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Postdoctoral Fellow


Postdoctoral Fellow

  • req2671
  • Richmond, Virginia, United States, 23284
  • Virginia Commonwealth University
Position Responsibilities:

Virginia Commonwealth University School of Social Work is pleased to announce a postdoctoral fellowship in the areas of research on social determinants of health and prevention sciences. This postdoctoral fellowship opportunity provides innovative research training in prevention of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and promotion of family self-sufficiency. The postdoctoral fellow will work primarily on the CDC-funded grant, “Strategic Prevention of Adverse Childhood Experiences (SPACE) project.” The project collaborates with pediatric health partners throughout the state of Virginia to implement and evaluate the impact of an evidence-based intervention to prevent ACEs and improve maternal and child health. This fellowship program emphasizes the training and development of independent research investigators who will assume leadership roles in academic and research institutions focusing on translation and dissemination of new scientific evidence to improve child and family wellness.

There will be considerable opportunities for the postdoctoral scholar to participate in the development and implementation of several research projects, project coordination, recruitment, data collection and analysis, manuscript preparation, and grant writing. The postdoctoral fellowship is for a 12-month period, with the option to renew for additional years, contingent on performance and funding. The fellow will report to Dr. Sunny Shin, Director of the Innovation in Child and Family Wellness (Innovative Wellness) Research Group at Virginia Commonwealth University School of Social Work.

Required Qualifications:

Applicants must hold a doctoral degree in social work, psychology, nursing, public health, or a related discipline focused on behavioral intervention research

Excellent writing skills required, as evidenced by publications or grant-writing experience

Applicants must have a demonstrated record of conducting empirical research and working in a diverse faculty, staff and student environment

Excellent oral communication and community engagement skills

Proficient quantitative data analysis skills including ability to use statistical packages and proficiency in navigating and maintaining databases are required

**Restricted position-due to availability of funds

** Commensurate w/ experience

Preferred Qualifications:

The preferred candidate will have previous experience in prevention research areas, including child abuse prevention, trauma-informed care, health promotion, health equity, and evaluation research

Background or experiences in medical record analysis


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