Postdoctoral Scholar - Nutritional Sciences (Ingestive Behavior)

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
Nutritional Sciences


The Health, Ingestive Behavior, and Technology (HIT) laboratory led by Dr. Travis Masterson in the College of Health and Human Development, Department of Nutritional Sciences at Penn State is seeking a highly motivated Postdoctoral Researcher with an interest in leveraging technology to better understand ingestive behavior and its impact on health. The laboratory employs a variety of technologies such as ecological momentary assessment (EMA), virtual reality (VR), and functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to understand individual and environmental factors that influence eating behaviors. The successful candidate will participate in managing ongoing studies, assist with regulatory compliance, analyzing existing data sets, writing follow-up grants, and disseminating findings of projects through publications and presentations, among other things. The Postdoctoral Researcher must be able to work independently and as an interdisciplinary team member where they will have opportunity to interact with faculty, staff, graduate students and undergraduate students. Additional qualifications include strong oral and written communication skills, excellent organizational and problem-solving skills, and a detail-oriented work style. Applicants must have a Ph.D. or equivalent doctorate in an appropriate field and possess strong statistical skills (R, Python, or MATLAB preferred). Additional experience and/or training in cognitive neuroscience, data science, computer science, or a related field is desirable but not required. Please upload a cover letter (highlighting interest, qualifications, and scholarly goals), a copy of your most recent CV, three letters of recommendation, and a writing sample (e.g. scholarly manuscript). Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. The ideal start-date is May 1, 2020 but other dates will be considered. This appointment is for 1 year with excellent possibility of extension for an additional year. Applicants are encouraged to contact Dr. Masterson with any questions or to discuss details of the position prior to submitting their application ( The Pennsylvania State University is committed to ensuring that diversity, equity, and inclusion are central to the success of a world-class research institution. We are concerned uniquely with the institutional change required for visioning and realizing a more socially just university. Consider working for The Pennsylvania State University. Located in Centre County, Pennsylvania, employment at Penn State offers an incredible opportunity to enjoy the beauty of the central Pennsylvania outdoors combined with all of the culture, sports, and entertainment a large university community can bring. More information on the area and all of its amenities can be found here:

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