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Postdoctoral Training Opportunities – Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research with the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab

Northwestern University, in collaboration with the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab (formerly the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago), announces several post-doctoral fellowship positions. All positions are two-year, full-time fellowships that provide an opportunity for individuals who have completed a PhD or other terminal degree to gain expertise and experience in health services research broadly, with the goal of preparing for a scholarly career. Openings are funded by the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research; research activities must relate to the employment component of NIDILRR’s Long Range Plan.

Post-doctoral fellows gain experience in a full range of research-related activities, developing publications and grant applications. Positions begin preferably between Summer and Fall 2023. 

Employment research-focused fellowships are funded by two mechanisms. The first funding mechanism is the Advanced Rehabilitation Research Training award to Northwestern University.  This post-doctoral fellow will develop one or more research projects, develop grant applications, publish manuscripts, enroll in coursework, and receive mentoring in preparation for a scholarly career.

The second employment-related fellowship will assist in the execution and implementation of scientific research and development in collaboration with a research team based at the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab. This opportunity is funded by the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employment for People with Physical Disabilities, which aims to:

  1. Conduct a randomized control trial of a telehealth pain self-management intervention,
  2. Assess employer-, client-, job-, and environment-related barriers and facilitators of job retention,
  3. Evaluate an implementation science approach to employment interventions in people with Parkinson’s disease, and
  4. Evaluate a decision aid to job seekers on how and when to disclose the need for job accommodations. 

Information about and application requirements are available on the Integrated Program in Health Services and Outcomes Research website

We encourage applications from women, minorities, and persons with disabilities. Northwestern University and Shirley Ryan AbilityLab are affirmative action, equal opportunity employers.

Contact Allen Heinemann at 312.238.2920 or for questions about eligibility and program fit.

Allen Heinemann, PhD
Director, Center for Rehabilitation Outcomes Research, Shirley Ryan AbilityLab Professor
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University