Professional Opportunity March 2019

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University of Utah School of Medicine Postdoctoral Fellow, Behavioral Sleep Medicine, Department of Family and Preventive Medicine


The Department of Family and Preventive Medicine at the University of Utah School of Medicine is seeking highly motivated candidates for a post-doctoral fellowship position in behavioral sleep medicine.


The postdoctoral fellow will have opportunity to participate in basic behavioral and clinical research projects focused on sleep, circadian rhythms and cardiometabolic disorders. We seek applications from exceptional individuals with expertise in sleep, circadian rhythms and/or obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, appetite/weight regulation and other related areas.


Experience in sleep and circadian rhythms is not required but complementary expertise is preferred. Clinical training in behavioral sleep medicine and/or primary care psychology can be provided as part of the fellowship but is not required.


Positions are for one year with possibility of renewal for multiple years. The position is designed to prepare individuals for independent academic research or clinical research careers. Individuals selected for this position(s) will have opportunities to lead and/or co-author manuscript publications and share project investigator role in a manner commensurate with their experience and effort.


The primary supervisor for research and clinical activities will be Kelly Baron, PhD, MPH, DBSM but there will be opportunities to interact in multidisciplinary research and clinical teams.




1. Candidates must be able to perform self-directed research as well as work well with the PI and related project teams 

2. Collaborate with Department of Family and Preventive Medicine research faculty across Divisions 3. Collaborate with faculty across the institution

4. Demonstrate effective communication skills: present research at national meetings and author manuscripts for publications in scientific journals

5. If desired, participate in clinical activities at the Sleep Wake Center or Family Medicine,

6. If needed, provide guidance to undergraduate and graduate students as part of the research team


Minimum Qualifications: PhD or other doctoral degree, preferably in psychology, counseling or health psychology. The applicant will have a demonstrated record of scientific accomplishment as evidenced by at least one first author peer-reviewed publication in a scientific journal.


Preferences: Advanced statistical analysis skills are preferred. Experience with data management and analysis for epidemiologic studies and large datasets. Women and individuals from populations underrepresented in scientific disciplines are strongly encouraged to apply.


Salary level is competitive and in compliance with the Fair Labor Standards Act for postdoctoral researchers effective December 1, 2016. Additionally, the University of Utah offers a generous benefits package including a variety of medical plans and other important benefits including retirement, tuition reduction, a wellness program, and an employee assistant program.


The Department of Family and Preventive Medicine was founded in 1970 making it one of the oldest and most established family medicine departments in the country. Currently ranked #7 in NIH funding in the 2016 Blueridge Report, the Department comprises four complimentary Divisions: Public Health, Physician Assistant Studies, Family Medicine, and Occupational and Environmental Health. The Department offers eight different graduate degrees, teaches medical students, and trains residents in Family Medicine and Occupational and Environmental Medicine. The Department of Family and Preventive Medicine optimizes quality of life through scholarship that advances health and wellbeing in home, workplaces, and communities.


Please contact Cami Palo, at with any questions regarding this posting.



“University of Utah Health is a patient focused center distinguished by collaboration, excellence, leadership, and Respect. University of Utah Health values candidates who are committed to fostering and furthering the culture of compassion, collaboration, innovation, accountability, diversity, integrity, quality, and trust that is integral to the mission of University of Utah Health.”


The University of Utah is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and is committed to diversity in its workforce. In compliance with applicable federal and state laws, University of Utah policy of equal employment opportunity prohibits discrimination on the basis of race or ethnicity, religion, color, national origin, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, veteran’s status, status as a qualified person with a disability, or genetic information. Individuals from historically underrepresented groups, such as minorities, women, qualified persons with disabilities, and protected veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. Veterans’ preference is extended to qualified applicants, upon request and consistent with University policy and Utah state law.

To inquire about this posting, email: or call 801-581-2300. Reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to qualified individuals with disabilities. To request an accommodation or for further information about University AA/EO policies, please contact the Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action, 201 S. Presidents Cr., Rm 135, (801) 581-8365 (V/TDD), email:


The University is a participating employer with Utah Retirement Systems (“URS”). To be eligible for retirement contributions, you must be hired into a benefit-eligible position. Certain new hires are automatically assigned to the URS retirement plan and other employees with prior URS service, may elect to enroll in the URS within 30 days of hire. Regardless of whether they are hired into a benefit-eligible position or not, individuals who previously retired and are receiving monthly retirement benefits from URS must notify the Benefits Department upon hire. Please contact Utah Retirement Systems at (801)366-7770 or (800)695-4877 or the University’s Benefits Department at (801)581-7447 for information.

This position may require the successful completion of a criminal background check and/or drug screen.




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