Assistant Professor of Biobehavioral Health

    University park, PA

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    The Department of Biobehavioral Health (BBH) in the College of Health and Human Development ( at The Pennsylvania State University invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor faculty position in the area of cardiovascular health psychophysiology. 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:

    The department seeks applicants with expertise in the use of novel technologies such as mobile biobehavioral sensors to understand cardiovascular health and develop mobile interventions in the real-world environment. The ideal applicant will have strong interest and experience conducting interdisciplinary research that integrates behavioral and biological function.

    BBH has a strong interdisciplinary research program that examines how environmental factors (e.g., early life trauma, stress, impoverished social and physical environments, etc.) interact with biological factors (e.g., genetics, brain development, physiology, etc.) to impact health. Candidates that contribute to these strengths will be of particular interest. Candidates should demonstrate an established interdisciplinary research program, and a successful history of external funding, that integrates behavioral and biological approaches to examine multifactorial contributions to the development and/or maintenance of cardiovascular health.

    This individual will have access to research facilities including the BBH Department's shared Biomarker Core Lab (BCL; ), the Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI; ), the Social Science Research Institute (SSRI; ), the Social, Life, and Engineering Sciences Imaging Center (SLEIC; ), the Methodology Center ( ), the Huck Institutes for the Life Sciences ( ), the Center for Healthy Aging (, and the Center for Health Care and Policy Research ( ). Opportunities for collaboration also exist with multiple academic units across the College and University (e.g., Human Development and Family Studies, Nutritional Sciences, Kinesiology, Psychology, Biomedical Engineering, School of Nursing, Hershey Medical Center, Biology).

    The position involves teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels. A doctorate in neuroscience, behavioral science, psychology, biology, sociology, public health, genetics, biostatistics or a related field is required. Applicants should have a strong record of scholarly research commensurate with their experience, and will be expected to possess a record of external research funding, and to engage in professional service. The Pennsylvania State University is committed to and accountable for advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in all of its forms. We embrace individual uniqueness, foster a culture of inclusion that supports both broad and specific diversity initiatives, leverage the educational and institutional benefits of diversity, and engage all individuals to help them thrive. We value inclusion as a core strength and an essential element of our public service mission.

    The expected position start date is August 2020. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. To apply, upload a cover letter describing research and teaching interests and experiences, curriculum vitae, names of three professional references, and any supporting materials (e.g. reprints, preprints).


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    University Park, PA
    Posting ID: 556644549Posted: 2020-05-21