Postdoctoral Scholar

Updated: 2 days ago
Location: University Park, ILLINOIS
Deadline: 18 Aug 2017


The Edna Bennett Pierce Prevention Research Center at The Pennsylvania State University is seeking a postdoctoral scholar in the Administrative Data Accelerator Lab to manage multiple complex data sets and corresponding documentation, perform statistical analyses in support of investigators` research, and initiate and maintain all required risk management contracts, data use agreements and IRB approval. Research duties will involve maintaining a highly organized set of electronic files for available data sets, ensuring security and confidentiality of all data, maintaining all codebooks and other documentation summarizing available data, and serving as the point of contact for all approved investigators who wish to access the data. Eligible applicants will have completed all requirements for the Ph.D. at the time of appointment. Applicants may have their degrees from any department, with proven analytic skills in the social, behavioral, or health sciences. Strong professional references are essential. Excellent organizational and communication skills, as well as the ability to prioritize tasks, are critical for this position. The successful candidate will have a demonstrated ability to maintain high standards of accuracy, timeliness, and professionalism. Candidates with experience managing administrative health, child welfare and criminal justice data as well as linking across systems (e.g., fuzzy/predictive matching) will be particularly competitive. The Edna Bennett Pierce Prevention Research Center (PRC) was established in 1998 with a focus on longitudinal, developmental research on risk. Research conducted in the Center examines how communities can work together with families, schools, community groups (social service, youth groups, the faith community), and industry to promote healthy lifestyles for children, youth, and families, and develops clinical trials of innovative models to promote competence and prevent maladaptive outcomes for children, families, and communities. Center faculty members conduct a diverse range of projects, including basic longitudinal studies of risk and protective factors, randomized clinical trials, quasi-experimental studies, and program evaluations. Currently, 52 faculty members, 10 full-time Ph.D.-level research associates, and 18 pre- and post-doctoral fellows/scholars are associated with the Center. The postdoctoral researcher will have extensive opportunities to publish, opportunities for on-going training, access to exceptional resources to facilitate research growth (including software, hardware, programming support), will be part of a dynamic group of scientists, and will contribute to stimulating and collaborative research efforts. The position is for one year, with possibility of ongoing funding. The salary and benefits associated with this position are competitive. Submit an application, including a letter of application indicating relevant experience and career goals; and a resume including contact information for three professional references. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. For more information, visit the Prevention Research Center website at contact Dr. Crowley (phone: 814-867-6471, e-mail:

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