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Postdoctoral Fellow - Health Behavior Change

The School of Nutrition and Health Promotion in College of Health Solutions at Arizona State University invites applications for an interdisciplinary postdoctoral research fellow focused on health behavior change to work with Dr. Meg Bruening.

The postdoctoral fellow will collaborate with interdisciplinary teams of faculty and students to advance innovative research on two NIH-funded studies by Dr. Bruening. Dr. Bruening is PI on an ongoing 5-year study that examines the mechanisms by which friendship networks impact eating, physical activity, and weight outcomes over time among emerging adults, combining social network and mobile ecological momentary assessments with ~1400 participants. She is also co-PI on an R01 study that examines fruit and vegetable consumption in schools participating in the National School Lunch program. She also has other funded projects to address food insecurity.

The candidate will have the opportunity to be involved in all aspects of the research process and be responsible for preparing manuscripts for publication, data management and analyses, mentoring students, presenting at academic meetings, and helping with other essential duties. The candidate will receive training in grant writing and help with the preparation and submission of grant proposals. Opportunities exist for first-authored manuscripts and new projects.

The School of Nutrition and Health Promotion (SNHP) is dedicated to the provision of a rigorous, high caliber education for students interested in Nutrition, Health Science, Exercise Science, Health Promotion, Kinesiology, Medical Laboratory Science, and Public Health. The school is committed to the engagement in and the application of research designed to promote health and well-being and to reduce the risk of chronic diseases across the lifespan and throughout society.

U.S. News & World Report ranks ASU #1 in the U.S. for innovation (for two years in a row). SNHP is within the College of Health Solutions.  At the pulse of health, the College of Health Solutions (CHS) is dedicated to developing the health workforce of the future. We're equipping students to influence healthier lifestyle choices; develop creative interventions to improve the health of people and populations; analyze and translate large amounts of health data into solutions; and maximize the technology, science, business and application of diagnostics.

For additional information regarding ASU, the College of Health Solutions, and the School of Nutrition and Health Promotion, go to http://about.asu.edu/ and https://chs.asu.edu.

Required Qualifications

  • Earned doctorate within the last 5 years in: public health, preventive medicine, psychology, epidemiology, urban planning, bioinformatics, nutrition or related field
  • Record of related research experience appropriate to postdoctoral rank
  • Experience with SPSS, SAS, R, Stata
  • Knowledge and experience related to advanced statistics (e.g., multilevel models) and applied longitudinal analyses

Desired Qualifications

  • Evidence of being self-motivated, detail-oriented, responsible, team-oriented, creative, with excellent interpersonal and communication skills and able to synthesize literature
  • Evidence of peer reviewed publications in public health, physical activity, nutrition mHealth or health theory
  • Knowledge and experience related to mobile programming (e.g., SMS or mobile app) or ecological momentary assessments and interventions
  • Experience with spatial analyses (e.g., GIS), urban or transportation planning (e.g., built environments) for health behavior
  • Highly desirable qualifications include previous experience with statistical modeling of intensive longitudinal data or mobile phone data

Application Deadline and Procedures

Applications will begin to be reviewed on September 1, 2017, and will continue to be reviewed weekly until the position is filled.  Only electronic applications will be reviewed.

Applicants are asked to email the following as one PDF document to meg.bruening@asu.edu

  • A letter of interest including the name of the position and rank for which you are applying, your qualifications and experience as it relates to the position, and a research statement 
  • Curriculum vitae including a list of publications
  • Copies of two recent publications
  • Information for three professional references (their position, title, e-mail, phone number). Finalists will be asked to provide three letters of recommendation.

This is a grant-funded appointment for one year from date of hire, with a strong probability of renewal for an additional year contingent on excellent performance and continued availability of funding. Informal inquiries and questions can be directed to Dr. Meg Bruening, Assistant Professor, by email at meg.bruening@asu.edu or by phone at (602) 827-2266.

A background check is required for employment. Arizona State University is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor and an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will be considered without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other basis protected by law  (See ASU’s complete non-discrimination statement and www.asu.edu/titleIX/.)