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Robertson Fellowship in Violence Prevention Research

University of California, Davis is pleased to announce the establishment of the Robertson Fellowship, an intensive one- or two-year postdoctoral program of mentored, applied research in the nature and prevention of violence from a public health perspective. The Robertson Fellowship is available on a competitive basis to individuals who have completed a doctoral degree program (PhD, DrPH, MD) and are making a long-term commitment to violence research, either as their primary career focus or in conjunction with a career in a clinical health profession.

The Robertson Fellowship is offered by the Violence Prevention Research Program (VPRP) at the University of California, Davis. VPRP helped develop the public health approach to violence prevention. The program of research on firearm violence is internationally recognized as among the best of its kind, and firearm violence remains a major area of interest. It is now expanding in size and scope, adding new areas of emphasis in alcohol and drug abuse, mental illness, and the social factors that determine risk for violence and many other health problems.

VPRP’s director is Dr. Garen Wintemute, emergency physician and one of the nation’s leading firearm violence researchers and policy experts. It is anticipated that Dr. Magdalena Cerdá, an internationally known social epidemiologist with special expertise in violence and substance abuse, will join VPRP as associate director in June.

Robertson Fellows will participate in VPRP’s ongoing research and undertake independent investigation with mentoring by Drs. Wintemute and Cerdá, and by others from a wide variety of fields as appropriate. The specific content of each Fellowship will be tailored to meet the goals and objectives of the Fellow. UC Davis has extensive course offerings in the relevant disciplines and provides a robust program of seminars and other learning and teaching opportunities for postdoctoral scholars. VPRP is actively involved in developing health policy in its areas of expertise, and Fellows will be invited to participate in this important translational work.

Applications are now being accepted for one or more appointments beginning as soon as the fall of 2015 or as late as the summer of 2016. Appointments are made for one year and are renewable. The Fellowship will provide a competitive full-time postdoctoral scholar salary and benefits; funds for research project expenses and travel to a scientific meeting are available. Candidates should provide a cover letter describing their goals and qualifications for the Fellowship, a CV, contact information for three references, and copies of two published papers or other examples of their scholarly work. Materials should be sent to Ms. Pamela Keach, research administrator, VPRP, at UC Davis Medical Center, 2315 Stockton Blvd, Sacramento, CA 95817. Alternatively, materials may be emailed to