Postdoctoral Fellow, Health Behaviors Lab

Colorado State University
Fort Collins, Colorado, United States
29 Apr 2018
End of advertisement period
27 May 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

Description of Work Unit

The Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition has 20 faculty members and 23 research associates and administrative staff, ~600 undergraduate majors in nutrition, dietetics, food science and hospitality management, 70 M.S. graduate students, and 14 Ph.D. students. Department research is supported by federal grants from NIH and the USDA, as well as foundations and industry, and two endowments that support a faculty chair and the Lillian Fountain-Smith Nutrition Conference hosted by the department each year. Research has focused on childhood obesity, community nutrition among limited resource audiences, molecular and metabolic nutrition targeted at chronic disease prevention, bioactive food components, and food safety. The department’s Extension faculty is responsible for numerous creative, high impact educational and engagement programs throughout the state, including EFNEP and FSNE. A new MPH program focus area in Public Health Nutrition within the School of Public Health provides new collaborative opportunities. The department offers an accredited B.S. dietetics program and an M.S. coordinated dietetic internship program. With the overall growth in the department, there has also been growing faculty and student diversity. The department especially encourages those to apply who are eager to engage in an environment committed to diversity.

Position Summary

The Health Behaviors Laboratory (; Dr. Laura Bellows, Director) is looking for an enthusiastic and motivated post-doctoral fellow to contribute to a funded USDA Childhood Obesity project. Healthy EnviROnments study (HEROs) aims to develop and test a technology-based, interactive family intervention to promote healthy eating and activity behaviors for young children in the home environment. This individual will join a multi-institutional interdisciplinary research team to support primary project activities and pilot studies. S/he will engage in day-to-day decisions related to intervention content development and identification of assessment tools; creation and execution of data collection protocols for testing of intervention components; and recruitment of study participants. This individual would rely on the project’s Principle Investigator for guidance and consultation to these decisions.

This is a 24-month position. Travel to community settings is required.

Required Job Qualifications

Ph.D. in Nutrition, Public Health, Exercise Science, Human Development Family Studies, Psychology or a related field.

Preferred Job Qualifications

  • Experience and knowledge in community-based interventions, eating and/or physical activity behaviors and assessment
  • Skills in applied qualitative and quantitative data collection and analysis
  • Evidence of strong written and oral communication skills
  • Experience mentoring and managing student projects
  • Ability to work effectively both independently and as part of a high functioning team
  • Desire and ability to advance the department’s commitment to collegiality, diversity and inclusion

Diversity Statement

Ability to advance the department’s commitment to diversity and inclusion through research, teaching and outreach with relevant programs, goals and activities.

Essential Duties

Job Duty Category Research Duty/Responsibility

  • Contribute to the conceptualization and development of theory-based intervention components, including but not limited to face-to-face workshops, website content (i.e. copy, videos, photos, blogs, podcasts, etc), and training materials;
  • Identify appropriate nutrition and physical activity behavioral and environmental assessments;
  • Compose and implement data collection protocols;
  • Recruit and interact with study participants;
  • Analyze and synthesize qualitative and quantitative data sets; and
  • Communicate with participants and community stakeholders regarding study processes and results
  • Collectively, these responsibilities will contribute to the development, dissemination and evaluation of an obesity prevention program for Colorado families with young children.

Percentage Of Time 70

Job Duty Category Writing Duty/Responsibility

Writing manuscripts on research results and assisting with project reports and grants.

Percentage Of Time 20

Job Duty Category Mentoring/Supervision/Administration Duty/Responsibility

Mentoring of undergraduate and graduate students.

Percentage Of Time 10

Special Instructions to Applicants

For full consideration, please apply by 5/11/2018 with a cover letter addressing the required and preferred job qualifications, resume or CV, and unofficial transcripts. Please provide within your application 3 professional references. References will not be contacted without prior notification of candidates.

Search Contact Laura Bellows

EEO Statement

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Employment and Appeal Rights

If you receive notice that you have been eliminated from consideration for the position, you may protest the action by filing an appeal with the State Personnel Board/State Personnel Director within 10 days from the date you receive notice of the elimination. Also, if you wish to challenge the selection and comparative analysis process, you may file an appeal with the State Personnel Board/State Personnel Director within 10 days from the receipt of notice or knowledge of the action you are challenging.

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