Postdoctoral Scholar (Stress, Emotion, Behavior, and Health)

Penn State University

University Park Campus
Date Announced:
Date Closing:
open until filled
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College of Health and Human Development
Biobehavioral Health and the Center for Healthy Aging


The Pennsylvania State University’s Department of Biobehavioral Health ( and the Center for Healthy Aging ( invites applications for Postdoctoral Scholar appointments (up to three positions are available) to work with a team of interdisciplinary investigators on one or more NIH-funded study(ies) of everyday stress processes, including a smartphone delivered ‘just-in-time’ intervention for everyday stress and health behaviors in adulthood. This is an opportunity for an emerging scholar to engage with a productive team of investigators who use intensive longitudinal methods (e.g., ecological momentary assessment) to characterize and intervene upon intra-individual stress-related health processes. Responsibilities will be tailored to individual skills and interests, but will include project-specific tasks; data collection and/or management; data analyses; preparation of manuscripts and conference presentations; contributing to grant preparation; and participation in interdisciplinary research groups. The scholar(s) will have extensive opportunities to publish (e.g., from other existing data sets), access to exceptional resources to facilitate their independent research and professional development, and will be part of a dynamic group of interdisciplinary scholars. Qualified individuals will have earned a Ph.D. in the social, behavioral, or health sciences and have demonstrated research excellence and productivity. Preference will be given to candidates with expertise and experience in relevant research domains (stress, emotion, health, sleep, physical activity, etc.), strong statistical skills (especially multi-level modeling and within-person approaches), ambulatory data capture (EMA/ESM, physiological monitoring, mHealth, etc.), and/or intervention studies. The initial appointment will be for one year; funding is available for yearly reappointment contingent upon satisfactory performance. The positions provide salary and benefits consistent with those for NIH postdoctoral fellows. To be considered for the position, candidates must apply online [LINK], and upload a letter of application describing interests, qualifications and relevant experience, a current curriculum vita, and complete contact information for three professional references (the letters of professional references will be requested only for finalists for these positions). Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until all the positions are filled. The start date for these positions is flexible but should be no later than August, 2019. For more information, please contact Dr. Joshua Smyth ( Please indicate “Postdoc Opportunity” in the subject line of all email correspondence. Employment will require successful completion of background check(s) in accordance with University policies. Penn State is committed to affirmative action, equal opportunity and the diversity of its workplace.

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

Salary Band Minimum Midpoint Maximum
A $16,584 $24,456 $32,328
B $18,240 $26,904 $35,556
C $19,728 $29,592 $39,456
D $21,708 $32,568 $43,416
E $24,312 $36,468 $48,612
F $27,228 $40,848 $54,456
G $30,012 $45,744 $61,500
H $34,188 $52,140 $70,080
I $38,988 $59,424 $79,908
J $43,716 $67,740 $91,812
K $50,712 $78,600 $106,488
L $58,836 $91,176 $123,528
M $68,232 $105,756 $143,292
N $80,508 $124,788 $169,068
O $93,492 $147,252 $201,024
P $110,340 $173,760 $237,192
Q $126,396 $199,056 $271,728
R $151,668 $238,872 $326,088