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Postdoctoral Applicants

After reading these guidelines, please send to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it the following files via email:
  • Cover letter including date of defense (month and year), date of availability, identification of at least two proposed faculty mentors at Penn State, and names of references
  • Two-page "Statement of Interests"
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Two letters of support from faculty (to be sent by the faculty NOT by the applicant)

Statement of Interests Guidelines:

  1. Describe the career you are working toward and hope to have established in 5-7 years. In particular, describe your research interests and the research program you hope to establish. Explain how this research program relates to the integration of prevention science and quantitative methods.

  2. Explain the aspects of your training that have helped you prepare to establish the career described above, and discuss the areas where you need additional training and mentoring. Explain how a PAMT postdoc will help you obtain the additional training and mentoring you need. (Do not worry if you see yourself needing a lot of additional training and mentoring; the amount of training and mentoring needed is less important than whether PAMT can provide what you need.)

  3. Use the mentors for PAMT postdoctoral applicants list to identify potential mentors. Each PAMT postdoc is guided by a prevention mentor and a methodology mentor. Choose one or more possible mentors from both the methodology list and the prevention list. Explain how the potential mentors’ research interests fit with your interests as described in 1 and your training needs as described in 2. You are encouraged to contact the mentors before applying to verify that they are taking on additional trainees and to discuss your application.

Successful candidates will have

  • a Ph.D. or equivalent degree in a behavioral science (e.g., psychology, sociology, human development), statistics, biostatistics, or public health
  • an excellent academic record
  • evidence of commitment to a research career
  • strong interest in the integration of prevention science and statistical methods.

Awards will be two years in duration with stipends based on current NIH guidelines. The second year is contingent upon a successful first year. All awards are based on final grant award notification from NIH. Health insurance, tuition, and travel funds are included in the award.

Submit application materials to:
Ed Smith
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Bethany Bray, Ph.D.
PAMT Training Director 
The Pennsylvania State University 
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