Postdoctoral Opportunity Posting # 1205

Contact Information
Eric Hekler, PhD

About the Position
Postdoctoral Research Fellow: Digital Health and Behavior Change

School of Medicine

Family and Preventive Medicine

Center for Wireless Communications

Research in the CWPHS originated in 1990 with a small contract from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to develop tools to help primary care physicians counsel patients on becoming more physically active ( It now has an impressive history of developing, conducting, and evaluating novel technology-based interventions that primarily target healthy changes in physical activity and diet. The CWPHS was founded by Dr. Kevin Patrick and is now directed by Dr. Eric Hekler. It is located in the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology’s Qualcomm Institute (, an internationally renowned multidisciplinary institute housing scientists and researchers from across the UCSD campus. 

CWPHS provides a unique scientific home for interdisciplinary scholars. The mission of the center is to foster research, training, services, and policies that advance individual and population health through an agile, ethical, systems-driven process. Core areas of emphasis for advancing this mission include personal data (e.g., n-of-1 trials, just-in-time adaptive interventions, wearables, self-experimentation, patient/citizen-led science), advancing research methods and processes (e.g., agile science, improvements in the ethical conduct of research, validation of wearable devices), and policy-advocacy (e.g., advancing driver safety, ethical conduct of research, and built environment advocacy work). We are also interested in research that has the potential to impact multiple domains (e.g., individual and population health and, if interested, climate change/environmental sustainability as linked to active transport), and that has the potential to bridge between academia to industry to increase impact

The University of California, San Diego (UCSD)’s Center for Wireless and Population Health Systems (CWPHS) is seeking researchers interested in a 2-year (min) full-time postdoctoral fellowship in digital health and behavior change. This unique fellowship is truly a transdisciplinary research and training opportunity. Fellows will have the opportunity to work at the intersection between several disciplines, including behavioral science and psychology, human-computer interaction and design, exercise science and physiology, public health, medicine, and control systems engineering. 

The fellow must have evidence of excellent writing and communication skills. This includes demonstrated ability to organize, interpret, evaluate, and present research findings in a variety of formats, including research manuscripts, grant proposals, external manuscripts, and oral presentations. Advanced training in research design and methods is required along with interest in learning new skills. For this particular position, we are looking for a candidate with strong quantitative skills (e.g., statistics, data science, experimental design), but any strong candidate from one of the areas we work in (e.g., human-computer interaction/design) is welcome to apply. 

two years

The primary objective of this fellowship is to prepare the individual for an academic and/or research career in digital health. The annual salary will be based on the postdoctoral trainee stipend level established by the NIH, supplemented by a cost of living increase. Qualified applicants will receive consideration for the fellowship without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. Start date is flexible and applications will be reviewed as received so interested candidates should apply as soon as possible regardless of their preferred start date. Appointments are for two years, renewable to three, pending budgetary approval. Send CV, statement of research interests and goals, & three letters of recommendation to Eric Hekler, PhD care of Marla Sklover
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