Postdoctoral Research Associate

Boston, Suffolk County / Mission Hill, Suffolk County / Roxbury, Suffolk County / Roxbury Crossing, Suffolk County
May 12, 2016
Position Type
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution


Northeastern University

Postdoctoral Research Associate


Requisition Number: STFR002943

Division/College: College of Arts, Media and Design

Location: Boston Main Campus

Full-time/Part-time: Full Time


The Health Technology Lab ( at the Department of Communication Studies at Northeastern University, Boston, MA, is looking to hire one or two postdoctoral research associates with strong interest and competency in psychological and behavioral interventions using technology (e.g. video games, apps, etc.), with a special emphasis on obesity prevention.

The Lab provides an intellectually vibrant scientific environment for researchers and scientists who study the persuasive mechanism of media and communication technologies and their health behavioral and psychological applications. It has been recently funded a 5-year project by the National Institutes of Health to use active video games to encourage children's physical activity behaviors. Other current projects include: Development of interactive dietary intake measures, comprehensive content analysis of health games, and exploration of diverse audiences' perception of virtual media characters, to name a few.

The primary objective of the position is to conduct research in health communication and/or health behavior intervention. The fellow will join an interdisciplinary team of researchers (including communication and behavioral scientists, medical doctors, kinesiologists, psychologists, computer scientists, and biostatisticians) and be involved in all aspects of the research process. Opportunities include having access to data sets for publications, developing and writing research proposals and publications, participation in providing academic mentorship of undergraduate and graduate students and research staff, dissemination of research findings at professional conferences, and career development resources through Northeastern University and the Greater Boston area. Under the right circumstances, the fellow will have the opportunity to coordinate one or more of the lab's ongoing research projects. Depending on the need from the Department of Communication Studies, the candidate will also have the opportunity to serve as the instructor of record during the summer time for additional compensation.


Applicants should have a doctoral degree (or ABD) in health communication, psychology, behavioral science, public health, human-computer interaction, or a related field, excellent communication and writing skills, as well as training in research methodology and quantitative data analysis. Qualitative data analysis skills, proposal preparations for sponsored research funding, research experience interacting with children in a research setting, and project management experiences would be pluses. Minority applicants are encouraged.

Additional Information:
Initial appointments are for a one-year period, with the possibility for renewal, contingent on performance. Salary and benefits are competitive.

Applicants should send a letter of application addressing the selection criteria and indicating how their background and expertise fit with the specific needs of the Lab, a curriculum vitae, one print of prior scientific publications, and the names and contact information of 3-5 references. All applications are online.

Questions about the position may be addressed to Dr. Amy Lu, assistant professor of Communication Studies and Health Sciences, at [email protected] Initial review of applications begins immediately. The position can start between now and Fall 2016, but will remain open until the right candidate is identified.

To be considered for this position please visit our web site and apply on line at the following link: [email protected]

Northeastern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Educational Institution and Employer, Title IX University. Northeastern University particularly welcomes applications from minorities, women and persons with disabilities. Northeastern University is an E-Verify Employer.


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