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Post-doctoral Scholar - General Internal Medicine

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Post-doctoral Scholar - General Internal Medicine


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The Penn State College of Medicine, Department of Medicine and the Sciamanna Lab, in Hershey, PA is seeking a Post-doctoral Scholar for a randomized controlled trial of exercise interventions designed to improve walking ability. The Sciamanna Lab has its mission to develop, test and scale a physical activity intervention to treat the 25% of older adults who report serious walking difficulty. To accomplish this mission, the Sciamanna Lab designs and tests specific physical activity programs to engineer programs that are effective, have high rates of adherence, and are designed to be scalable to every region of the US. This work is done primarily with funding from grants from the National Institutes of Health, Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI), as well as other federal, state, and University funders. This position will work in a research support role, collecting and analyzing qualitative and quantitative data from subjects, assisting in the writing of research manuscripts, and working with other faculty and research study staff funded by Dr. Sciamanna’s research grants.

Responsibilities include: assisting in collecting research data; contributing to and initiating data analysis/design for use in technical reports and documentation; organizing data for use in oral/written reports and presentations; collecting, compiling, and processing research data; coordinating operational activities and providing support to researchers and technicians; assisting in the development of analyses as well as manuscript preparation-based activities; investigating and evaluating research methods; and collaborating with research study staff to oversee operations of the active research study and ensure program compliance with University policies; and other functions as assigned by Dr. Sciamanna.

The ideal candidate will possess a doctoral degree in hand by time of start in any of the following fields: Exercise physiology; Kinesiology; or Psychology, with a research focus on older adults. In addition to experience, the candidate will also have the following traits: problem-solver; critical thinker; team-oriented; optimistic attitude; dependable; and communicative.

This is a limited-term appointment funded for one year from date of hire.

Employment will require successful completion of background check(s) in accordance with University polices.

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