Post-doctoral Fellowship in Childhood Obesity Prevention Policy and Practice Research Department of Family Medicine and Community Health at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN, USA. Open until filled.

The position: The Department of Family Medicine and Community Health (FMCH) at the University of Minnesota Medical School is excited to announce the availability of a post-doctoral research fellowship position in the Medical School’s Program in Health Disparities Research. Eligible candidates will have a doctoral degree in public health, behavioral science, health education, health communication, sociology, anthropology, social psychology or a related discipline. The primary responsibility of the post-doctoral fellow will be to assist in building active programs of translation and dissemination research related to obesity prevention and policy. The position will primarily focus on the nutrition and physical activity policies and practices of youth serving settings, especially related to underserved populations. Secondarily, the applicant will collaborate with a team to examine health disparities in youth and young adult obesity, and the role of chronic psychosocial stress, particularly childhood and adolescent exposure to violence. Applicants should have excellent interpersonal and writing skills and strong training in applied research. The ideal candidate will be proficient in managing and analyzing complex longitudinal datasets.

The fellowship provides exceptional mentored training with an opportunity to develop research skills and collaborate with a dynamic, federally-funded, multi-disciplinary team of investigators including dietitians, sociologists, nursing, epidemiologists, statisticians, and other public health scientists. The position will offer a 2 year appointment with a flexible start date, competitive salary, excellent resources for career development, and liberal benefits. The fellowship can be tailored to suit the individual's training requirements with opportunities for teaching experience, authorship on relevant manuscripts, collaborative grant writing experience and independent grant submission. There is also support for conference travel.

About UMN: The University of Minnesota (UMN) is one of the most comprehensive public universities in the United States and ranks among the most prestigious. It is both the state land-grant university, with a strong tradition of education and public service, and the state's primary research university, with faculty of national and international reputation. The UMN Academic Health Center comprises 6 health science schools including the medical school, school of nursing and school of public health. The Program in Health Disparities Research is currently celebrating its 5 year anniversary and is strategically focused on innovative solutions, implementing authentic community partnerships and making meaningful impacts upon the health and well being of all. The Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul are vibrant communities, combining the best of metropolitan living with the beauty and peace of natural surroundings. With more than 136,000 acres of parkland and 950 lakes in the metro area alone, the Twin Cities also boasts exciting urban living with its wide selection of cultural and entertainment offerings, including public museums, historic theaters, music and arts festivals, and professional sports teams.

Apply: If interested, submit your letter of intent, CV, and three letters of reference addressed to Susie Nanney, PhD, MPH, RD to the University of Minnesota Employment web site. Requisition number 174432. For more information, please contact Christine Ojala at ojal...umn.edu or 612-625-1654


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