Postdoctoral Researcher

Updated: 7 months ago
Location: Lawrence, KANSAS
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Position Overview

The Center for the Advancement of Research on Eating Behaviors (CARE) Laboratory has an opening for a Post-Doctoral Research Scholar. Fellows will receive mentorship from Dr. Kelsie Forbush. This three-year position will emphasize research on eating disorders and obesity.

This position comes with an excellent benefits package and an annual $3,000 professional development fund for research-related materials and travel. There are also excellent opportunities for professional development seminars and workshops in collaboration with other University of Kansas post-doctoral scholars.

Post-doctoral fellows will help to coordinate a $1.7 million grant from the Department of Defense (DoD) designed to develop a transdiagnostic eating-disorder screening tool for use in military and veteran populations. In addition to the DoD grant, the CARE Laboratory has access to an outstanding array of clinical research opportunities, including, but not limited to: 1) a large longitudinal database of adults with eating disorders recruited from the community and 2) longitudinal dataset of over 30,000 patients with eating disorders who used the Recovery Record, Inc. mobile app.
Clinical opportunities include: providing on-campus and community-based outreach and training for eating disorders diagnosis and assessment; providing treatment using Guided Self-Help Cognitive-Behavior Therapy (CBT-gsh) as a part of an ongoing research study; conducting diagnostic assessments for the DoD grant; and building mentorship skills by co-supervising PhD students. Beyond coordination of the DoD grant, there will be ample opportunities for independent and mentored research. Our Laboratory is recruiting participants for two pilot brain-imaging studies of women with bulimia nervosa and adolescents with anorexia nervosa in collaboration with the University of Kansas’ Hoglund Brain Imaging Center. Finally, our center has close relationships with numerous local and national eating-disorder treatment centers, including Children’s Mercy – Kansas City and Eating Recovery Center, making this an ideal setting for fellows who wish to establish an independent clinical-research career.

The successful candidate must have appropriate authorization to work in the U.S. before employment begins.

Job Description

Job Duties:

40% Research Coordination and Statistical Analysis:

  • Test participants to determine mental-health diagnoses and administer structured clinical interviews.
  • Review other team members’ data collection to ensure accuracy and validity on an ongoing basis.
  • Help coordinate and manage a large four-stage complex survey design.
  • Maintain large, nationally representative database of veterans and participant follow-up information.
  • Perform statistical analyses, as needed, using SPSS, SAS, Mplus, or R.
  • Provide oversight on statistical analyses conducted by other members of the laboratory.
  • Oversee data management using Microsoft Access and Microsoft Excel.

30% Supervision, Management & Support:

  • Aid with the preparation of IRB and federal and private foundation grant applications.
  • Assist the laboratory director with manuscript preparation.
  • Train and evaluate the student members of the laboratory to ensure adherence to the laboratory protocols.
  • Coordinate among psychology, bioinformatics, statistical, and Veteran’s Affairs faculty to schedule meetings, keep meeting notes, and manage the team to facilitate progress toward team goals for the DoD grant, and other supplementary projects.
  • Co-supervise undergraduate and graduate-student research projects.
  • Co-lead or lead assessment group-based and/or research supervision for PhD students.

30% Independent Research:

  • Write and submit manuscripts based on existing and ongoing data collected in the laboratory.
  • Conduct data collection for independent or pilot research study.
  • Write internal and extramural research grants (e.g., F32 or K01 applications).

Required Qualifications

1.    PhD degree in psychology, applied behavioral science, behavioral health, or neuroscience.
2.    At least one publication in the field of eating disorders or obesity, as evidenced by application materials.

To be appointed at the Postdoctoral Researcher title, it is necessary to have the PhD conferred at the time of hire.  Appointments made without a diploma or certified transcript indicating an earned doctorate are conditional hires and are appointed on an interim basis not to exceed 6 months.  Upon verification of degree the appointment will be extended to its full duration.

Preferred Qualifications

1.    Demonstrated ability to work to a deadline.
2.    Certification or prior training in the administration of structured clinical interviews.
3.    Clinical experience that includes therapy and assessment work with patients who have mental illness.
4.    Experience working with military or veterans in clinical or research setting.
5.    Experience in laboratory management or administration.
6.    Advanced statistical understanding with demonstrated ability to apply analytical methods to large datasets.
7.    Proficient computer knowledge to interface with a variety of database and statistical software, such as SPSS, SAS, R, Qualtrics, Linux, Access, MatLab.

Additional Candidate Instruction

Evaluation of the following requirements will be made through (1) descriptions of work experience and educational experiences in letter of application, (2) record of accomplishments and productivity addressed in C.V., and (3) information provided from professional references.

Review of applications will begin June 1, 2019 and will continue until a pool of qualified applicants is obtained.

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Work Location

University of Kansas - Lawrence

Employee Class

U-Unclassified Professional Staff

Conditions of Employment

Contingent on Funding, Limited Term


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