Postdoctoral Research Associates


The FRC's Postdoctoral Research Associate positions have provided opportunities for early career development, publication, supervision by national leaders in human development and family studies, and experience working on transdisciplinary teams. Previous postdoctoral associates have worked on projects related to the prevention of childhood obesity, food insecurity, resource development for immigrant families and their children, and programs that connect food and family in positive ways.

Position Available - Accepting Applications

The FRC is currently seeking to fill a postdoctoral positions to commence as early as August 2020. Preference will be given to candidates with strong biostatistical and longitudinal modeling skills, and with expertise in the following areas:

  • Early childhood nutrition
  • Prevention of childhood obesity
  • Family factors that contribute to healthy eating habits in the first five years of life
  • Longitudinal data analysis

The Family Resiliency Center is an interdisciplinary research and outreach unit dedicated to advancing knowledge and practices that strengthen families' abilities to meet life's challenges and thrive. The STRONG Kids 2 program is a cells-to-society approach to nutrition across the first seven years of life. Members of the STRONG Kids 2 team are examining how individual biology interacts with family and community factors to predict dietary and health outcomes in a cohort of over 450 families. The team seeks a postdoctoral associate who will work collaboratively with team members to conduct longitudinal analysis of this rich data set, prepare manuscripts, and identify areas of their own scholarly interest that may be derived from the cohort.

The position provides opportunities for early career development, publication and supervision by national leaders in human development and family studies, nutritional sciences, kinesiology, and experience working on interdisciplinary teams.  Candidates should have completed a doctoral degree in human development/family studies, nutritional sciences, psychology, education, or related fields. We seek applicants with strong methodological and quantitative data analysis skills, writing skills, and the ability to work in a collaborative interdisciplinary environment. The Urbana-Champaign community offers a wealth of cultural, intellectual, and recreational opportunities.

Applications will be reviewed until the position is filled, however preference will be made to those received by May 30, 2020.  Applicants should submit curriculum vitae and cover letter in PDF format and names and contact information for three references to Brenda Koester at

For more information contact

Brenda Koester
Associate Director, Family Resiliency Center
Phone: 217-244-6486