Postdoctoral Research Associate-Obesity Prevention Policy Studies (PDS002345)

Position Information
Status position filled
Position Title Postdoctoral Research Associate
Vacancy ID PDS002345
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 07/01/2019
Estimated Duration of Appointment 12 Months
Posting Open Date 04/04/2019
Posting Close Date
Open Until Filled Yes
Work Location Chapel Hill, NC
Position Summary

We are searching for a postdoctoral associate to join our Wellcome Trust-funded study that aims to inform policies to mitigate climate change and prevent non-communicable diseases through the reduction of red and processed meat intake.

The postdoctoral fellow will be responsible for leading a study to develop and evaluate health and climate warnings for red and processed meat. This will include leading a randomized controlled trial to test the impact of taxes and warnings on red and processed meat purchases in a virtual online supermarket.

Additional responsibilities will include:
• Preparing manuscripts in collaboration with our team, including leading first author publications
• Developing new study ideas and incorporating them into planned or new research
• Assisting with grant writing and leading own grant applications
• Presenting research at national conferences and meetings, attending research seminars at the Carolina Population Center, and mentoring graduate students

The fellow will be joining a highly productive research team led by Lindsey Smith Taillie. The research will take place at the Carolina Population Center, an NIH-funded center comprised of 60+ faculty spanning 15 departments. The postdoctoral fellow will work as part of a highly-interdisciplinary collaborative team with expertise in nutrition epidemiology, food policy, health behavior, visual communication, economics, and environmental science. Dr. Taillie’s lab is part of the Global Food Research Program, and focuses on food policies to prevent obesity and related co-morbidities in the US and internationally. The postdoctoral fellow will also have the opportunity to collaborate on additional studies relating to policies to reduce sugar-sweetened beverage intake, including taxes, warning labels, and nutrition claims.

We are seeking a productive, self-driven, interdisciplinary, and collaborative scientist. Ideally, the candidate will have experience in health behavior, health psychology, or behavioral science, including leading the development and implementation of experiments to study changes in health-related consumer behavior.

The work uses highly innovative research designs and will inform policies addressing climate change and NCDs. Additionally, there will be ample opportunities for connecting with a wider network of scientists and for career development, including collaboration with other scientists in the Global Food Research Program (Drs. Barry Popkin, Shu Wen Ng, and Marissa Hall), other faculty at the Carolina Population Center, and scientists at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health (including study co-PI Lindsay Jaacks and former EPA Director Gina McCarthy).

The initial term of appointment is one year, reappointment for a 2nd and 3rd year is likely contingent on contributions and funding.

Educational Requirements

A PhD or equivalent in nutrition, public health, health behavior, psychology, or a related behavioral science field.

Qualifications and Experience

Must have training in experimental design and quantitative statistical methods. Experience in food policy, non-communicable diseases, obesity prevention, nutrition, health communication, behavioral economics, or environmental sciences is helpful but not required.

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 relevant publication, cover letter summarizing qualifications, and a list of 3 references.

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Applicant Documents

Required Documents

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

Optional Documents

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