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Social Influences on Weight and Weight-Related Behaviors Pre and Post-Doctoral Research Opportunities (Arizona)

last modified Feb 08, 2014 10:50 PM

The School of Nutrition and Health Promotion is recruiting both qualified pre-doctoral and post-doctoral trainees from diverse fields (e.g., public health, nutrition, behavioral science, exercise science, health education, health communication, sociology, anthropology, social psychology or a related discipline) with a career interest in addressing social networks/interpersonal influences on obesity and health outcomes for underserved populations.
The primary responsibility of the trainees will be to assist in building active programs of research related to obesity prevention with an emphasis on social networks and social epidemiology. The position will focus on the nutrition and physical behaviors and outcomes of youth serving settings, including underserved and college populations. The applicant will collaborate with a team of interdisciplinary scientists to examine longitudinal effects of social networks on young adult obesity. Applicants should have excellent interpersonal and writing skills. The ideal candidates will be proficient (or have interest) in managing and analyzing complex longitudinal social network datasets. Pre-doctoral candidates must also complete the admissions process and subsequently enroll into the interdisciplinary Physical Activity, Nutrition, and Wellness (PANW) doctoral program at Arizona State University for Fall 2014. Post-doctoral applicants must have completed their Ph.D. by the position start date.
Applications are invited from exceptional individuals who will benefit from involvement with training and research activities and who will contribute to the School and the field at large. Women and candidates from under-represented minorities are particularly encouraged to apply. Trainees will be provided extraordinary mentored training with an opportunity to develop research skills and collaborate with a dynamic, federally-funded, multi-disciplinary team of investigators including dietitians, sociologists, anthropologist, epidemiologists, statisticians, and other public health scientists.
The position will offer appointments (starting May/June of 2014), competitive salary, and excellent resources for career development. The traineeship can be tailored to suit the individual's requirements with potential opportunities for teaching experience, authorship on relevant manuscripts, collaborative grant writing experience and independent grant submission. Two years of research funding is available.
If interested, submit your letter of intent, CV, and three letters of reference addressed to Meg Bruening, PhD, MPH, RD. The letter must be no more than 1000 words and should address the following points:
1.         What are your most important previous experiences that make you a good candidate for this training program?
2.         What are your long term career goals and how would this training program fit those goals?
3.         What do you want to focus on in your research and how does that fit with this training program?  Please be specific about particular skills, knowledge or certifications that are relevant to your future career.
4.         Why are you interested in research social influences on weight and weight related behaviors?
For more information, please contact Dr. Bruening at or 602.827.2266.