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Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Psychology
University of Denver in Denver, Colorado
Date Posted 01/21/2021
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Employment Type
Application Deadline Open until filled

Apply now Job no:493395
Work type:Postdoc / Research / Fellow
Location:Denver, CO
Categories:Postdoc / Fellow

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 to , , 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.

This position will provide multiple opportunities for interdisciplinary collaboration and publication. The postdoctoral fellow will have opportunities to analyze data, write papers and grants, obtain mentoring from faculty, and mentor graduate and undergraduate students to advance their research program.

Essential Functions

  • Data analysis.
  • Writing scientific papers and grant proposals.
  • Study coordination/project management.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Strong interpersonal skills.
  • Prior clinical, developmental, and/or health-related research experience.
  • Excellent organizational skills to enable management of a large multi-component research project with follow-ups in early childhood. 
  • Database management and statistical analysis experience.

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/woman’s health, mental health in underserved and predominantly minority populations, as well as developmental psychology and risk mechanisms.

Work Schedule
To be coordinated with the supervisor.

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 candidate’s 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 .

Please include the following documents with your application:

  • Resume/CV
  • Letter of intent detailing a description of relevant experience showing excellent organizational and management skills.
  • Statement of current and future research plans.
  • Evidence of excellent organizational and management skills.
  • The University of Denver is committed to enhancing the diversity of its faculty and staff. We are an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment regardless of age, race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, military/ veteran status or any other status protected by law.

    All offers of employment are based upon satisfactory completion of a criminal history background check.

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