Postdoctoral Scholars in Child Maltreatment, Digital Phenotyping, and Cognitive Aging

Penn State University

University Park Campus
Campus City:
University Park, PA
Date Announced:
Date Closing:
open until filled
Job Number:
Work Unit:
College of Health and Human Development
Center for Healthy Aging


The Pennsylvania State University’s Center for Healthy Aging ( and Center for Healthy Children ( invite applications for Postdoctoral Scholars to contribute to NIH-funded projects in either of two thematic areas: Child Maltreatment, Epigenetics, and Cognitive Aging. This NIH-funded Postdoctoral Scholar position is focused on examining biological and cognitive aging in the child maltreatment population. The position provides a rich and diverse array of research opportunities to meet project needs and advance the Scholars’s independent research career, including access to national and international cohorts examining the health effects of child maltreatment; prospective methods for characterizing the epigenetic and cognitive changes following exposure to child maltreatment; and examining accelerations in epigenetic age as a biomarker of cognitive aging and decline across different stages of human development. Digital Tools for Cognitive Aging and Dementia. This Postdoctoral Scholar position is focused on developing digital tools for high-precision monitoring of cognitive function. This position involves working in multi-disciplinary teams from psychology, biostatistics, neuroscience, computer science, engineering, and public health to develop and test digital tools (e.g., using smartphones and wearable sensors) for characterizing risk profiles for cognitive impairment, and for evaluating novel approaches to monitoring and promoting brain health. The Scholar will have access to and gain expertise in the analysis of longitudinal data collected using experiencing sampling and measurement burst designs. Primary responsibilities of both positions include: data management and analysis; contributing to scientific manuscripts; preparing and delivering presentations at scientific conferences; and to work collaboratively with an interdisciplinary team. The Postdoctoral Scholar will assist with project management, coordinating communications across the research sites, maintaining internal analytic procedures and documentation, and preparing project reports. Additionally, the successful candidate will have an opportunity to develop their independent research program by leveraging the research infrastructure in the two centers. Qualifications: Eligible applicants are those with a Ph.D. in the behavioral and/or social sciences. The successful candidate must evidence interest and commitment to a research career focused on aging. The candidate must be able to work independently as well as contribute to research labs in the center consisting of graduate students as well as other postdoctoral researchers and faculty. They will have proficiency in longitudinal data analysis (preferably R, SAS, Mplus, Python), multivariate methods, manuscript development, and related skills (e.g., scientific presentations). Other requirements include excellent communication, writing, time management, and organizational skills. Competitive candidates will have demonstrated success with scholarly writing including peer-reviewed publications in scientific journals. Candidates must apply electronically by completing an online application and uploading the following: (1) a cover letter that clearly identifies to which position (Child Maltreatment or Digital Tools) is applying, and that describes specific interest in the position; (2) a curriculum vitae, (3) selected articles as a writing sample, and (4) the names and contact information of three professional references. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. These are a fixed-term 48-week appointments funded for one year from date of hire with excellent possibility of re-funding.

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