Job Description: We are seeking a post-doctoral fellow to participate on an NIH-funded research project aimed at identifying epigenetic predictors of children’s developmental impairments in a sample of infants that were born very preterm. The participants for this study are enrolled in the Neonatal Neurobehavior and Outcomes in Very Preterm Infants (NOVI) study, which is part of the NIH national Environmental Influences on Child Health Outcomes (ECHO) program (https://www.nih.gov/echo/about-echo). NOVI includes ongoing collection of bio-samples for epigenetic analyses and information on developmental outcomes from birth to age 7. The post-doctoral fellow will work directly with the Principal Investigator (PI), Dr. Barry Lester in the Departments of Pediatrics and Psychiatry at the Alpert Medical School of Brown University and liaise with researchers at the collaborating site, Emory University, to provide overall support in ensuring progress of the study. The successful applicant will be involved in the analyses of longitudinal data relating DNA methylation to neurodevelopment, drafting of manuscripts, and presentation of research findings. The post-doctoral fellow will be expected to work independently on analyses, while coordinating with the PI and study personnel to complete projects. The PI will provide guidance and opportunities to enhance the post-doctoral fellow’s research and professional skills, and provide opportunities to attend and participate in scientific conferences. The fellow will also be involved in the teaching and training of others, including students and research staff. Opportunities for the fellow to apply for independent funding will be available and is encouraged. The initial appointment is for one year, renewal expected if progress is satisfactory and funds are available. Appointments cannot exceed five years.
Required Qualifications: A recent or prospective doctoral graduate (Ph.D. or equivalent qualification) in an appropriate field, including but not limited to Developmental Psychology, Child Development, Epidemiology, Public Health or Pediatrics. The candidate must have excellent scientific writing ability, strong oral communication skills, and an ability to work effectively with colleagues, both in-person and via teleconference. The candidate must have strong biostatistical skills preferably with R-statistical software.
Preferred Qualifications: Experience with statistical analyses of longitudinal measures and/or familiarity with epigenetics is useful, but not essential.