Post-Doc Researcher Position for Longitudinal Research Project in Childhood Obesity
by Szuma, Lisa K. | Thursday, April 12, 2012
This postdoctoral position involves collaboration on an NIH-funded longitudinal research project focused on the identification of maternal feeding styles within low-income groups, how they may change over time, and their possible relationship to childhood obesity.
We are pleased to announce the availability of a Postdoctoral Position at the University of Michigan’s Center for Human Growth and Development (CHGD). CHGD is an interdisciplinary research center that brings together faculty from Psychology, Psychiatry, Pediatrics, Public Health and other disciplines to study varied aspects of child health and development.
Study PI’s are a pediatrician Julie Lumeng, clinical psychologist Katherine Rosenblum, and developmental psychologist Alison Miller. Our laboratory has conducted extensive narrative interviews with mothers of 4- to 6-year-old children regarding their thoughts and feelings about feeding, parenting, and their child’s personality and development. We have also collected video recordings of parent- child interaction during family mealtimes in the home as well as during a structured eating interaction in the laboratory. Ideal candidates would have an interest in low-income families with young children, parenting, and/or contextual factors associated with childhood obesity risk, and have experience in the coding of observational data and/or narrative-based interview coding (e.g., the Working Model of the Child Interview). The position will involve refining narrative and observational coding schemes, coding, and directly supervising research staff involved in coding the observational and narrative data. In addition, the postdoctoral fellow will have the opportunity to collaborate on the analysis, presentation, and ultimately writing/publication of these data. Prior coding experience is required.
This is a one-year appointment with the possibility of renewal. The position is open immediately, but, the start date for this appointment is flexible (July 1, 2012 or earlier preferred). Salary will be commensurate with the NIH pay scale for postdoctoral fellows. The successful candidate and their dependents will be eligible to participate in university group health and dental plans.
To apply, submit curriculum vitae, cover letter with statement of research interests, one to two (1-2) writing samples, and the names and contact information of three references to:
ABC Research Fellow Committee
Center for Human Growth and Development
University of Michigan
Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.
The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.