The USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work is seeking a Postdoctoral Scholar – Research Associate to join its team. The postdoctoral scholar will be under the primary mentorship of Dr. Daniel A. Hackman, whose work investigates how social and environmental contexts influence developmental trajectories of health and well-being across the lifecourse. The candidate will be working on an NICHD funded study of the role of neighborhoods in brain development, cognition, and emotion across adolescence; vulnerability to the COVID-19 pandemic and school-related changes; and the factors that may protect against adversity and foster resilience. The position involves management and analysis of longitudinal data from a large nationwide sample – the Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development study -utilizing multi-modal structural and functional neuroimaging data as well as data on behavior, neighborhood characteristics, educational environments, and family contexts. The candidate will have the opportunity to collaborate with and learn from an interdisciplinary group of scholars with expertise in developmental cognitive neuroscience, education, public and environmental health, social determinants of health, psychology, biostatistics, and more.
The candidate will contribute to meeting all aims of the study. The candidate will manage data, conduct statistical analyses, and interpret and communicate findings, with specific focus on longitudinal multi-level modeling and/or other advanced analytic methods. Writing manuscripts to communicate results both as lead- and as co-author is essential to the position, and the candidate will also present at conferences and contribute to conference presentations. Strong candidates will capitalize on the opportunity to lead analyses and manuscripts relevant to their research interests. There will also be opportunities to learn or stay informed of developments and innovations in the relevant research literature. The candidate will participate in team meetings; assist with grant administration and management; potentially supervise others on the project, such as graduate and undergraduate students; and contribute to other related duties as assigned or requested.