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Post-Doctoral Scholar in Adolescent Substance Use Research

The Criminal Justice Research Center (CJRC) at The Pennsylvania State University invites applications for a Postdoctoral Scholar position to begin June 1, 2021 or as soon as practical thereafter. The CJRC supports innovative criminal justice research focused on the connections between research, policy, and practice. The successful applicant will collaborate on research with Dr. Jeremy Staff in the Department of Sociology and Criminology and Dr. Jennifer Maggs in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies on the precursors, correlates, and consequences of substance use in adolescence. Projects use national longitudinal data, apply advanced statistical methods, and aim for publication in high-impact journals. Applications are encouraged from both current Ph.D. candidates and scholars who have completed the Ph.D. within the past two years. Note that an earned doctorate in the social or behavioral sciences by the time of appointment is required.

Responsibilities will include analyses of longitudinal data; preparation of grant proposals, manuscripts, and conference presentations; and participation in graduate student mentoring. In addition to collaborative projects, the scholar will have access to exceptional resources to facilitate his or her independent research. The CJRC has an outstanding repertoire of faculty affiliates, seed funding resources, and externally funded ongoing and completed research projects. The Center is affiliated with the Consortium to Combat Substance Abuse (, an interdisciplinary network at Penn State supporting substance use research and interventions. The successful candidate will benefit from the team’s strong links with other research networks at Penn State, including the Prevention Research Center and postdoctoral training programs.

The initial appointment will be for one year, with the potential for a second-year contingent on the candidate’s productivity and the availability of funding. To apply and be considered for this opportunity, please submit a statement of research interests and career objectives, a curriculum vitae, and contact information for three letters of recommendation. If selected as a finalist for the position, recommendation letters will be requested. Preference will be given to candidates with advanced training in statistics and experience analyzing longitudinal datasets, and to those with an interest in and likelihood of developing an independent research program focusing on adolescent substance use. Preference will also be given to candidates with a commitment to a research career in an academic or applied research setting. 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.

Employment will require successful completion of background check(s) in accordance with University policies. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. For more information about the position, please contact Professor Jeremy Staff,

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