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Opioid Industry Documents Archive Postdoctoral Fellows (UCSF-JHU)

Johns Hopkins University
Baltimore, Maryland
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The University of California San Francisco-Johns Hopkins (UCSF-JHU) Opioid Industry Documents Archive Postdoctoral Fellows



The Johns Hopkins University is looking for two Postdoctoral Fellows (2 years each) to assist with development of critical research and infrastructure of the recently launched University of California-Johns Hopkins University (UCSF-JHU) Opioid Industry Documents Archive. Fellows will take up their positions on January 1, 2022.

The UCSF-JHU Opioid Industry Documents Archive, established in Spring 2021, is a digital collection of publicly disclosed opioid litigation materials. The Archive contains emails, memos, presentations, sales reports, training materials, budgets, audit reports, meeting agendas and minutes, expert witness reports, and depositions of pharmaceutical industry executives. The Archive provides a freely accessible digital resource for use by researchers, journalists, policymakers, and the public. The Archive provides an unparalleled opportunity to investigate scientific, legal, regulatory, and marketing questions, and apply computational as well as other diverse analytic methods, to generate fundamental new knowledge about the origins of the epidemic, and to inform changes to policies and practice to prevent future harms.

The Postdoctoral Fellows will pursue original, publishable research using materials housed in the Archive and work closely with the Archive research team to enhance the accessibility and usability of archival materials. The fellows will take a leadership role in developing an effective organizational structure of the large volume of diverse materials housed in the Archive to facilitate a wide range of multi-disciplinary research endeavors. As part of their responsibilities, fellows will oversee research assistants charged with specific organizational and research tasks. Fellows will be mentored by and work closely with researchers and information specialists leading this work at JHU.  Fellows will be housed at the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing or the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and will be affiliated with the Center for Medical Humanities and Social Medicine and the Institute of the History of Medicine.

Position Start Date: January 1, 2022

Position End Date: December 31, 2023


Fellows should be well-versed in the history and social context of the ongoing harms associated with opioid overuse—which has become known as the “opioid epidemic” in the US, and/or be knowledgeable about research in related areas, such as the history, regulation, and impact of the pharmaceutical, tobacco, or food industries; agnotology; and the commercial determinants of health. We especially welcome applicants with training in social inequities, racism, intersectional perspectives, and political economy. Scholars with relevant prior publications and/or dissertation research are encouraged to apply. Fellows should be innovative scholars with excellent research, communication, and organizational skills; be comfortable managing multiple tasks in a high-paced research setting; and have experience with leadership and/or supervisory roles.

Applicants with doctoral degrees in anthropology, sociology, history, history of medicine, public health, health policy, nursing, American studies, and related fields with experience or interest in the digital humanities are eligible to apply. Dual degree trained scholars and health care providers, and interdisciplinary scholars are welcome.

Application Instructions

Applicants should submit a cover letter, C.V., and contact information for three references via Interfolio submission. Applications and related materials are due by November 1, 2021. Review of applications will begin November 1, 2021, and will continue until a suitable candidate is found.

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