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Postdoctoral Associate

Blacksburg, Virginia, USA

Virginia Tech


Contact Jamie Zoellner
Phone: 540-231-3670

The Community-Based Health Disparities Program in the Department of Human Nutrition, Foods, and Exercise at Virginia Tech is pleased to announce a postdoctoral associate starting the Fall of 2013. The successful candidate will work closely with Dr. Zoellner, other investigators and project staff in the HNFE department, graduate research assistants, stakeholder from Virginia communities, and Virginia residents. The research experiences will span a number of community-based research projects that target nutrition, physical activity, and obesity. The two primary research projects include:

• A community-based participatory research ( CBPR ) project with numerous on-going research activities (e.g. childhood obesity treatment, community gardens) aimed at addressing health disparities and reducing obesity (Funding: National Institutes of Health, National Institute for Minority Health and Health Disparities; Virginia Foundation for Healthy Youth)

• A health literacy intervention targeting sugar-sweetened beverage intake among low resourced populations in Southwest Virginia (Funding: National Institutes of Health, National Cancer Institute)

Required Qualifications:

• PhD in behavioral sciences, nutrition, public health, psychology, sociology or related field

• Strong interest and experience in community-based research and working with at-risk and diverse communities

• Expertise and training in behavioral nutrition and physical activity, community-based participatory research, and/or health literacy

• Interest in translational science and working with a multidisciplinary team of scientists

• Outstanding communication skills, including record of peer-review publications and scholarly presentations

• Strong track record in cooperative work

• Creative, independent, and highly motivated, with the ability to interact professionally in a research and community environments

• Strong work habits and the ability to work independently and with diverse groups

• Data management and statistical analytic skills

Preferred Qualifications:

Experience working on federally funded research trials

Employment Conditions:

Must have a criminal background check, Must have a driver's license check

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Employment Comments:

This position will require in-state travel. Occasional overnight travel will be required.

How to Apply for this Job:

For a complete listing of position qualifications, and to apply, please visit, and search for posting #SR0130058. Resume/CV, transcripts (unofficial acceptable), test scores (if available, e.g. GRE )and sample writing are required. Review of applications will begin on June 28, 2013.

Contact Information

Jamie Zoellner, PhD, RD

Associate Professor

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

Human Nutrition, Foods and Exercise

Integrated Life Sciences Building 23, Room 1034 (0913)

1981 Kraft Drive

Blacksburg, VA 24061


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Special Research Faculty

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Exempt: Not eligible for overtime

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Non-Tenure Track

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Human Nutrition, Foods & Exercise



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Diversity Statement:

Virginia Tech has a strong commitment to the principle of diversity, and in that spirit seeks a broad spectrum of candidates including women, minorities, veterans, and people with disabilities. Individuals with disabilities desiring accommodations in the application process should notify the hiring department by the application deadline.

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