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Postdoctoral Scholar

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Open November 3, 2022 through Sunday, Apr 30, 2023 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)

Position description

Dr. A. Janet Tomiyama, Director of the DIeting, Stress, and Health (DiSH) Lab in the Department of Psychology at UCLA is seeking candidates for a postdoctoral scholar position funded by an NIH grant on weight stigma and health behaviors in everyday life. The broad objectives of the lab include using the biopsychosocial model to understand eating behavior, with a special emphasis on psychobiological stress processes and weight stigma.

We will begin reviewing applications on December 1, 2022 and intend to fill the position as soon as a suitable candidate is found. The start date is flexible, but must be between June and August 2023.

A successful candidate will perform the following essential functions:
● Collaborate with Principal Investigator (PI) and graduate students to achieve the Specific Aims of the grant
● Meet regularly with the research team
● Assist the PI in optimizing the research protocol
● Oversee human subjects’ approval and ensure that the highest ethical standards are followed
● Provide training and mentorship to graduate students and undergraduate research assistants
● Identify, recruit, and retain eligible participants
● Data management
● Data analyses and interpretation
● Prepare drafts of manuscripts
● Assist PI with management and reporting of the study budget and annual reports

A successful candidate will have the following qualifications:
● Required: PhD, preferably in Psychology
● Required: Excellent oral and written communication skills
● Required: Proficiency in statistical analysis for EMA designs
● Preferred: Experience with Ecological Momentary Assessment (EMA)
● Preferred: Experience with laboratory-based manipulations of stigma
● Preferred: Experience with measurement of health behaviors

This is a full-time position with competitive salary and benefits.

We especially encourage those from backgrounds poorly represented in STEM fields to apply to our lab. We highly value diversity, including body size diversity. UC Nondiscrimination & Affirmative Action Policy.


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

● Required: PhD, preferably in Psychology

Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Cover Letter Describing Research Interests

  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Published Paper

  • Published Paper (Optional)

  • Published Paper (Optional)

Reference requirements
  • 2-4 letters of reference required

Please upload Letters of Recommendation in PDF format.

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Job location

Los Angeles, CA