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Postdoctoral Scholar (Pool Ad, Toohey-Wray-Pressman Lab)

Application Window

Open July 28th, 2020 through Wednesday, Jun 30, 2021 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)

Position description

The School of Medicine Department of Emergency Medicine and the School of Social Ecology Department of Psychological Science at the University of California, Irvine has one opening for a full-time post-doctoral research scholar. Postdoctoral Scholars contribute to the academic community by enhancing the research and education programs of the University. They bring expertise and creativity that enrich the research environment for all members of the University community.

DESCRIPTION: The incumbent will work closely and collaboratively with Sarah Pressman, PhD (Psychological Sciences), Shannon Toohey, MD and Alisa Wray, MD (Emergency Medicine), as well as other medical faculty and research graduate/undergraduate students on two projects:

  1. A DoD-funded project on how augmented reality technology can be utilized to produce better learning outcomes via more realistic emotional, stress, and physiological responses. This study uses ambulatory psychophysiological monitoring (e.g., skin conductance and salivary biomarkers of stress), self-reported emotional responses, and learning outcome data.

  2. The second project focuses on how psychosocial factors interact with stress and immune change during the current pandemic. The incumbent will help with launching and coordinating a longitudinal project that will monitor psychological and physiological changes related to ever changing COVID-19 circumstances. There are other archival data available, as well as the opportunity to collect data on topics connected to either emotion, health and stress (the Pressman lab) or medical education (with Drs. Toohey, Wray).

DUTIES: Primary responsibilities of the scholar will include IRB preparation, oversight of some aspects of the projects, data collection, data analysis, and co-authoring manuscripts with the investigators on this project.

REQUIRED: Doctoral degree (e.g., PhD, MD, or foreign equivalent) in Psychology, Health Psychology or closely related field. Demonstrated statistical expertise in longitudinal analyses, experience collecting and analyzing complex biological variables (e.g., skin conductance, endocrine function, immune activity), past record of high quality academic writing of peer-reviewed journal articles.

DESIRED: Special interest in stress, emotion, and physiological function and the intersection between health and psychology. Strong quantitative skills for analyzing longitudinal and multilevel data, oral and especially written communication skills, and experience with psychophysiology, psychoneuroendocrinology, ecological momentary assessment, and/or ambulatory physiological assessments. Experience running online research studies, Qualtrics, project management.

Applications will be accepted until position is filled. Position is dependent upon the availability of extramural funding and need. Initial appointments are for one year and renewal is based on availability of support. Salary is determined by qualifications and experience. All Postdoctoral Scholars are eligible for designated health-care and other benefit plans.

Applicants must complete an online application profile and upload the following application materials electronically to be considered for the position:

Curriculum Vitae
Statement of Interest
Research Statement
Three References - Contact Information

UC Irvine is one of ten campuses of the highly regarded University of California system. With approximately 29,000 students, 1,100 faculty members, a highly ranked medical school, our campus offers a wealth of opportunities for research collaboration and is ranked among the top 10 public universities in the US.

The University of California, Irvine is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer advancing inclusive excellence. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, or other protected categories covered by the UC nondiscrimination policy.

Application Requirements

Document requirements
Reference requirements
  • 3-5 required (contact information only)

Job location

Irvine, CA