Postdoctoral Research Position – Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania

The Addiction, Health, & Adolescence (AHA!) Lab ( in the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania is recruiting a postdoctoral researcher to begin July 2020 (start date flexible). The postdoc will support data collection, analysis, and writing of laboratory, experience-sampling, and fMRI studies of daily cigarette smokers. Questions we are interested in asking are: “How do smokers’ withdrawal experiences wax and wane from moment-to-moment during the course of daily life?”, “How are individual differences in the experience of smoking withdrawal reflected in the structure of large scale brain networks?”, and “How are individual differences in media engagement during smoking cessation attempts related to differences in smoking cessation success?”. You can also find more information about the types of data we are collecting on our lab website.

The position is open to candidates who have earned their PhD or will have earned their PhD by the position start date. Researchers from all backgrounds are welcome to apply. The position will be perfect for someone who has strong data analysis and writing skills and has expertise in an area related to substance use, experience-sampling, behavioral laboratory, or fMRI research and is interested in gaining expertise in a new area. There will be opportunities for secondary analysis of existing experience-sampling, daily diary, and fMRI datasets, gaining expertise in intensive longitudinal and network science methodologies, grant writing, and collaboration with interdisciplinary teams at Penn. Lab collaborators at Penn include Prof. Danielle Bassett in Bioengineering, Prof. Emily Falk in Annenberg, and Prof. Robert Schnoll at the Center for Interdisciplinary Research on Nicotine Addiction. The position allows for substantial independence and creativity in conducting new research as well.

Interested candidates should email Dr. Lydon-Staley () with the subject line “Post-doc application”, including a cover letter, CV, and contact information for 3 references.

Applications are accepted until the position is filled.

Review will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

Appointment is for one year with the possibility for renewal.

We believe that our science is better with a diverse team. We embrace and encourage our lab members’ differences in age, color, disability, ethnicity, family or marital status, gender identity or expression, language, national origin, ability, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, veteran status, and other characteristics that make our lab members who they are.