Postdoctoral Research Associate Position
Self-Regulation in Childhood and Cardiometabolic Risk in Adolescence and Young Adulthood
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, with Dr. Laurie Wideman Department of Kinesiology, Dr. Susan Calkins Human Development and Family Studies, Dr. Lenka Shriver Nutrition, Dr. Susan Keane Psychology and Dr. Lilly Shanahan, University of Zurich, Psychology.
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.
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. 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.
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.
The position will begin between June and August 2017 and may be renewed for up to 2 years total. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Please send your application or direct any questions to: Drs. Laurie Wideman and Susan Calkins (firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com).
Application materials should include a 1-2 page statement of research interests, a CV, and contact information for three references.