University of Georgia, The Health and Development Lab: Postdoctoral Associate(s)

April 20, 2021

The Health and Development Lab (PI: Katie Ehrlich) at the University of Georgia invites applications for up to three postdoctoral associate openings in the lab. The position has a flexible start date and could begin immediately (ideal start between now and late summer 2021). This position is for 1-2 years but could be extended (dependent on additional funding for the lab). We will consider candidates who would like to begin work remotely, although relocation to the Athens, GA area will be necessary by Fall 2021.
The lab has several ongoing research studies focused on social determinants of health, and we are looking for assistance with project management and dissemination of findings. Three current projects include:
1. Annual studies focused on how stressful life experiences influence response to influenza vaccination (participants ages 10-85). This project includes cohorts of 300+ participants, many of whom participate annually (thus allowing for examination of year-to-year fluctuations in stressors and antibody response to vaccination).

2. An ongoing 20+ year longitudinal study of African American families in rural Georgia (in collaboration with Dr. Gene Brody). We have recently received funding to begin recruiting the children of the original study participants, and research activities will focus on the intergenerational transmission of risk and resilience in this well-characterized three-generation sample. Additional projects will center on investigations of neuro-immune connections that may forecast later risk for chronic disease and substance use.
3. A new study of risk and resilience among African American and Latinx families. This project is designed to investigate the developmental origins of “skin deep resilience” and includes repeated assessments of children’s social and emotional function, executive function, and proinflammatory processes.
Postdocs will play an important role in data analysis, manuscript preparation, and project/personnel management. Postdoctoral associates will also be encouraged to develop NRSA proposals for continued funding. Ideal candidates should have a background in advanced statistics, strong writing skills, and the ability to juggle multiple ongoing projects. Experience working with children/adolescents in a research setting is a plus.
Link to apply: www.ugajobsearch.com/postings/189823
If you are interested in the position, please submit a CV via the job posting above. Candidates are also welcome (though not required) to email me (kehrlich@uga.edu<mailto:kehrlich@uga.edu>) with a brief statement of research interests and the contact information for 2 references.

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