Postdoctoral Scholar at Penn State – Development, Risk, and Resilience Lab

The Development, Risk, and Resilience lab at Penn State is looking for a postdoctoral scholar. Come work with on a parenting focused intervention project and

  • Learn about parenting, substance use, family processes, and developmental outcomes
  • Collaborate with the investigative team on analyses and manuscripts from an ongoing NIH funded parenting focused clinical trial (Strong Family Foundations; SFF) for first time parents with alcohol problems
  • Collaborate on papers from other longitudinal studies spanning prenatal period to adolescence focused on prenatal and early adversities

Opportunities exist to engage in other aspects of the clinical trial and to work on existing data from other longitudinal cohort studies, spanning prenatal period to adolescence. More information on our research can be found at Opportunities also exist in this role for working on your own research questions and being part of a vibrant department and university with a multitude of training opportunities. For instance, postdocs at Penn State can get free 1:1 postdoctoral career coaching, asynchronous peer support via Teams, a weekly email customized for early-career researcher support, tailored programming, and engagement with an active postdoc society. See descriptions of services for postdocs at Penn State and a list of upcoming programs:

The ideal applicant will have a Ph.D. in prevention science, developmental, family, child clinical psychology, or a related field by the appointment date; an excellent background in longitudinal data analysis; a record of peer-reviewed publications; and an interest in developmental and prevention science.

In addition, successful candidates must either have demonstrated a commitment to building an inclusive, equitable, and diverse campus community, or describe one or more ways they would envision doing so, given the opportunity.

This term position is funded for one year from the date of hire, with a possible extension to two years. Salary and benefits follow NSF/NIH guidelines; more information on benefits can be found at

Applicants must submit an application online at: and should include the following as attachments: a CV, three reprints, and a one- to two-page statement of research interests. This statement should describe the candidate's goals for research and training during a postdoctoral position, including previous experience. Applicants should arrange for two letters of recommendation to be sent separately to Rina Das Eiden at [email protected]. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

This position requires the following clearances: PA State Police Criminal Background Check, PA Child Abuse History Clearance Form, and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Fingerprint Criminal Background Check. Penn State is committed to and accountable for advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in all of its forms. We embrace individual uniqueness, foster a culture of inclusion that supports both broad and specific diversity initiatives, leverage the educational and institutional benefits of diversity, and engage all individuals to help them thrive. We value inclusion as a core strength and an essential element of our public service mission.