Research Scientist

  • Colorado State University, Prevention Research Center
  • Fort Collins, CO, USA
  • Oct 08, 2019
Full time   Human Development/Family/Consumer Science Psychology

Job Description

POSITION: Twelve-month, Research Scientist position with the Department of Human Development and Family Studies at Colorado State University. This is a one-year position with possibility for additional years contingent on funding.


START DATE:  Flexible, with earliest start date of January 1, 2020


SPECIALTY AREA:  The department of Human Development and Family Studies at Colorado State University seeks applications for a Research Scientist to contribute to the growth of the Colorado State University Prevention Research Center. Research in HDFS and the Prevention Research Center focus on understanding and influencing the development of health and well-being across the lifespan. We are seeking an early-career colleague with a substantive focus within an area of family-, school-, or community-based prevention research. The ideal candidate’s research experience and interest will align with one or more of the Prevention Research Center’s guiding themes: 1) Healthy Lifestyles:  basic studies of risk and protection across the lifespan or intervention studies that promote healthy lifestyles (e.g., substance misuse prevention or cessation, social-emotional development; behavioral and mental health; 2) Supportive Relationships: basic or applied investigations into the processes by which supportive relationships contribute to optimal development across the lifespan; and 3)  Implementation, Dissemination and Translation: studies of the process of implementing interventions in real-world settings including intervention adaptations for diverse populations, digital and other technological innovations in intervention delivery, or organizational characteristics related to implementation quality and sustainability of innovations. The ideal individual will have strong methodological and writing skills. Experience with writing grants and securing external funding is desirable. The selected candidate will be encouraged and supported in publishing and developing an independent line of investigation. Reflecting departmental and institutional values, candidates are expected to have the ability to advance the Department's commitment to diversity and inclusion.



  • Contribute to research teams seeking extramural funding.
  • Assist with preparing manuscripts for publication.
  • Develop an active and visible program of research and scholarship.


SALARY AND BENEFITS: Salary for this 12-month appointment will be competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience. Colorado State University offers an excellent selection of benefits.

Preferred and Required Qualifications


  • An earned Ph.D. in Human Development and Family Studies or closely related field, such as Psychology, or Public Health
  • Doctorate must be completed prior to start date
  • Record of high-quality scholarly publications
  • Strong methodological and statistical skills.
  • Potential to obtain extramural funding (e.g., experience writing grants, obtaining external funding, coursework in grant writing)



  • Postdoctoral research experience
  • Experience with school and/or community-based intervention trials

Application Details

The following application materials should be submitted electronically at

  • A cover letter
  • An up-to-date curriculum vitae
  • A statement of research interests/experiences addressing the required and preferred qualifications and responsibilities;
  • Three letters of reference; and
  • Three recent, (p)reprints of peer-reviewed publications.


For full consideration, a complete application must be received electronically by November 15, 2019. However, applications will be accepted until the position is filled. 


Inquiries regarding the position or the application process can be directed to Nathaniel Riggs, Ph.D., Chair, Search Committee, or 970-491-2684.


The Department of Human Development and Family Studies is one of eight academic units in the College of Health & Human Sciences. Colorado State University is Colorado’s Land Grant institution and holds the Doctoral/Research University–Extensive classification from the Carnegie Commission on Higher Education.


Resources for research include the Center for Family and Couples Therapy, the Center for Aging, and CSU Extension. Access to other campus schools, centers and institutes, such as the Colorado School of Public Health at CSU or the Tri-Ethnic Center in the Department of Psychology, will be facilitated based on interest.


General information about Colorado State University can be found at  Information about the Department of Human Development and Family Studies can be found at Information about the Prevention Research Center can be found at


Colorado State University is located in Fort Collins, an hour’s drive north of Denver. On the front range of the Rocky Mountains, Fort Collins has excellent schools, outstanding recreational opportunities, and a sunny climate. With a population of approximately 150,000, the city has been listed by several national publications as one of the best places to live in the United States.


Colorado State University is committed to providing an environment that is free from discrimination and harassment based on race, age, creed, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or pregnancy. Colorado State University is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce and complies with all Federal and Colorado State laws, regulations, and executive orders regarding non-discrimination and affirmative action. The Office of Equal Opportunity is located in 101 Student Services.


Colorado State University is committed to providing a safe and productive learning and living community. To achieve that goal, we conduct background investigations for all final candidates being considered for employment. Background checks may include, but are not limited to, criminal history, national sex offender search, and motor vehicle history.


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