Utah State University

Postdoctoral Fellow I

City Logan Campus
Posted Date 3 months ago(6/30/2020 5:49 PM)
Requisition ID
# of Openings
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Category (Portal Searching)
Research (non-Faculty)
Position Type
Temporary Full-Time
Job Classification
E Eccles Jones Coll of Ed & Hum Svs
Human Development & Family Studies
Advertised Salary
Commensurate based on experience plus excellent benefits


The Department of Human Development and Family Studies (HDFS) at Utah State University invites applications for a 22-month postdoctoral fellow to participate in research focused on the intersection of family relationship processes, adolescent development, and youth’s health risk behaviors. The postdoctoral fellow will specifically engage with the investigative team on a NIAAA/NIH funded (R01AA025331) grant focused on sibling socialization of alcohol and drug use from early through late adolescence.


Candidates are expected to be interested in pursuing an academic or research-oriented career following their time as a fellow and can expect strong commitment from their mentor to develop additional research skills and enhance marketability. The fellow will be provided with ample time to write, gain additional statistical and methodological training, and present research at scientific conferences.


Continuation of this position is contingent upon funding.


Review of application will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. For more information about the position, please contact Dr. Shawn Whiteman (shawn.whiteman@usu.edu), Professor of Human Development and Family Studies and Associate Dean for Research in the Emma Eccles Jones College of Education and Human Services.



  • Lead data analysis and manuscript writing focused on the primary aims of the grant
  • Engage in additional dissemination efforts including conceptualizing and writing high quality manuscripts and conference presentations
  • Work as a part of a research team to coordinate data collection
  • Employ best practices in the management of longitudinal and intensive time-series data
  • Provide mentorship to graduate research assistants
  • Communicate effectively with project PI and Co-PIs


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Earned Ph.D. in Human Development/Family Science, Psychology, Sociology, Public Health or related field by the time of the appointment
  • Demonstrated productivity in terms of published peer reviewed journal articles and scientific conference presentations
  • Advanced statistical skills, including expertise in longitudinal methods
  • Ability to work in a team environment and to work without direct supervision
  • Excellent written and oral English communication skills
  • Ability to prioritize and manage multiple tasks

Preferred Qualifications: 

  • Interest in developing an independent research program focusing on adolescent substance use
  • Commitment to a research career in an academic or applied research setting
  • Experience preparing grant applications and reports

Required Documents

Along with the online application, please attach:

  1. Resume/CV to be uploaded at the beginning of your application in the Candidate Profile under “Resume/CV”
  2. Writing samples to be uploaded at the beginning of your application in the Candidate Profile under “Documents 1-10”
  3. Transcripts to be uploaded at the beginning of your application in the Candidate Profile under “Documents 1-10”
  4. Contact information for three professional references to be entered in the Candidate Profile. Letters of recommendation will be gathered anonymously for all applicants. 
  5. Cover Letter to be typed/pasted at the end of your application

**Document size may not exceed 10 MB.**

Advertised Salary

Commensurate based on experience plus excellent benefits


Employees work indoors and are protected from weather and/or contaminants, but not, necessarily, occasional temperature changes.  The employee is regularly required to sit and often uses repetitive hand motions.

College/Department Highlights

Utah State University us a Carnegie doctoral high research institution, and Utah’s land-grant and space-grant university. Founded in 1888, USU is the oldest and largest public residential campus in Utah. The Department of Human Development and Family Studies includes 28 faculty members and over 50 graduate students. HDFS is one of eight diverse departments and three distinguished centers in the nationally recognized Emma Eccles Jones College of Education and Human Services. Situated in scenic Cache Valley, Utah State University is ranked among the most beautiful campuses in the nation (more information about campus and community life is available here).

University Highlights

Utah State University (USU) was founded in 1888 and is honored to be Utah’s land-grant and space-grant university. USU is a Carnegie RU/H (Research University/High Research Activity) institution with approximately 27,800 students (24,660 undergraduates and 3,140 graduate students) on the Logan main campus. Utah State’s statewide system features eight campuses and 23 education centers and serves all counties in the state with Extension programs. USU offers 165 undergraduate majors, 138 graduate programs, and a variety of innovative stackable associate and certificate credentials. Washington Monthly ranked USU 14th in their national university rankings in 2019 and the 5th best public national university in the nation in 2018. As one of the two premier research institutions in Utah, USU is proud to provide a high-quality education at an affordable price. Additional information about Utah State University can be found here.


A core characteristic of USU is engagement with communities and people in economic development, improvements to quality of life, and human capital. Through the practical application of knowledge, the University and its faculty engage and share expertise with the state, nation, and world, preserving the historical land-grant tradition of partnering with communities to address critical societal issues in the interest of the public good.


The USU main campus is located in beautiful Logan, Utah; a city of about 50,000 situated in a picturesque mountain valley about 80 miles north of Salt Lake City. Outstanding recreational opportunities abound in the nearby mountains and proximate region.


Notice of Non-discrimination

In its programs and activities, including in admissions and employment, Utah State University does not discriminate or tolerate discrimination, including harassment, based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, status as a protected veteran, or any other status protected by University policy, Title IX, or any other federal, state, or local law.

The following individuals have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the application of Title IX and its implementing regulations and/or USU’s non-discrimination policies:


Executive Director of the Office of Equity Alison Adams-Perlac, alison.adams-perlac@usu.edu, Old Main Rm. 161, 435-797-1266

Title IX Coordinator Hilary Renshaw, titleix@usu.edu, Old Main Rm. 161, 435-797-1266.

For further information regarding non-discrimination, please visithttps://equity.usu.edu/, or contact:

U.S. Department of Education, Office of Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 800-421-3481, OCR@ed.gov

U.S. Department of Education, Denver Regional Office, 303-844-5695, OCR.Denver@ed.gov


USU is sensitive to the needs of dual career couples and provides a Dual Career Assistance program to support careers for partners who are also seeking employment.


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