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Fellowship Post-Doctoral
Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana
Date Posted 10/13/2021
Admin-Other Administrative Positions
Employment Type
Application Deadline Open until filled

Job Summary

Postdoctoral Fellow, Purdue Puentes Project, Purdue University

The Purdue Puentes Project (PPP) at Purdue University is an interdisciplinary project headed by Dr. Yumary Ruiz, Associate Professor in the Department of Public Health and Dr. Zoe Taylor, Associate Professor in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies. The NIH-funded project is examining the health, adjustment, and well-being of Latinx youth (ages 10-15) in farm and agricultural worker families across four years. This research aims to advance understanding of the risk factors that are detrimental to the health and well-being of youth in seasonal and agricultural families, to identify resilience processes that counteract salient life stressors, and to assess the effects of mobility on adolescent outcomes.

The postdoctoral fellow will act as a project director for the study in conjunction with the Principal Investigators and a current postdoc. Primary responsibilities will include assisting with project including recruitment and community outreach, data collection, data cleaning, retention efforts, supervision and training of staff and students, data analysis, and preparation of manuscripts. Weekend hours and evenings will sometimes be required. Minimum one-year commitment and residence in West Lafayette is required. The position has the potential to be renewed for multiple years pending successful first year.


Qualifications include:

  • A Ph.D. in Human Development & Family Studies/ Public Health/ Developmental Psychology/ or another related field completed by the start of the employment.
  • Bilingual in English and Spanish strongly preferred.
  • Strong analytical skills (including multilevel and longitudinal analyses of nested data) and experience with statistical analysis packages (e.g. MPlus, R, STATA).
  • Experience collecting and analyzing qualitative data is beneficial.
  • Excellent writing skills and experience with submitting manuscripts to academic journals.
  • Ability to work well independently as well as be part of a team.
  • Strong supervisory skills.
  • Great organization skills and attention to detail.
  • Experience working with Latinx youth and families (particularly immigrant or farmworker families) is preferred.

For Full Consideration

The following is required for full consideration:

  • Curriculum Vitae.
  • Combined cover letter/research statement detailing previous research experience. relevant to the project, your research interests, and statistical skills.
  • 2-3 representative publications that best exemplifies your scholarly work.
  • Three letters of reference.


Review of applications will begin December 1st. Start date is 6/1/2022 (or earlier).

To apply go to:

Questions should be directed to both Dr. Yumary Ruiz (ruiz46@purdue.edu ) and Dr. Zoe Taylor (zetaylor@purdue.edu ).

Purdue University is an EOE/AA employer. All individuals, including minorities, women, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply. A background check will be required for employment in this position.  

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