Post-Doctoral Fellow

Job description

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Functional Title:

Post-Doctoral Fellow

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Position Eclass:

EP - EHRA 12 mo leave earning

University Information:

UNC Greensboro, located in the Piedmont Triad region of North Carolina, is 1 of only 57 doctoral institutions recognized by the Carnegie Foundation for both higher research activity and community engagement. Founded in 1891 and one of the original three UNC System institutions, UNC Greensboro is one of the most diverse universities in the state with 20,000+ students, and 3,000+ faculty and staff members representing 90+ nationalities. With 17 Division I athletic teams, 85 undergraduate degrees in over 125 areas of study, as well as 74 master’s and 32 doctoral programs, UNC Greensboro is consistently recognized nationally among the top universities for academic excellence and value, with noted strengths in health and wellness, visual and performing arts, nursing, education, and more. For additional information, please visit and follow UNCG on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Primary Purpose of the Organizational Unit:

Our mission is to educate students to become competent, engaged social workers who demonstrate the knowledge, ethics, values, and skills of the profession. We accomplish this goal within a transformative learning community that encourages the professional development of students, staff, and faculty.

We promote civil rights and pursue social justice for oppressed and marginalized people. We improve the lives of citizens of the Piedmont Triad and beyond through our signature pedagogy, field instruction; our community-engaged scholarship and research; and the ongoing leadership of our students, alumni, and faculty.

The Department of Social Work is part of the School of Health and Human Sciences.

We are passionately committed to encouraging students’ personal and professional growth, appreciating diversity, using a global perspective to view the world, and preparing students to be highly regarded social workers. We are committed to equality of educational opportunity.

We do not discriminate against applicants, students, or employees on the basis of race, color, gender, age, class creed, ethnicity, national origin, family structure, disability, marital status, religion, sex, political orientation, sexual orientation, or gender identity.

Position Summary:

The African American Families and Kinship Care Lab in the Department of Social Work at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG) invites applications for a Post-Doctoral Fellow. The Post-Doctoral Fellow will work on a National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) funded study focused on Alzheimer’s disease (AD) among African American (AA) kinship caregivers. Specifically, the aim of this two-phase mixed methods study is to identify: a) risk factors for AD in a sample of AA kinship caregivers (i.e., stress and cardiovascular disease) b) positive lifestyle behaviors that AA kinship caregivers rely on to reduce their stress and promote physical health, and c) negative coping strategies that might amplify stress and poor physical health. The primary responsibilities of this position involve collecting quantitative and qualitative data, coding and analyzing qualitative data, and manuscript preparation. The candidate will also be expected to assist with the preparation of IRB protocols and support laboratory management. Some duties may be done remotely.

The Post-Doctoral Fellow will work closely with Dr. Tyreasa Washington, and will have the opportunity to participate in and take lead on publication using data from this or other related projects. They will also have the opportunity to present at conferences and attend trainings. The UNCG department of social work is dedicated to improving the lives of citizens of the Piedmont Triad and beyond through various means including our signature pedagogy and our community-engaged scholarship and research.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • For this position, we seek a highly motivated, proactive, and collaborative scholar who is able to work independently.
  • The candidate should have completed a doctorate in social work, psychology, public health, or related disciplines.
  • ABD will be considered if candidate is near completion of their degree. Dissertation must be defended prior to employment.
  • The candidate must have basic statistical computational skills (e.g., SPSS, Excel) and experience working with qualitative data.
  • Candidate must also have prior research training and experience, strong written and oral communication skills, and experience in manuscript preparation.

Preferred Qualifications:

Candidates with experience in manuscript preparation. Candidates with substantive interests in physical and mental health outcomes among African Americans, as well as experience working with diverse populations.

Special Instructions to Applicants:

Applicants are required to upload the following documents with their electronic application:

  • Resume
  • Cover Letter
  • List of References

Applicants are required to upload a list of references of at least three (3) professional references that includes:

  • Name
  • Company Name
  • Type of reference (Professional, Supervisor, Colleague, Academic or Personal). One (1) of those references will need to be a current or previous supervisor.
  • Email Address
  • Contact Phone Number

Applications are not successfully submitted until an online confirmation number has been received at the end of the application process.

Recruitment Range:


Org #-Department:

Social Work - 12401

Job Open Date:


Open Until Filled:




Type of Appointment:

Time Limited

If time-limited, please specify end date for appointment.:

The position is for 1 year, but there may be an opportunity for the postdoc to continue working on the project after the 1 year appointment. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

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Key Responsibility:

Data Collection

Essential Tasks:

The postdoc will lead the collection of hair samples from research participants and send them to the lab for analysis, as well as lead the collection of data via standardized measures and qualitative interviews.

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Data Anaylsis

Essential Tasks:

The main data analysis that the postdoc will conduct is to create a qualitative codebook, lead the team in coding and analyzing qualitative data. Also, the postdoc should be able to manage quantitative data in a statistical software program such as SPSS and conduct basic univariate and bivariate analysis

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Manuscript Preparation

Essential Tasks:

The postdoc will work closely with the research team to use data from this and other related projects to develop and submit peer reviewed manuscripts.

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Support Laboratory Management

Essential Tasks:

The postdoc will coordinate ordering supplies for the lab, organize and store data in the lab, assist with training and supervision of other research assistants.

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IRB and/or Grant Applications

Essential Tasks:

The postdoc will assist with preparing IRB documents and grant applications to extend the work of this project and other related projects.

Physical Effort:

Holding - O, Reading - C, Writing - C, Hearing - C, Talking - C, Standing - F, Sitting - F, Walking - F

Work Environment:

Inside - F




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Job No:
Posted: 1/27/2021
Application Due: 4/27/2021
Work Type: Full Time