Postdoctoral Researcher -- The Ohio State University
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Tuesday, 24 September 2019

The Institute for Behavioral Medicine Research has an opening for a postdoctoral fellow in the laboratory of Lisa Christian, PhD, the Director of the Stress, Behavioral Immunology, and Health Disparities Lab. The lab provides an outstanding interdisciplinary training environment with excellent publication opportunities; in addition to ongoing data collection, over 7 completed studies offer data for secondary analysis. Postdocs also receive mentoring in grantsmanship and professional development.

Studies in our lab focus on biological pathways linking chronic stress and health, with a focus on health disparities. A primary focus of our lab is racial and socioeconomic disparities in perinatal health – including studies of women, infants, and partners during pregnancy and postpartum/early life. Biological mechanisms of focus include, but are not limited to, inflammation, neuroendocrine function (e.g., cortisol, brain-derived neurotrophic factor), cellular aging (e.g., telomere length), gene expression (transcriptomics), gut microbiome, metabolomics, immune responses to vaccines, and immune control of latent viruses. In conducting these studies, our lab collaborates with internationally-recognized leaders in a variety of other disciplines including virology, immunology, microbiology, social genomics, nutrition, pediatrics, obstetrics and gynecology, anthropology, demography, and public health providing an exceptionally rich and varied training experience that can be tailored to the applicant’s career goals.

More information, including a list of publications from the lab, can be found at https://wexnermedical.osu.edu/stresslab. The goal of this position is to gain knowledge, skill, and independence required to successfully establish a career as a principal investigator. Funding is available for at least two years, with year two dependent upon satisfactory performance in year one. Funding for additional years (beyond two) is dependent on applicant securing funding (via NIH or an internal T32 application). Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled. Start date will be Summer/Fall 2020, with the specific date based on candidate availability.

Requirements: (1) PhD in psychology (or a closely related field); (2) U.S. citizen, or permanent U.S. resident; (3) prior human research experience and publications. Solid quantitative skills and experience with biobehavioral and/or psychoneuroimmunology research are desired but not essential. ABD status is acceptable during the application period, but the PhD must be completed by the start date. NIH pay scale and benefits. Apply electronically by sending a CV that includes contact information for your three references, a letter of interest that describes your background, your areas of interest, and what you would like to accomplish during a 2 year fellowship, and representative publications to Lisa.Christian@osumc.edu

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