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Monterey, California, USA

University of Pennsylvania
Positive Psychology Center


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The Positive Psychology Center at the University of Pennsylvania seeks a Postdoctoral Research Fellow to begin summer or fall 2013, for one to four years with potential for employment on future projects. The fellow will play a central role on a large grant examining Positive Health among soldiers in the Armed Forces. The project examines the influence of psychological and physical health assets on physical health, illness, health care utilization, and health care expenditure. This is a rare opportunity to be part of a research team developing cutting-edge technology and researching a new and rapidly growing area of psychological studies.

The fellow will serve as a link between the grant's senior scientists and the U.S. Army's Research Facilitation Team (RFT). The RFT engages in program evaluation, behavioral science research, and command surveillance funded through the Office of the Deputy Undersecretary of the Army. The fellow will develop expert knowledge on the data elements (i.e., origin of measures, psychometrics, statistical relations) using the Person-Event Data Environment (PDE), a virtual electronic warehouse of medical, psychological, health, training, and personnel information, which has been gathered on over one million Army soldiers. The position involves extensive database management and statistical analysis, providing numerous opportunities for collaborative publications with prominent senior scientists.

The fellow will help the senior scientists operationalize the strategic goals into actionable lines of data analysis, refine research questions based on the constraints of the PDE, harvest the required data, assist in preparing the data for analysis, and ensure that the database programmers and investigative team work within established privacy and human subject protection guidelines followed by the Army Analytics Group (AAG). The fellow will perform advanced statistical modeling and data analysis including both variable- and person-centered techniques (latent growth and growth mixture modeling, discrete time series and survival analyses, fixed-effect latent variable modeling). The Fellow will also serve as a technical writer, helping prepare manuscripts for publication in scientific journals. The fellow will assist the RFT Director in communicating the team's successes to the broader Army and scientific community, and keep the RFT Director and senior scientists apprised of advances made by the team.

The fellow will work with grant senior scientists including Dr. Martin E.P. Seligman (PI), Dr. Rhonda Cornum (co-PI), Dr. Laura Kubzansky, Dr. Laurence Steinberg, Dr. Edward Diener, and Dr. Darwin Labarthe.

Experience mining large-scale medical and behavioral data sets, using relational database software, and advanced modeling programs (i.e., Mplus or EQS) as well as an understanding of the interface between mental and physical health is required. Strong quantitative training in both person- and variable-centered techniques is essential. Individuals with a Ph.D. in psychology, health and human development, medical epidemiology, developmental psychopathology or a related behavioral science field are encouraged to apply. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. The fellow will work in Monterey, CA and travel for collaboration with senior scientists. Please send CV, statement of interest (two pages max), 2 reprints/preprints, 2-3 letters of recommendation, and at least 3 references to: Libby Benson, The University of Pennsylvania is an EOE/Affirmative Action Employer.

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