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Interdisciplinary Biobehavioral Methodologist

Interdisciplinary Biobehavioral Methodologist – Open Rank Faculty Search, Penn State University

The Department of Biobehavioral Health (BBH; in the College of Health and Human Development at The Pennsylvania State University invites applications for an open rank tenured/tenure-track faculty position in innovative interdisciplinary methodologies and statistics.

The BBH department has existing strength in a wide range of interdisciplinary health-related research, with an emphasis on integrative sciences in stress, individual differences, and public and global health issues including sleep, obesity, alcohol, tobacco, and other substance use, child maltreatment, and interventions to promote health. The position is designed to strengthen the department’s methodological and statistical expertise, including graduate training, and to promote and enhance a vibrant interdisciplinary research environment.

The successful candidate should have an ongoing research program that focuses broadly on the development and/or application of cutting edge methodological and/or statistical approaches to health relevant processes, contexts, and/or outcomes. We particularly welcome applicants with expertise in one or more of the following: clinical trial or other intervention research, latent variable modeling, analysis of intensive longitudinal data, and the analysis of ‘big,’ complex, or high dimensional data (e.g., related to genetic/epigenetic data, social media, neuroscience, etc.). In addition, we expect that the candidate will have her/his own substantive areas of interest; preference will be given to those topical areas germane to health and likely to promote and enhance collaborative work.

Applicants should have a strong record of scholarly research commensurate with their experience, and will be expected to either possess or establish a record of external research funding. The position entails teaching at the graduate and undergraduate levels. An earned doctorate in biological, health, or behavioral science, statistics, or a medical degree, and evidence of strong scholarly accomplishments are required. Applicants should have an interdisciplinary orientation and a willingness to engage in collaborative research and outreach activities. The ideal candidate will also have documented success in collaborating with scientists from a range of fields and disciplinary backgrounds. Our department is highly transdisciplinary and we have collaborative ties with other faculty throughout the university, including the Social Science Research Institute, the Clinical and Translational Science Institute, Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences, the College of Medicine and the Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center. Opportunities for collaboration also exist across the College [e.g., several research centers or groups, including: The Methodology Center, Center for Healthy Aging, Edna Bennett Pierce Prevention Research Center, Quantitative Development Systems Methodology group; various departments including Human Development and Family Studies, Kinesiology, Nutritional Sciences] and many other departments and programs across the University.

Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. The expected start date is August 2015. Questions about this position may be directed to the search committee chair, Joshua Smyth, at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . To apply, applicants must complete an on-line application and submit a cover letter describing research and teaching interests and experiences, curriculum vitae, names of three professional references, and supporting materials (e.g., reprints, preprints). Supporting information may be uploaded on-line or sent by email to Ms. Shannon Anthony at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or by postal mail to Ms. Shannon Anthony, The Pennsylvania State University, Department of Biobehavioral Health, 219 Biobehavioral Health Building, University Park, PA 16802. Please indicate “Methodology – BBH search” in the subject line of email correspondence. To apply, please visit: job number 53413. Employment will require successful completion of background check(s) in accordance with University policies.

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