Post-Doctoral Associate Position in Food Security and Systems: University of Vermont

The University of Vermont is seeking qualified applicants for a two-year post-doctoral associate position to begin immediately to work with an interdisciplinary team exploring the impact of COVID-19 and related disruptions on food security and health outcomes, food systems, and agricultural communities.  The position will provide opportunities to work with research teams across the United States as part of the National Food Access and COVID research Team (NFACT, and collaborate on multiple existing and ongoing data collection and analysis efforts examining food security and systems before and since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in Vermont and across other regions.  Additional details about the existing work, including publications and research briefs can be found at:

The post-doctoral associate will work with Dr. Meredith T. Niles in the Department of Nutrition and Food Sciences and the Food Systems Program, as well as other researchers within University of Vermont.  The post-doctoral associate will have the opportunity to join and integrate existing datasets on food access, food security, dietary quality, health outcomes, and food systems, including data from farmers and food businesses to more completely assess the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on food systems.  The post-doctoral associate will also have opportunities to engage with community stakeholders and policymakers and to envision future food systems, in light of COVID-19 impacts.  We also seek a candidate who has a strong interest and experience in assessing health disparities and food system inequities, which may have worsened through COVID-19.

Requirements for the position:


  • Successful completion of a PhD in a relevant field, including but not limited to nutrition, food policy, public health, sustainable agriculture, health sciences, epidemiology, sociology or food systems

  • Demonstrated research and academic excellence evidenced by existing publications in relevant topics

  • Strong data science and quantitative skills demonstrated by research outputs that use survey data

  • Experience with data aggregation and curation, especially across diverse types of datasets

  • Significant experience STATA, R, or Python

  • Excellent communication skills and ability to work with an interdisciplinary team across multiple institutions

  • Self-directed and ability to lead projects and learn new skills

  • Mature, organized, professional and courteous

  • Experience identifying and apply for competitive external funding




  • Experience in analyzing health disparities and social inequities in our food system

  • A commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion demonstrated by existing publications and/or community involvement.

  • Strong interest and experience in data visualizations

  • Strong interest and experience in stakeholder engagement, and outputs including development of research briefs, infographics or other communication tools

  • Enthusiasm for open data and science practices



There are a number of generous benefits associated with the position, which can be found at:  The post-doctoral associate will also have opportunities for professional development and travel associated with the project. The starting salary will be $52,000.



Please address questions and completed applications electronically to Dr. Meredith Niles ( Applications should include:


  1. A cover letter detailing your interest in the position, how you meet the essential and desired requirements, and details of past research projects

  2. A CV or resume, including three references (with name, phone, email).


Review of materials will begin February 1, 2021 and continue until the position is filled.

350 Carrigan Wing, 109 Carrigan Drive

University of Vermont

Burlington, VT 05405

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