Post Doctoral Fellow - Psychology

Clemson University
Oconee Memorial Hospital, Seneca, SC

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Post Doctoral Fellow - Psychology

Oconee Memorial Hospital, Seneca, SC
Open Date:
May 13, 2022


The Institute for Engaged Aging (IEA) at Clemson University is pleased to offer a postdoctoral fellow or research assistant professor position for an emerging scholar. The emerging scholar will work closely with a multidisciplinary faculty team at the IEA focused on research dissemination using existing data and preparation of grant applications. This position will support the strategic objectives of the Clemson FORWARD mission related to human resilience by promoting healthy aging for older adults into advanced ages and health innovation by developing novel solutions for preventing, detecting, and improving outcomes across the ADRD continuum and reducing ADRD disparities

The IEA is led by Dr. Lesley Ross and includes faculty affiliates from a range of disciplines, all committed to helping older adults retain independence and the ability to stay fully engaged in life. The core research clusters within the IEA include the broad areas of cognition and aging, mobility, built environment and technology supports for aging in place, and interventions aimed at optimizing health and well-being across the lifespan.

The position will primarily focus on research related to Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias (ADRD), including one or more of the following areas:

1) methods for early detection,
2) preventing or delaying disease onset,
3) care planning,
4) maintaining functional independence and autonomy,
5) optimizing dementia care, 6) facilitating formal and informal caregiving, and
7) reducing ADRD disparities.

The emerging scholar will be provided with hands-on training and mentorship from faculty with direct and indirect expertise along the ADRD continuum and access to a range of data for research dissemination. Data types include observational and experimental data ranging from health records, human imaging, fMRI, and blood-based biomarkers to daily ecological momentary assessments of health, cognition, and lifestyle factors. Primary responsibilities will include preparation of manuscripts, grant proposals, and conference presentations; and participation in interdisciplinary research groups that design new studies. The fellow will have opportunities to publish, and access to exceptional resources to facilitate his or her independent research. Additional opportunities to work with IEA faculty may also be available.


A Ph.D. in the social, behavioral or health sciences; relevant research experience; strong statistical and writing skills; and the capacity to work closely with others.

Application Instructions:

To apply, please upload the following materials to Interfolio (

(1) a letter of application indicating research interests, career goals, and experience;
(2) a curriculum vita; and
(3) three letters of professional reference.

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

Please visit our website for more information regarding the IEA .

For more information, please contact Dr. Ross at

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:
Clemson University is an AA/EEO employer and does not discriminate against any person or group on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, pregnancy, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, veteran status or genetic information. Clemson University is building a culturally diverse faculty and staff committed to working in a multicultural environment and encourages applications from minorities and women.


Working at Clemson University

Clemson is a dynamic research university located in Upstate South Carolina at the center of the booming I-85 corridor between Charlotte, N.C., and Atlanta, Ga. One of the nation’s most selective public research universities according to U.S. News & World Report and The Princeton Review, Clemson University is the school of choice among top students in South Carolina and is increasingly competitive for the best students in the region and the nation. More than 17,100 students select from 70 undergraduate and 100 graduate degree programs through five academic colleges: Agriculture, Forestry and Life SciencesArchitecture, Arts and HumanitiesBusiness and Behavioral ScienceEngineering and Science; and Health, Education and Human Development.

Clemson’s transformation into a leading research institution — currently attracting in excess of $140 million in externally funded research and sponsored program awards per year — is based upon an academic plan that identifies eight emphasis areas in which the University has opportunities to increase education and research, to align with South Carolina’s economic development needs and to draw upon faculty strengths. Emphasis areas include automotive and transportation technology, advanced materials, biotechnology and biomedical sciences, leadership and entrepreneurship, sustainable environment, information and communication technology, family and community living, and general education.

Major economic development initiatives that have emerged from the academic plan include the Clemson International Center for Automotive Research — a 250-acre campus in Greenville, which has generated more than $225 million in public and private commitments in just four years; an advanced materials initiative at the Clemson Research Park, which includes a new LEED Silver-certified facility; and the South Carolina Health Sciences Collaborative — an initiative of the state’s three research universities and major health-care systems.

As the state’s land-grant university, Clemson reaches out to citizens, communities and businesses all over South Carolina. The Public Service Activities division includes the county-based Cooperative Extension Service, five off-campus research and education centers through the Clemson University Experiment Station and critical regulatory responsibilities for plant and animal health.

The University boasts a 1,400-acre campus on the shores of Lake Hartwell within view of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Surrounding the campus are 18,000 acres of University farms and woodlands devoted to research. A warm campus environment, great weather and recreational activities offered by proximity to both the natural surroundings and large cities are part of the Clemson Experience.


Points of interest at Clemson include the following:

The Clemson Conference Center and Inn is a state-of-the-art facility for symposia, meetings, seminars and special events. The complex includes the Madren Continuing Education and Conference Center, the Walker Golf Course and the Martin Inn.

The South Carolina Botanical Garden, a 295-acre public garden, features several thousand varieties of ornamental plants and a unique collection of nature-based sculptures.

The Robert Howell Brooks Center for the Performing Arts brings an exciting array of concert, theater, dance, comedy and other live performances to the community.

The Robert Campbell Geology Museum at the Botanical Garden displays meteorites, minerals, dinosaur fossils and the largest faceted-stone collection in the Southeast.

The T. Ed Garrison Livestock Arena is a showplace for livestock activities in the state and has hosted horse and livestock shows, rodeos, sales, 4-H activities, educational programs, and industrial and agricultural exhibitions.

Fort Hill, the home of John C. Calhoun and later of his son-in-law, University founder Thomas Green Clemson, is a registered National Historic Landmark located in the center of campus.

The Class of 1944 Visitors Center is the front door to Clemson — a friendly place to get tours, information, assistance and an introduction to this beautiful, historic university and community.

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