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Post Doctoral Research Fellow

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Posting Details

Position Information

Position Number 998919
Functional Title Post Doctoral Research Fellow
Position Type Post-docs
Position Eclass EP - EHRA 12 mo leave earning
University Information

The University of North Carolina at Greensboro is a world-class, research intensive, regional University with a diverse portfolio of expertise and a particular focus on fostering healthy lives, vibrant communities and global connections.

UNCG is a leading institution within the 17-campus University of North Carolina System. Recognized for its programs in the Music, Theater and Dance; Nursing; Business; Education; Life and Physical Sciences; and Health and Human Sciences, UNCG continues to grow its enrollment and enjoys the most diverse student populations of all the UNC system universities. With more than 20,000 students, UNCG has a significant and positive impact in North Carolina and the Greensboro/Triad area in particular. UNCG is nationally recognized for its distance learning initiative and serves many rural areas of North Carolina with its highly rated online educational programs.

Established in 1892, the University of North Carolina at Greensboro was founded as the first public university in North Carolina for women. In 1963 the school became co-educational, but the legacy of providing both opportunity and excellence continues today.

Primary Purpose of the Organizational Unit

The Department of Kinesiology is one of eight departments and two programs within the School of Health and Human Sciences (HHS) at UNCG. The shared mission within HHS is to enhance the health and well-being of the people of the state, region, and nation through excellence in teaching, research, and service.

Position Summary

We anticipate hiring a postdoctoral research associate to work on an NICHD funded study investigating the developmental origins of adolescent cardiovascular risk. We are following a diverse sample of 250-300 adolescents who have been involved in our research program since they were children (starting at age 2). The primary goals of our work are 1) to examine whether biological, emotional, and behavioral self-regulation in childhood predicts cardiovascular risk factors (e.g., obesity, metabolic syndrome, elevated inflammation) in adolescence, and 2) to test whether health behaviors (e.g., exercise, nutrition, sleep, and substance use) mediate these pathways.

The postdoctoral research associate will primarily be responsible for overseeing data management and analysis efforts and for writing scientific papers. S/he will work closely with the investigative team and will have the opportunity to participate in and take the lead on publications using data from this and other related projects.

Minimum Qualifications

Candidates must have a Ph.D. in developmental, health, quantitative, or clinical Psychology or a closely related field by the position start date and demonstrate a strong research background with excellent data management skills.

Preferred Qualifications

Extensive experience with longitudinal data analysis and substantive interests in childhood self-regulation, health behaviors, and health outcomes from a developmental-interdisciplinary perspective is desired. Preference will be given to individuals who have prior experience with physiological data (e.g., heart rate variability/RSA, biomarkers of metabolic syndrome, biomarkers of elevated inflammation). The ideal candidate also has experience with statistical packages that handle missing data and multilevel data (e.g., MPlus, SAS, R), and has the ability to teach statistical methods to others. Excellent skills in interpreting, visualizing, and communicating results from longitudinal analyses are required.

Special Instructions to Applicants
Recruitment Range 40,000 to 44,000
Org #-Department Kinesiology - 13003
Job Open Date 05/02/2017
For Best Consideration Date
Job Close Date
Open Until Filled Yes
FTE 1.0 (Full-Time)
Type of Appointment Permanent
If time-limited, please specify end date for appointment.

2 years

Number of Months per Year 12
FLSA Exempt

Key Responsibilities

Key Responsibilities

ADA Checklist

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R for Rare (0-30%), O for Occasional (30-60%), F for Frequent (60-90%), C for Constant (90-100%).

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Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Resume/CV
  2. Cover Letter
  3. List of References
  4. Unofficial Transcript(s)
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