Doctoral Research Assistantship in Medical Anthropology – Department of Global and Sociocultural Studies, Florida International University
The Department of Global and Sociocultural Studies (GSS), School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA), at Florida International University, is recruiting a doctoral student to be funded on a research assistantship that will provide a tuition waiver and a stipend for up to four years (annual renewal of the assistantship is contingent upon satisfactory performance and progress toward degree). The student will have the opportunity to learn through direct collaboration with a renowned international team of investigators while working on a federally funded project designed to inform policies and programs aiming to address the impact of HIV/AIDS and the drug economy in the Caribbean. The ideal candidate is expected to enter the doctoral program in fall, 2014, and to work simultaneously toward a dissertation project emerging from the research. The assistantship is made possible by a grant from the National Institute on Drug Abuse to Dr. Mark Padilla (Principal Investigator and Associate Professor of anthropology in GSS), and consists of a mixed-method ethnographic research project on sexuality, migration, the tourism industry, and the HIV/drug use syndemic in the Dominican Republic. Data collection and administrative trips – some of them for extended periods – are expected of the fellow, as permitted by the GSS doctoral curriculum. A summary of Dr. Padilla’s research can be found at the following website: http://gss.fiu.edu/people/faculty/mark-padilla/.
The ideal candidate will have some of the following characteristics: fluency in English and Spanish; strong writing skills; social science training and research experience; exposure to medical anthropology, medical sociology, medical geography, and/or public health; ability to work well cross-culturally and with interdisciplinary teams; experience working on international or community collaborative projects, particularly in Latin America and the Caribbean, or among Latinos in the US; a demonstrated desire to conduct theoretically sophisticated, policy-relevant, applied research.
The successful candidate must also be admitted to the doctoral program in GSS. For application requirements and procedures for the doctoral program, see http://gss.fiu.edu/graduate-programs/applying-to-graduate-program/. To apply for the assistantship, please send a CV, a statement of research interests, one writing sample, and three references to Dr. Mark Padilla (firstname.lastname@example.org) by January 15, 2014. Questions regarding this assistantship can also be directed to Dr. Padilla. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, and may be considered after January 15 if the ideal candidate has not been identified. Interested candidates are encouraged to simultaneously prepare an application to the GSS doctoral program, which is due on April 1, 2014.
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