Postdoctoral Scholar

Updated: 6 months ago
Location: Chapel Hill, NORTH CAROLINA

Posting Information

Position Information

Position Title Postdoctoral Scholar
Vacancy ID PDS002511
Department Carolina Population Center - 631100
Position Type Postdoctoral Scholar

Posting Details

Salary Range Salary range based on the NIH NRSA FY 2019 stipend schedule. See:
Full-time/Part-time Full Time
If part-time, hours per week
FTE 1.0
Proposed Start Date 04/01/2020
Estimated Duration of Appointment 12 Months
Posting Open Date 09/17/2019
Posting Close Date 12/02/2019
Open Until Filled No
Work Location Chapel Hill, NC
Position Summary

The Carolina Population Center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is inviting applications for a Postdoctoral Scholar position with the NICHD-funded T32 training program, “From Biological to Social Processes: Interdisciplinary Training in Life Course Research”. This program aims to promote and support interdisciplinary training of PhD students and postdoctoral scholars from both the social sciences and biological/health sciences.

The overall goal of the program is to produce scientists who will conduct truly integrative work that will address some of the most pressing health problems nationally and internationally. Trainees will have the opportunity to receive interdisciplinary mentorship and training in a wide array of content areas, ranging from social inequalities to biological processes. Trainees will enter from their respective disciplines and will identify a co-preceptor team comprised of a mentor from their home discipline and another representing their new interdisciplinary interest area from among the current training faculty.

The initial term of appointment is one year, beginning no later than April 1, 2020, but reappointment for a second (and final year) of T32 support is expected. Applications submitted by Monday, December 2, 2019 will be considered first.

Additional supplementary materials are required. Please carefully review the special instructions section of this posting.

Educational Requirements

Postdoctoral scholars must complete their PhD degree by the time their training appointment begins. There are no exceptions to this rule. Applicants should clearly state where they are in the dissertation writing process; the applicant’s advisor should provide supporting evidence that the applicant will complete their PhD in time to be eligible for this program. PhD’s from any academic program are eligible to apply.

Qualifications and Experience

Experience and interest in social and biological/health sciences research.

Equal Opportunity Employer

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or status as a protected veteran.

Special Instructions

Applicants must submit a supplementary application package that includes a cover letter (detailing your research and training background, training goals, and post-training career plans); cv; copies of research publications (2); and complete graduate transcripts.

These materials must be submitted through our online portal by Monday, December 2, 2019. Please contact Michelle Collins ( for access to this portal.

A key consideration in the selection of a postdoctoral scholar to the training program is the congruence of research interests between the applicant and their faculty preceptor(s). Applicants must contact potential faculty preceptor(s) as soon as possible to arrange sponsorships. Identifying and making arrangements with the appropriate faculty preceptor(s) can be time consuming. Prospective applicants should consult the list of Program Faculty and contact potential sponsors to determine their interest and availability. Letters of endorsement from current Program Faculty are required. Letters should come from 1 proposed preceptor from health/biological sciences and 1 from a proposed preceptor from the social sciences.

The letters should describe the specific plans for research collaboration during your postdoctoral fellowship. All letters must be emailed directly to Michelle Collins (

Additionally, three letters of recommendation are required from current faculty members with direct knowledge of your current research and training. These letters must also be emailed directly to Michelle Collins (

All materials including the supplementary application package, letters of recommendation, letters of endorsement, and your application submission through the UNC HR website are due no later than Monday, December 2, 2019 by 5:00 pm EST.

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Posting Contact Information

Department Contact Name and Title Dawn Andres
Department Contact Telephone or Email
Postdoctoral Affairs Contact Information

If you experience any problems accessing the system or have questions about the application process, please contact the University’s Equal Employment Opportunity office at (919) 966-3576 or send an email to

Please note: The Equal Employment Opportunity office will not be able to provide specific updates regarding position or application status.

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