Arizona State University/Obesity Solutions—Post-Doctoral Research Associate
Deadline March 15, 2017 (Job #11895)
The Mayo Clinic/ASU Obesity Solutions initiative, based at Arizona State University, seeks to hire a post-doctoral research associate. The position will help design, lead, and directly manage a citizen-science project, Older and Wiser BITs (Body Image Talks): Citizen Scientists in the Valley of the Sun, to better understand the links between obesity-related stigma and aging. A major focus will be on better understanding ‘body talk’ and aging through collaboration with senior citizen-scientists. The duties include training and mentoring graduate students, undergraduate students, and citizen-scientists as research collaborators in appropriate social science and linguistic methods; additional duties include managing the overall project approval and data collection process in senior living facilities and communities in and across Maricopa County, data analysis, and collaborating on publishing the findings in peer-reviewed journals. The position may also include outreach activities such as social and traditional media and public meetings, as a goal is to engage and empower citizens in self-advocacy techniques with regard to body stigma and other challenges to maintaining healthy body weights.
The post-doctoral research associate will work closely with Mayo Clinic/ASU Obesity Solutions and its affiliate faculty, staff, and student interns. This position demands a high level of collaboration within a large, complex, fast-moving transdisciplinary team, benefitting from a high level of adaptability. Anticipated start date will be June 2017, but may begin earlier by mutual agreement. Only one fiscal year of appointment is anticipated at this time. This is a grant funded position. Anticipated ending date, June 30, 2018 depending on the actual start date.
• Recent PhD in anthropology, sociolinguistics or other relevant social science field
• Proven capacity to independently manage a research project from start to finish
• Experience in the systematic application of social science methods in community-based research
• Current driver’s license
• Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
• Proven record of academic publication and/or external grant receipt
• Proven capacity to work effectively in a highly collaborative, team environment
• Record of executing citizen science or public outreach activities
• Experience with IRB processes
• Experience in media, including social media platforms
• Experience working with aging/senior populations
• Experience training diverse undergraduate students
• Skills in language-related analytic methods
• Experience using MaxQDA
• Fluency or near fluency in Spanish
Initial receipt of complete applications is March 15, 2017; if not filled review of complete, applications will continue every week thereafter until the search is closed. To apply, please send electronically to Deborah.L.Williams@asu.edu a brief cover letter and curriculum vitae. Background check is required for employment.
OBESITY SOLUTIONS brings together the world-renowned doctors of the Mayo Clinic distinguished scientists at Arizona State University, and many other universities, communities, businesses, and government to identify, test, and share innovative ways of addressing obesity. It is moving well beyond traditional modes of doing medicine and science, applying new approaches that are more multi-faceted, trans-disciplinary, innovative, person-centered and agile.
We offer a dynamic, collegial, and challenging work environment due to the pace of innovation, complex array of research and academic programs, and high profile initiatives. For complete information see http://obesitysolutions.asu.edu
Arizona State University is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor and an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will be considered without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other basis protected by law. ASU’s full non-discrimination statement (ACD 401) is located on the ASU website at: https://www.asu.edu/aad/manuals/acd/acd401.html https://www.asu.edu/titleIX/
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