Interdisciplinary Biobehavioral Methodologist - Assistant Professor of Biobehavioral Health (Tenure-Track)

The scholarship and teaching of BBH faculty focuses on how biological, behavioral, psychological, sociocultural, and environmental variables interact to influence health across time scales and levels of analysis.  Departmental research focuses on substantive areas in which biology and behavior are inextricably interconnected, such as addiction, stress, mental health, sleep, obesity, cardiovascular disease, cancer, and other chronic diseases, as well as pertinent areas of scholarship that provide important windows into those aspects of health such as genetics and epigenetics, neuroscience, prevention science, ethics, health disparities, public health, translational science, and methodological approaches for analyzing complex data.  Department faculty are highly research active, transdisciplinary, and collaborative; see http://bbh.hhd.psu.edu/.  This position will build on the growing strength of the department’s methodological and statistical expertise and promote and enhance a vibrant, rigorous, and interdisciplinary research, teaching, and learning environment.  The successful candidate must have a research program that focuses broadly on development and/or application of cutting-edge methodological approaches to health-relevant processes, contexts, and/or outcomes with a demonstrated interest in examining sex and/or gender as a moderator of health and related processes.  We particularly welcome applicants with expertise in one or more of the following:  the integration of biological and psychosocial/behavioral data to advance research on health; multilevel modeling; latent variable modeling; analysis of longitudinal data; innovative methodological work on clinical trial design or intervention research; mixed methods; and/or the analysis of ‘big data’ (complex, high-dimensional data, e.g., genetic/epigenetic, neuroscience, social media, etc.).  In addition, the candidate will have a substantive area of interest germane to health likely to enhance interdisciplinary research.  The responsibilities of the position are to establish or continue a fundable line of methodological research, teach graduate and undergraduate courses, supervise and mentor student researchers, and provide service to the Department, College, and University.  Applicants should have a strong record of scholarly research commensurate with their experience, and show excellent potential to establish external research funding.  A doctorate in biology, public health, or behavioral science, psychology, sociology, statistics, or a related field, and evidence of scholarly accomplishments related to innovative statistical methods and health are required.  Documented success in collaborating with scientists from a range of disciplinary backgrounds is desirable.  Opportunity exists to affiliate with research units in the College, such as The Methodology Center, as well as at the University level, such as the Social Science Research Institute and the Institute for CyberScience.  Applications from members of underrepresented groups including women and ethnic minorities are encouraged.  Application review will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.  Applications received by January 6, 2017 will be given full consideration.  Expected start date is August 2017.  Questions may be directed to the search committee chair, Stephanie Lanza, at bbhmethfacsearch@psu.edu.  To apply, applicants must complete an online application that includes a cover letter describing research and teaching interests and experiences, curriculum vitae, the names of three professional references who will be providing letters, and 2-3 reprints or preprints that convey research interests and expertise.  Apply online at https://psu.jobs/job/67907

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