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Postdoctoral Research Associate-175185

Position Information

Position Title Postdoctoral Research Associate
Vacancy ID PDS002637
Department Carolina Population Center – 631100
Position Type Postdoctoral Scholar
Posting Details

Salary Range Dependent on Qualifications
Full-time/Part-time Full Time
If part-time, hours per week
Proposed Start Date 02/17/2020
Estimated Duration of Appointment 24 Months
Posting Open Date 01/14/2020
Posting Close Date
Open Until Filled Yes
Work Location Chapel Hill, NC
Position Summary

We are looking for a post-doctoral fellow to join our study that focuses on the early childhood mechanisms through which maternal depression, and its treatment, shapes child developmental trajectories. Factors of interest include parenting/family investments in child development, gender, intimidate partner violence, HPA-axis biomarkers, and other social and economic determinants of child and adult mental health. The project, called Bachpan, is a birth cohort and follow-up of a cluster-RCT of a community based perinatal depression intervention in Pakistan.

The project is led by Dr. Maselko, (Associate Professor of Epidemiology at UNC) with co-investigators from diverse disciplines including social and psychiatric epidemiology, economics, psychiatry, and biostatistics.

For more details on our project and team please visit This position is supported by grant funding from the NIH and CEDIL. Initial term of appointment is one year, reappointment for a 2nd year is likely depending on contributions to the progress of the projects and a 3rd year extension dependent on funding. Salary is dependent on qualification.

The post-doctoral fellowship presents opportunities to conduct research on all aspects of the Bachpan project, including leading analyses of the biomarker data (hair derived cortisol and other HPA axis biomarkers from mothers and children participating in the cohort). In addition to data analysis and manuscript writing, the fellowship will also provide opportunities to develop grant proposals and manage the project. This is a joint position in the Dept. of Epidemiology and the Carolina Population Center (CPC) at UNC.

Educational Requirements

Applicants should have a PhD (or equivalent) in epidemiology, psychology, sociology, economics, computer/data science, or other related fields.

Qualifications and Experience

Research experience with complex data and strong writing skills are required.

Some background in at least one of the following areas is preferred: global mental health, child development, community based interventions, biomarkers, social determinants of health, econometrics, or machine learning.

The ideal candidate will have excellent interpersonal and organizational skills, attention to detail, and a demonstrated ability to work independently.

Equal Opportunity Employer

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, race, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or status as a protected veteran.

Special Instructions

Applicants must attach their curriculum vitae, a publication or dissertation / thesis paper, cover letter summarizing qualifications, and a list of 3 references.

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Posting Contact Information

Department Contact Name and Title Dawn Andres, HR Specialist
Department Contact Telephone or Email
Postdoctoral Affairs Contact Information

If you experience any problems accessing the system or have questions about the application process, please contact the University’s Equal Employment Opportunity office at (919)-962-1091 or send an email to

Please note: The Equal Employment Opportunity office will not be able to provide specific updates regarding position or application status.

Required Documents

  1. Curriculum Vitae / Resume
  2. Cover Letter
  3. List of References
  4. Writing/research Sample

Optional Documents

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