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Postdoctoral Scholar (General Internal Medicine)

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The Department of Medicine in the School of Medicine, University of California, Irvine, is anticipating openings for Postdoctoral Scholars to work in the General Internal Medicine Division.

Job Summary
The Department of Medicine and the Institute for Clinical and Translational Science at the University of California, Irvine invite applications for a NIH TL-1 NRSA Postdoctoral research fellowship in community health promotion and health behavior change to begin Fall 2017. The position provides salary and benefits commensurate with NIH postdoctoral stipend levels, as well as a stipend for professional travel.

Required Qualifications
Candidates should have an M.D., Ph.D. or M.D./Ph.D. degree(s)
in psychology, behavioral science, behavioral medicine, or related field. Should also have a track record of publications demonstrating original work in developing and/or testing hypotheses within a theoretical model; 3) expertise in advanced statistical methods (e.g., dyadic analysis, hierarchical linear modeling, longitudinal analysis, multivariate analysis, structural equation modeling); and 4) excellent communication and interpersonal skills and ability to work effectively with interdisciplinary teams. Previous experience implementing research studies and collecting original data and previous involvement in intervention or evaluation research are desirable. Applicants must complete all doctoral requirements before the start of the fellowship.

Research Training
The fellow will have the opportunity to expand his or her research training through mentored activities that include: developing and testing hypotheses in existing data sets, developing manuscripts for publication, taking a lead role in the implementation of an ongoing pilot study, supervising undergraduate research assistants, and taking coursework and workshops on advanced statistics, program evaluation, research ethics, interpersonal processes and health, and/or other topics. Opportunities are also available to develop additional projects and participate in original data collection efforts.

The postdoctoral fellow will work under the supervision of Dr. Dara Sorkin, an Associate Professor in the Department of Medicine and Director of Community Engagement in the Institute of Clinical and Translational Science. She is a health services researcher trained in health psychology, lifespan developmental psychology, and health disparities with extensive experience conducting and evaluating health promotion interventions for diverse populations. Her research focuses on multiple aspects of two interrelated and overarching questions: 1) How do people’s interpersonal relationships influence their health behaviors and health outcomes, and 2) In what ways can interpersonal relationships be leveraged in health promotion interventions to reduce disease risks and promote effective management of chronic illness? In line with the NIH Roadmap, Dr. Sorkin’s work is multi-disciplinary, applying the theoretical frameworks and methodologies of psychological science to the practice of clinical medicine. Dr. Sorkin will work closely with the fellow to develop a training plan and to provide mentoring and research experiences that will foster the attainment of specific training goals.

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Applications will be considered until positions are filled.

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Job location

Irvine, CA


Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Cover Letter

  • Statement of Research

  • Statement of Teaching (Optional)

  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity - Statement addressing how past and/or potential contributions to diversity will advance UCI's Commitment to Inclusive Excellence.

  • Misc / Additional (Optional)

Reference requirements
  • 5-7 required (contact information only)