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Postdoctoral Fellow for NIH-Funded SKyRoCKeT Study

The University of North Carolina at Charlotte
CHHS & Belk Gym

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Working Title:

Postdoctoral Fellow for NIH-Funded SKyRoCKeT Study




College of Health & Human Svc (Col)

Work Unit:

Public Health Sciences

Work Location:

CHHS & Belk Gym

Vacancy Open To:

All Candidates

Position Designation:

Post Doc

Employment Type:

Temporary - Part-time

Hours per week:


Work Schedule:

Because the study is focused on walking behavior in 6-17 year-olds who are in school during weekdays, then the postdoc may also be expected to work later afternoons/early evenings and/or weekends, adjusting their off time during the week accordingly when/if involved in data collection and/or recruitment.

Pay Rate:

$56,795 annually

Minimum Experience/Education:

Required Qualifications
• Completed doctoral degree in Public Health, Biostatistics, Epidemiology, Exercise Science, Kinesiology, or closely related areas
• Some analytic programming/coding skills for data management and statistical analyses
• Interest in learning about quantitative methods applied to inform public health physical activity guidelines
• Collegiality within an interdisciplinary team and can work well both collaboratively and independently
• Strong intellectual curiosity
• Attention to detail
• Work flexibility with some availability in later afternoons/evenings and weekends for data collection, adjusting your time off accordingly

Departmental Preferred Experience, Skills, Training/Education::

Preferred Qualifications
• Prior primary data collection experience, particularly in the area of physical activity
• Strong computational and analytical skills
• Experience programming/coding and/or performing statistical analyses in R
• Knowledge of nonparametric statistical analyses
• Great communication skills
• Ability to successfully multitask and work in fast-paced environments

Duties and Responsibilities:

Position Overview

The postdoctoral (postdoc) researcher (postdoc; 1 year with possibility of 1-year renewal): An additional postdoc is needed for the NIH-funded R01 SkyRoCKeT study to support and perform data collection, processing, management, checking, and analysis. The postdoc will also contribute to grants management as needed throughout the project lifecycle in areas such as participant recruitment; participant orientations; drafting such documents as IRB amendments, reports, manuscripts, and/or presentations; and additional responsibilities as needed.

The postdoc will contribute 40 hours per week to the responsibilities as directed by their supervisor, Dr. Laura Gunn. SkyRoCKeT involves interdisciplinary team-based public health science research. Responsibilities and scheduling may vary from week to week depending on data collection needs and involvement throughout this position. Therefore, it is the responsibility of the postdoc to communicate and confirm their schedule and expectations regularly among the team. Because the study is focused on walking behavior in 6-17 year-olds who are in school during weekdays, then the postdoc may also be expected to work later afternoons/early evenings and/or weekends, adjusting their off time during the week accordingly when/if involved in data collection and/or recruitment.

Specific Responsibilities:
● Complete trainings required for the study team, including (but not limited to):
○ CITI Research Trainings (Good Clinical Practice, Social & Behavioral Research/IRB, Biomedical Research/IRB, Health Information Privacy & Security); Minors on Campus Training; First Aid, CPR, & AED Training
● Perform data collection: This may involve the following: assisting with setting up equipment, ensuring it is calibrated and functioning correctly, preparing the testing environment according to procedural standards, performing anthropometric measurements, administering tests to determine metabolic rates, recording test results, using GoPro camera to record testing protocol, and manually tallying steps
● Maintain accurate records and documentation related to the research study, including downloading wearable device data and forms post-testing, etc.
● Perform data processing, management, checking, cleaning, and analysis in Excel and R
● Participate in grants management activities which may include items such as (though not limited to):
○ Active recruitment of participants, conducting participant study orientations, obtaining participant consent
○ Drafting documents such as IRB amendments, reports, manuscripts, and/or presentations
○ Liaise with representatives/staff in offices across campus such as the IRB, post-award, HR, etc.
● Assist in training junior staff to ensure consistency in results during testing and to achieve high-quality data acquisition
● Attend full study team meetings twice/week and any additional sub-team meetings specifically regarding issues related to data collection, etc.
● Attend weekly data management meetings among study postdocs and Dr. Gunn to discuss and address data management and statistical analysis
● Contribute to collaborative team discussions regarding issues that may arise throughout the study, experiences with participants, study progress, etc.
● Participate in additional projects related to research dissemination, including (but not limited to) literature reviews, validating video recordings, or conference abstract submissions
● Other duties as needed/assigned

Proposed Hire Date:


Expected Length of Assignment:

1 year with possibility of 1-year renewal

Posting Open Date:


Special Notes to Applicants:

UNC Charlotte Postdoc Benefits Information:
The candidate chosen for this position will be required to provide an official transcript of their highest earned degree.The candidate chosen for this position will be subject to a criminal background check.


About Us

UNC Charlotte is North Carolina's urban research university. It leverages its location in the state's largest city to offer internationally competitive programs of research and creative activity, exemplary undergraduate, graduate and professional programs, and a focused set of community engagement initiatives. UNC Charlotte maintains a particular commitment to addressing the cultural, economic, educational, environmental, health, and social needs of the greater Charlotte region. 

Located in the state’s largest metropolitan area, UNC Charlotte is among the fastest growing universities in the UNC System.  A large public university with a small college feel, UNC Charlotte’s 1,000-acre campus is the home away from home for more than 29,000 students.  The University offers internationally competitive research and creative activity opportunities and exemplary undergraduate, graduate and professional programs coupled with a focused set of community engagement initiatives that enrich the region’s quality of life.

In fulfilling our mission, we envision a University that promises:

  • An accessible and affordable quality education that equips students with intellectual and professional skills, ethical principles, and an international perspective.
  • A strong foundation in liberal arts and opportunities for experiential education to enhance students’ personal and professional growth.
  • A robust intellectual environment that values social and cultural diversity, free expression, collegiality, integrity, and mutual respect.
  • A safe, diverse, team-oriented, ethically responsible, and respectful workplace environment that develops the professional capacities of our faculty and staff.

To achieve a leadership position in higher education, we will:

  • Rigorously assess our progress toward our institutional, academic, and administrative plans using benchmarks appropriate to the goals articulated by our programs and in our plans.
  • Serve as faithful stewards of the public and private resources entrusted to us and provide effective and efficient administrative services that exceed the expectations of our diverse constituencies.
  • Create meaningful collaborations among university, business, and community leaders to address issues and opportunities of the region.
  • Develop an infrastructure that makes learning accessible to those on campus and in our community and supports the scholarly activities of the faculty.
  • Pursue opportunities to enhance personal wellness through artistic, athletic, or recreational activities.
  • Operate an attractive, environmentally responsible and sustainable campus integrated with the retail and residential neighborhoods that surround us.

Dual Career

The University of North Carolina at Charlotte is committed to the recruitment and retention of highly qualified and productive faculty, administrators, and other professional staff members. We recognize that career decisions are influenced by family considerations.  For up to one year from the date of an employee’s relocation to Charlotte, the University will assist the employee’s  spouse or domestic partner with efforts to find employment within the University and/or within the surrounding area.

Diversity at UNC Charlotte

UNC Charlotte is committed to cultivating diversity and inclusion throughout the campus. Our campus community is comprised of people who represent the wide breadth of gender identities, sexualities, races and ethnicities, faith traditions, nationalities, and other social groups and backgrounds.  All of these identities and experiences enrich the University as a whole.  UNC Charlotte strives to celebrate and leverage the benefits of this diversity, and to sustain an inclusive and welcoming environment for all students, faculty, and staff.

To learn more about plans, programs, resources and news and events relating to diversity and inclusion at UNC Charlotte please use the following link:

To access the full text of the UNC Charlotte Plan for Campus Diversity, Access and Inclusion please use the following link:

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Overview of the UNC Charlotte Plan for Campus Diversity, Access and Inclusion.

The goal of quality education for all at UNC Charlotte is the foundation for our Diversity Plan.  At its fullest potential, higher education allows students to interact with people from different backgrounds and to engage a range of ideas and perspectives.  This educational experience cultivates the skills that graduates will need to function adeptly in a global society.  

As North Carolina and the Charlotte region undergo rapid population growth and demographic change, UNC Charlotte must respond to the needs of a more diverse student population. It is imperative that the University prepare its students to become leaders and thriving citizens in a pluralistic and multicultural society. In adopting our Diversity Plan, we affirm that:


    • We believe that a diverse faculty, staff and student body are critical in advancing teaching, scholarship, and community engagement at UNC Charlotte.
    • We are committed to enhancing opportunities for living, working and learning in a diverse environment
    • We are committed to educating our students to interact effectively and respectfully in the global community. 

      The Plan identifies components of a diverse campus community and outlines steps toward building an inclusive environment that promotes the success of all students, faculty, and staff. It is a living document that affirms our institutional values and is designed to offer guidance to University departments and units for achieving the University goals for diversity.  The seven broad objectives of the Diversity Plan are:

      1: Promote a broad understanding of goals for diversity, access, and inclusion for the University through active outreach to the campus community.

      2: Recruit and graduate a diverse student body that reflects community diversity and addresses the state’s need to increase access to higher education for historically underrepresented and economically disadvantaged students.

      3: Increase the recruitment of underrepresented faculty and advance their progression through the faculty ranks.

                  4: Increase the representation of staff from underrepresented groups.

      5: Ensure the presence of institutional environments and course development that enhance learning and appreciation for the full range of diversity.

      6: Develop external relationships with the community to enhance diversity on and off campus.

                  7: Ensure the Success of the Plan through Assessment, Accountability, and Recognition.


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