Utah State University

Postdoctoral Fellow II

City Logan Campus
Posted Date 6 months ago(9/24/2022 6:34 PM)
Requisition ID
# of Openings
Job Locations
Category (Portal Searching)
Research (non-Faculty)
Position Type
Benefited Full-Time
Job Classification
Percent of Time or Hours per Week
E Eccles Jones Coll of Ed & Hum Svs
Human Development & Family Studies
Advertised Salary
$45,000.00 at .75 FTE ($60,000 at 100% time), plus excellent University benefits
Telework Eligible


Utah State University (USU) invites nominations and applications for post-doctoral fellows in the Human Development and Family Studies department (HDFS). Multiple positions are available. Post-doctoral fellows will have access to multiple large data sets from diverse relationship education programs. The purpose of the postdoctoral fellowship is to prepare the fellow to assume research, Extension, faculty, and leadership positions in Relationship Education science, practice, and policy.


The fellows will play a key role in the execution of research studies of relationship education programs. See HealthyRelationshipsUtah.org. The relationship education programs include courses for individuals who are single, dating, married, divorced and remarried. Venues include high schools, jails, community agencies, etc. USU also administers and evaluates Utah’s online divorce education program, which is required for divorcing parties with children. See divorce.usu.edu. The fellows will also help evaluate the efforts of the Utah Marriage Commission, which includes podcasts, relationship assessments, and online courses. See StrongerMarriage.org.


The initial review of applications will commence in November 2022 and will continue until all fellowships are filled. Start dates are negotiable. The fellowships are initially funded at .75 FTE.  Additional .25 FTE may be considered depending on productivity and funding. Remaining FTE may also be filled by teaching courses and/or working on other department projects, if desired. Fellowship will last for two years, with the option to extend depending on productivity and funding.



Fellows will join the Relationship Education Initiative administrative team and will work with a collaborative group of faculty, staff, students, and family-life educators around the state. The primary responsibilities will be analyzing data, evaluating programmatic effectiveness, and writing/publishing manuscripts. Fellows will be expected to contribute to existing studies and take an active role in conceptualizing and conducting new studies. Additional responsibilities may include assisting with implementation of programmatic and evaluation protocols, presenting research results at conferences/meetings, and working with students and county Extension faculty.  


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Ph.D in a relevant discipline or Doctoral Candidate with graduation within 6 months of hire.
  • Demonstrated productivity in terms of published journal articles and scientific conference presentations
  • Advanced methodological skills
  • Ability to work without direct supervision and as a team member
  • Excellent written and oral English communication skills
  • Organized, inquisitive, hard-working, and friendly

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Advanced qualitative research skills
  • Advanced quantitative statistical skills
  • Experience preparing grant applications and reports
  • Experience implementing and researching Relationship Education programs
  • Ability to read and speak Spanish

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. Contact information for three professional references to be entered in the Candidate Profile. 
  3. Cover Letter that addresses the required and preferred qualifications to be typed/pasted at the end of your application

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

Advertised Salary

$45,000.00 at .75 FTE ($60,000 at 100% time), plus excellent University 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 is 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 (https://cehs.usu.edu/hdfs/) is one of 8 diverse departments and 3 distinguished centers in the College of Education and Human Sciences (www.cehs.usu.edu). The department has 27 faculty members, over 500 undergraduate majors, and over 75 graduate students.


See Logan Utah: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FYcG2oPWbeE


See USU campus: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gJ52n--Z4jk


Graduate Studies in Human Development and Family Studies: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CnevSpW5Ia8


Postdoctoral Fellow Support:  https://research.usu.edu/postdoc/fellow-support

University Highlights

Utah State University (USU) was founded in 1888 and is Utah’s land-grant and space-grant university. USU is one of only 146 research institutions in the U.S. classified as R1 “very high research activity” by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. As one of the two premier research institutions in Utah, USU provides a high-quality education at an affordable price. With its main campus in Logan, the university serves approximately 27,500 students, including 24,255 undergraduates and 3,171 graduate students. USU Online has served students from all 50 states and 55 countries for 25 years.


USU’s statewide system features three residential campuses, 30 total campus locations, and 23 Extension education centers. The university employs 903 full-time faculty members, 124 executive administrators, and 1,649 full-time support staff. USU offers 115 undergraduate majors, as well as 91 master’s and 42 doctoral degrees. Learn more about USU.


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.


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.


USU endeavors to provide reasonable accommodations to ensure equal access in all aspects of employment to qualified persons with disabilities. To request a reasonable accommodation for a disability, please contact the university’s ADA Coordinator in the Human Resource office at 435-797-0122 or submit a request at hr@usu.edu.


USU Land Acknowledgment

Please visit our website to learn about Utah State’s land acknowledgment of the eight tribes of Utah.


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 Matthew Pinner, discrimination@usu.edu, Distance Education Rm. 401, 435-797-1266

Title IX Coordinator Matthew Pinner, titleix@usu.edu, Distance Education Rm. 404, 435-797-1266

Mailing address: 5100 Old Main Hill, Logan, Ut 84322

For further information regarding non-discrimination, please visit https://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


*updated 11/2022


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