Post-Doctoral Research Fellow

Position Description: The Division of Epidemiology, Department of Medicine, in the Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) is seeking a post-doctoral research fellow with training in nutrition, childhood obesity, and/or behavioral interventions. The fellow will collaborate with a multidisciplinary research team at VUMC, Vanderbilt Schools of Nursing and Engineering, Tennessee State University Cooperative Extension Service, and Tennessee Department of Health’s Women, Infants, and Children supplemental nutrition program (WIC). We will adapt, disseminate, implement, and evaluate the CHEW smartphone application designed to increase WIC family benefit redemption and improve diet quality and other obesity risk factors among preschool-aged children, while training the next generation of childhood obesity researchers and professionals. This position offers an intensive mentored training experience in childhood obesity prevention and community-engaged research, which includes working on all aspects of the project and developing a research agenda to prepare for transitioning to a faculty position and an independent community-engaged researcher.

Job responsibilities include but are not limited to the following: assist with smartphone application design, develop intervention content, conduct user testing, prepare measurement tools and study protocols, train WIC clinic staff, engage stakeholders, assist with data collection and analysis, implement quality control, supervise student trainees, plan dissemination activities, work on an independent research project, present research at conferences, prepare scientific manuscripts as lead author and co-author, and submit at least one funding application.

Applications will be reviewed on rolling basis. The earliest start date is 5/1/2017. This is a full-time position with a two-year appointment. Salary is dependent upon years of education and experience. Background screens will be performed and education will be verified prior to employment.

Qualifications: The position requires a completed PhD, DrPH, or other doctoral degree (or expected completion of the degree by May 2017) in nutrition, public health, sociology, psychology, or similar field. Candidate should demonstrate evidence of a research agenda focused on nutrition and obesity prevention, preferably with experience working with racially- and ethnically-diverse low-resource populations. Candidate must possess the ability to multi-task, be extremely organized, efficient, detail oriented, a team player, and self-starter. Excellent communication skills and ability to function independently are also essential. Proficient computer skills with mastery of Microsoft Office as well as proficiency with a statistical analysis package (STATA, SPSS, R, etc.) are preferred. Fluency in Spanish is a plus.

Vanderbilt University, located in Tennessee’s capital city of Nashville, Tennesse, is one of America’s premier private universities. Vanderbilt University Medical Center was also recently ranked as one of the best institutions for postdoctoral fellows in a survey conducted by The Scientist.

If interested in applying, please send a letter of interest and CV to n.cao@vanderbilt.edu.

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