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Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Psychology, March 2020

Chapman University
California, United States
Not specified
Date posted
Oct 18, 2019
General Information

Dr. Jennifer Robinette in the Department of Psychology at Chapman University is seeking applicants for a postdoctoral fellow. The position is located on our Orange Campus. The ideal candidate should be able to start in March, 2020.

The position is funded in part by a NIH/NIA career development award, titled: Neighborhood Adversity and Sensitivity to Stress: A study of gene x environment interactions. Fellows may be funded and supported up to 2 years, pending performance and grant support.

Chapman University is a nationally ranked institution offering traditional undergraduate and graduate programs in the heart of Orange County, one of Southern California’s most diverse and vibrant regions. The university achieved R2 status in the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education, a distinction held by just 10 percent of all U.S. universities. Our faculty include academic leaders who excel in research, publishing and world-class teaching in our 11 schools and colleges, including Crean College of Health and Behavioral Sciences. Dedicated to forward-looking, personalized education, we create an environment for unlimited achievement by both our students and faculty. More information about the university and Crean College of Health and Behavioral Sciences is available at

The University is dedicated to enhancing diversity and inclusion in all aspects of recruitment and employment. More information on diversity and inclusion at Chapman University is available at



Dr. Robinette invites application from those whose research interests and experience will contribute to the scientific goals of the Context and Aging Research (CARE) lab. Projects in this lab examine adulthood psychosocial, physical, and cognitive health in the neighborhood context.

The candidate must have a Ph.D. in a relevant discipline by the time the position starts. The Ph.D. must have been awarded in the last five years.

A Ph.D. in health psychology or related field is preferred, as are those with experience, knowledge, and/ or research interest in social epidemiology, social genomics, aging, and spatial sciences.

Applicants with prior experience using large national data sets, advanced data analysis skills, excellent organizational skills, and strong interpersonal skills are highly encouraged to apply.



Project aims will be tested via secondary analysis of multiple large national data sets consisting of United States men and women in midlife and older adulthood who have been followed since the early 1990s every 2 or 10 years.

These rich sources of data include health indicators from self-report, in-depth interviews, home visits, and blood, urine, and saliva samples, as well as via linkage to various administrative data sets.

Under Dr. Robinette’s mentorship, the fellow will analyze large national data sets, present findings at professional conferences, and publish findings in peer-reviewed journals in the fields of psychology, gerontology, and social epidemiology. The fellow will also mentor undergraduate research assistants, engage with other faculty across departments at Chapman University, and write and apply for foundation and federal grants.


Contact Information Qualified applicants should electronically submit a letter of intent detailing a description of relevant experience showing excellent organizational and management skills, CV, research statement outlining previous, current, and future research plans, and three letters of recommendation to:

Dr. Jennifer Robinette at
Please use ‘Post Doc Position’ as the email subject line.

If you have additional questions you may contact Dr. Jennifer Robinette at

Successful completion of a background check is required for the final candidate.

Download a copy of the Chapman Faculty Application for Employment here.


Chapman University is an equal opportunity employer committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive academic global community. The University is dedicated to enhancing diversity and inclusion in all aspects of recruitment and employment. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, ancestry, citizenship status, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, military and veteran status, marital status, pregnancy, genetic information or any other characteristic protected by state or federal law. The University is committed to achieving a diverse faculty and staff and encourages members of underrepresented groups to apply.

Chapman University, One University Drive, Orange, CA 92866 Human Resources Department

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