Postdoctoral Researcher

University Park Campus
Date Announced:
Date Closing:
open until filled
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College of Health and Human Development
The Methodology Center


The Prevention and Methodology Training (PAMT) program at The Pennsylvania State University seeks qualified postdoctoral researchers. PAMT is an interdisciplinary program involving both the Bennett Pierce Prevention Research Center ( and the Methodology Center ( in the College of Health and Human Development. Funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse through a T32 award, PAMT cross-trains postdoctoral researchers as prevention scientists and methodologists. Prevention scientists are trained in the latest and most innovative research methods, and methodologists gain an understanding of the realities and challenges facing prevention efforts in real-world settings. This program presents a unique opportunity for postdoctoral researchers to receive training from some of the top prevention scientists and methodologists in the country. Each postdoc will have two mentors, one in prevention and one in methodology; well-established senior scientists are available for mentoring. Postdocs will be immediately involved in ongoing projects with opportunities to publish; they are encouraged to develop their own lines of research, with mentoring on how to do so and protected time to make progress. Postdocs will be encouraged to write a grant proposal; training and mentoring in this area will be provided. A variety of other professional development activities will be available to postdocs. The Pennsylvania State University is the location of many exciting research projects in both prevention and methodology; both the Prevention Research Center and Methodology Center are interdisciplinary environments with substantial funding from the National Institutes of Health. Eligible applicants will have completed all requirements for the PhD at the time of appointment; applicants may have their degrees from any department, but degrees in human development, psychology, epidemiology, health behavior, biobehavioral health, quantitative psychology, statistics, or biostatistics will be particularly good fits for the program. Due to National Institutes of Health regulations concerning T32s, eligible applicants must be citizens or non-citizen nationals of the United States or have been lawfully admitted for permanent residency at the time of appointment. PAMT is looking for postdocs who wish to establish a line of research that has both a prevention and methodology focus. To be considered, candidates must apply online and upload the following: (a) a letter of application describing their research interests, qualifications, relevant experience, and the names of two potential mentors; (b) a current curriculum vita; and (c) complete contact information (name, current position, mailing address, telephone number, and email address) for two professional references. Candidates must also arrange for the two professional references to send electronic letters of recommendation to Dr. Bethany Bray at Candidates are strongly encouraged to contact Dr. Bray prior to applying in order to discuss the program and selection of the two potential mentors. Please indicate "PAMT Postdoc" in the subject line of email correspondence.

These salary bands have been established to provide salary guidelines for staff positions.

Salary Band Minimum Midpoint Maximum
A $16,104 $23,748 $31,392
B $17,712 $26,124 $34,524
C $19,152 $28,728 $38,304
D $21,072 $31,620 $42,156
E $23,604 $35,400 $47,196
F $26,436 $39,660 $52,872
G $29,136 $44,412 $59,712
H $33,192 $50,616 $68,040
I $37,848 $57,696 $77,580
J $42,444 $65,772 $89,136
K $49,236 $76,308 $103,392
L $57,120 $88,524 $119,928
M $66,240 $102,672 $139,116
N $78,168 $121,152 $164,148
O $90,768 $142,968 $195,168
P $107,124 $168,696 $230,280
Q $126,396 $199,056 $271,728
R $151,668 $238,872 $326,088