Overview

The Children’s Healthy Weight Research Group at UNC Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention is currently recruiting for an Obesity and Health Promotion Postdoctoral Research Fellow. This full-time position is available for two years. There is potential for extension beyond two years, with the expectation that the scholar will work with the project team to secure funding for additional years.

The research position offers ample opportunities for training in clinical trials, manuscript writing, grant writing, use of innovative technology, and methodology, and for assuming leadership roles. Considerable attention will be devoted to developing the fellow’s line of research. Responsibilities include providing mentorship to research staff and students; developing intervention materials in the areas of obesity, physical activity promotion, and dietary change; assisting with data management; conducting statistical analyses; and writing scientific manuscripts and making presentations at national conferences. It is expected that between 20-50% of the fellow’s time will be devoted to project management and guiding intervention development as part of clinical trials in the areas of obesity prevention, obesity treatment, and/or lifestyle modification.

As a result of fellowship activities, training, and mentorship, fellows will be highly competitive for the NIH Loan Repayment Program and for NIH training grants (e.g., K awards). Postdoc fellows also will be highly competitive for research and tenure track faculty positions; several postdoc fellows from our group have transitioned to faculty positions at several different institutions through this means. The ideal candidate will have a doctorate in nutrition, exercise science, or any public-health related discipline. A strong background in statistical analysis and excellent writing skills are required.

Essential Functions:
Overseeing research staff, undergraduate, and graduate students
Developing and monitoring study protocols
Assisting in the development of treatment protocols
Assisting with development and iteration of the technologies and methodologies of the research projects
Data processing and analysis
Conducting statistical analyses
Developing follow-up designs and grant proposals
Writing scientific manuscripts
Conducting assessments of potential participants

About UNC Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention

The UNC Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention addresses pressing health problems by collaborating with communities to conduct research, provide training, and translate research findings into policy and practice. The Center seeks to reduce health disparities through an emphasis on community-based participatory research to ensure that the community is involved in every stage of the process. The CDC selected the UNC Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention to be one of its first three Prevention Research Centers (PRC) in 1985. Now comprised of 26 academic institutions, the PRC program is an interdependent network of community, academic, and public health partners that conduct prevention research and promote practices proven to promote good health.

The Center’s mission is to collaborate with research and community partners to:
Enhance the ability of public health practitioners, as well as individuals, groups and communities to promote health and prevent disease
Identify funding opportunities and support high quality research
Conduct, evaluate and disseminate innovative, community-based research
Develop education and training programs to translate research into public health practice.