The School of Communication and Information at Rutgers University invites applications for a Postdoctoral Research Associate. This position is part of a project to develop and test a communication capacity-building intervention aimed at facilitating state policymakers' use of research evidence. The research team is specifically focused on barriers and facilitators to the implementation of universal screening for adolescent depression in schools. This research project involves a collaboration with a community partner and the application of qualitative and quantitative research to develop, implement, and evaluate the efficacy of the intervention. The work is funded by a grant from the William T. Grant Foundation.
The Postdoctoral Research Associate will be mentored by the project's principal investigators, Professors Itzhak Yanovitzky (Rutgers) and Matthew Weber (Minnesota) and other members of the interdisciplinary research team. The mentored research experience will include intensive training in mixed-methods research to track and assess complex capacity-building interventions longitudinally, as well as an opportunity to engage meaningfully in research collaborations with practitioners and community partners. In addition, the Postdoctoral Research Associate will receive mentoring and support in both grant and manuscript development and writing as well as opportunities to benefit from the vibrant and dynamic intellectual environment nurtured by a community of leading scholars in the School of Communication and Information and elsewhere in the university. This position will prepare the post-doc for a successful career in communication, health policymaking, implementation science, or other related areas.
This is an initial one-year position, beginning July 1, 2020, and renewable for a second year based on successful performance and availability of funding. Major responsibilities of this position include: (1) daily project management, including coordination and scheduling of research activities and meetings; (2) training and supervision of undergraduate and graduate research assistants; (3) leading or otherwise assisting with data collection and analysis tasks; and (4) preparing manuscripts for publication and presenting research findings in academic meetings. This position is located at the New Brunswick Campus of Rutgers University in New Jersey but may require minimal in-state travel to collect data or attend project-related meetings.
This position offers competitive compensation ($55,000) and a generous benefits package including retirement contributions, health, dental, and other insurance options, computer equipment, and funds for conference travel.
Applicants must complete their PhD degree in communication, public health, political science, or a related field prior to beginning the position. Prior experience with strategic communication research and/or informatics is desired, but not required. The post-doc will be selected on the basis of scholastic record, recommendations, and commitment to a career in research. Individuals must be highly motivated, possess initiative, and have a desire to learn and expand their interests and expertise. Underrepresented minority candidates are particularly encouraged to apply.
Posting Number: 20FA0014
Location: College Ave (RU-New Brunswick)
Internal Number: 108894
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