Post Doc Research Assoc

University of Utah Health

Job Description

Full job description


Open Date 01/16/2024

Requisition Number PRN37433B

Job Title Post Doc Res Assoc w/Ret

Working Title Post Doc Research Assoc

Job Grade A00

FLSA Code Administrative

Patient Sensitive Job Code? No

Standard Hours per Week 40

Full Time or Part Time? Full Time

Shift Day

Work Schedule Summary

VP Area U of U Health - Academics

Department 00196 - Health & Kinesiology

Location Campus

City Salt Lake City, UT

Type of Recruitment External Posting

Pay Rate Range 55,000-65,000

Close Date

Open Until Filled No

Job Summary

The Department of Health & Kinesiology (H&K) at University of Utah Health is accepting applications for a Postdoctoral Research Scholar to work in community-engaged, dissemination and implementation ( CEDI ) science with an emphasis on reducing health disparities and advancing health equity in physical activity, nutrition, weight control, health promotion, and disease prevention. The Scholar will have the opportunity to work in the context of the University of Utah Driving Out Diabetes Initiative that includes projects focused on middle and high school student education delivered to schools across Utah, providing access to healthful foods for people who are experiencing homeless or housing insecurity, and community-based screening and coaching for health promotion on the Wellness Bus mobile health unit. The position will provide training for an independent academic research career community-engaged research and evaluation sciences, dissemination and implementation science, and the prevention and control of diabetes. Scholars are expected to collaborate on established projects and are encouraged to conduct independent research with an emphasis on study conceptualization and execution in collaboration with key community partners, the dissemination and implementation of evidence-based interventions, peer-reviewed manuscript production, and grant applications. H&K training, resources, and collaborative support will enable Scholars to build their own research programs. Salary and fringe benefits are competitive. The Postdoctoral Research Scholar will be mentored by Dr. Paul Estabrooks who has an exceptional track record of helping fellows obtain independent funding as principal investigators from the NCI , NHLBI , NIMHD , NIDDK , PCORI , AHA , and CDC .

The University of Utah encompasses both the flagship university and the health sciences campus for the state and is the largest institution in the entire Intermountain West. Salt Lake City is a diverse and vibrant city with access to world class outdoor recreation and a very affordable cost of living. Salt Lake City is 22% Latino and has the 11th highest proportion of LGBTQ residents among U.S. cities.

Applicants are required to submit a cover letter, a detailed statement of research interests and fit with the position, a CV, and/or service, three letters of reference, and a writing sample (published or unpublished first authored peer-reviewed article preferred).

In cover letter please indicate expected completion date of requirements of the PhD or equivalent terminal degree.


Scholars will be expected to collaborate with Dr. Estabrooks and other faculty, post docs, and students by participating in lead- and co-authored manuscripts, contributing to new grant applications and conducting ongoing metabolism and diabetes related research. Scholars will also contribute to the overall execution of existing and new research projects focused on increasing the reach, effectiveness, adoption, implementation, and sustainability of Driving Out Diabetes programs. This includes taking a significant role in the evaluation of the Driving Out Diabetes Programs. This work explicitly focuses on eliminating health disparities in diabetes and its behavioral precursors.

Minimum Qualifications

Qualifications include a doctoral and/or professional degree in related fields (e.g., psychology, public health, kinesiology, exercise or nutrition sciences, health promotion/education, or other relevant social or population sciences). For PhD candidates, all requirements of the PhD or equivalent terminal degree must be completed before the post-doctoral research scholar appointment can begin. No citizenship requirement. Applications will be reviewed as they are received. Applicants from underrepresented groups are especially encouraged to apply.


Type Benefited Staff

Special Instructions Summary

Additional Information

The University is a participating employer with Utah Retirement Systems (“URS”). Eligible new hires with prior URS service, may elect to enroll in URS if they make the election before they become eligible for retirement (usually the first day of work). Contact Human Resources at (801) 581-7447 for information. Individuals who previously retired and are receiving monthly retirement benefits from URS are subject to URS’ post-retirement rules and restrictions. Please contact Utah Retirement Systems at (801) 366-7770 or (800) 695-4877 or University Human Resource Management at (801) 581-7447 if you have questions regarding the post-retirement rules.

This position may require the successful completion of a criminal background check and/or drug screen.

The University of Utah values candidates who have experience working in settings with students and patients from all backgrounds and possess a strong commitment to improving access to higher education and quality healthcare for historically underrepresented students and patients.

All qualified individuals are strongly encouraged to apply. Veterans’ preference is extended to qualified applicants, upon request and consistent with University policy and Utah state law. Upon request, reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to individuals with disabilities.

The University of Utah is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate based upon race, ethnicity, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, pregnancy-related conditions, genetic information, or protected veteran’s status. The University does not discriminate on the basis of sex in the education program or activity that it operates, as required by Title IX and 34 CFR part 106. The requirement not to discriminate in education programs or activities extends to admission and employment. Inquiries about the application of Title IX and its regulations may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator, to the Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, or both.

To request a reasonable accommodation for a disability or if you or someone you know has experienced discrimination or sexual misconduct including sexual harassment, you may contact the Director/Title IX Coordinator in the Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action ( OEO /AA). More information, including the Director/Title IX Coordinator’s office address, electronic mail address, and telephone number can be located at:

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