 1. Their chosen option and its milestones will then be a regular source of face-to-face discussion and monitoring for the fellow and their mentors.

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