Systems science in childhood obesity and public health research: Pre-doctoral and post-doctoral opportunities at Johns Hopkins University

The National Collaborative on Childhood Obesity Research (NCCOR)-supported and NIH-funded, Johns Hopkins Global Center for Childhood Obesity (JHGCCO) is recruiting qualified pre-doctoral and post-doctoral trainees from diverse fields (e.g. Public Health, Medicine, Engineering, Nursing, or Arts and Sciences) with a career interest in addressing childhood obesity, non-communicable chronic diseases, and related topics in public health using systems science theories and methods.

Applications are invited from exceptional individuals who will benefit from involvement with training and research activities and who will contribute to the Center and the field at large. Women and candidates from under-represented minorities are particularly encouraged to apply. Trainees will be provided with training in systems science and public health, research opportunities, and involvement in diverse Center activities. A traineeship including stipend will be provided.

Eligibility and requirements

The pre-doctoral candidates must have passed the admission requirements for a masters or doctoral program at one of the departments in the five Schools listed above. Postdoctoral candidates must have a doctoral degree in a relevant field.

Application process

To apply, please send curriculum vitae, three references, and a letter of intent to the Center’s Education and Training Core (ETC) Program Manager, Rosemary Mountain, at The letter must be no more than 1000 words and should address the following points:

  1. What are your most important previous experiences that make you a good candidate for this training program?
  2. What are your long term career goals and how would this training program fit those goals?
  3. What do you want to focus on in your research and how does that fit with this training program?  Please be specific about particular skills, knowledge or certification that is relevant to your future career.  Please also mention if you prefer to work with a particular Center faculty member.
  4. Why are you interested in research about childhood obesity and systems approaches to public health?

Pre-doctoral candidates, please include a description of what Hopkins school, department and degree program you have applied to, or are currently enrolled in, and a clear statement of where you are in the process.

For more information about the Johns Hopkins Global Center for Childhood Obesity, visit

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