Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Psychology

Job description

The Department of Psychology at the University of Denver is a highly collaborative, research-oriented department that values interdisciplinary perspectives (see for more information). The University of Denver's vision is to be a great private university dedicated to the public good. DU values inclusive excellence, recognizing that its success is dependent on how well it values, engages and includes the rich diversity of constituents (to learn more, please visit Students and faculty in the Psychology Department actively contribute to these goals through scholarship, teaching, and service. DU is situated in the Denver metro area, a vibrant and diverse urban center in the Rocky Mountain region that is home to nearly 2.6 million people. DUs urban location supports faculty collaboration across a number of local universities. DU is comprised of approximately 5000 undergraduates, 6500 graduate students, and more than 600 full-time faculty.

Position Summary
Drs. Elysia Davis and Jenalee Doom (Department of Psychology, University of Denver) and Benjamin Hankin (Department of Psychology, University of Illinois), invite applications for a postdoctoral fellow position, for grant funding for a 5-year NHLBI R01 located at the University of Denver. Title of the R01 is: Reducing maternal prenatal depression to improve child cardiovascular health. Fellows may be funded and supported for up to 3 years, pending performance and grant support. Position is located at the University of Denver and involves close collaboration with all PI's. Please reach out , , or for additional information.

We seek applicants whose research interests and project management skills will contribute to the aims of the project, analysis and dissemination of results. In this project, we will be assessing young children (3-4 years) and their mothers who were part of a randomized clinical trial of Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT) provided to pregnant women with elevated levels of depressive symptoms. The study will examine the primary aims of whether reducing depression during pregnancy can affect child cardiovascular health and health behaviors. Project aims of the original trial focus on NIMH RDoC constructs including negative valence systems and cognitive control, with multiple methods and measures to assess these constructs across units of analysis, including MRI, eye tracking, EEG, behavioral observation, and physiology, in infants. In the new R01, outcomes will focus on child obesity and cardiovascular risk (e.g., blood pressure, body fat, arterial stiffness), child diet, maternal feeding behaviors, child eating behaviors, and child sleep and physical activity.

Required Qualifications

  • Ph.D. in a relevant discipline (e.g., developmental, health psychology, or clinical) by the time the position starts.
  • Prior project management experience, including managing data for large, longitudinal studies.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience working with biological and/or health behavior data, including measures of obesity and cardiovascular health, sleep, diet, eating behaviors, physical activity, and biomarkers (e.g., inflammatory markers, cortisol).
  • Experience in clinical research, and in particular managing and supervising a large research project.
  • Experience, knowledge, and/ or research interest in pregnancy/womans health, mental health in underserved and predominantly minority populations, as well as developmental psychology and risk mechanisms.

Application Deadline
For best consideration, please submit your application materials by 4:00 p.m. (MST) on January 31, 2021. Applications will continue to be reviewed until the position is filled.

Special Instructions
Candidates must apply online through to be considered. Only applications submitted online will be accepted.

Salary Grade Number:
The salary grade for the position is 8.

Salary Range:
The salary range for this position is $52,704 - $64,008/annually.

The University of Denver has provided a compensation range that represents its good faith estimate of what the University may pay for the position at the time of posting. The University may ultimately pay more or less than the posted compensation range. The salary offered to the selected candidate will be determined based on factors such as the qualifications of the selected candidate, departmental budget availability, internal salary equity considerations, and available market information, but not based on a candidates sex or any other protected status.

The University of Denver offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO pass. The University of Denver is a private institution that empowers students who want to make a difference. Learn more about the University of Denver.




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Job No: 493395
Posted: 1/19/2021
Application Due: 2/1/2021
Work Type: Full Time
Salary: Negotiable