The Department of Biobehavioral Health (BBH) in the College of Health and Human Development (HHD) at The Pennsylvania State University, in coordination with the Edna Bennett Pierce Prevention Research Center, invites applications for a tenured position in Biobehavioral Health at the Associate or Full Professor level to begin as early as Fall 2020. This position is accompanied by an Endowed Professorship in Compassion and Caring; this faculty member must have a research program relevant to the etiology and/or consequences of caring and compassion that encapsulates biological processes or mechanisms that relate to adulthood and aging. Such a research program might include examination of caregiving, compassion-based practices (e.g., mindfulness and meditation), resilience, social support, and other social-relational processes associated with compassion and caring. All applicants meeting these criteria are encouraged to apply, including those with particular interest in the period of older adulthood and/or the processes of aging. This position would bring additional scientific leadership to the department, building on the existing strength of the department's expertise in interdisciplinary research related to how biological, behavioral, psychological, sociocultural, and environmental variables interact to influence health and well-being. Departmental research examines substantive areas in which biology and behavior are inextricably interconnected (e.g., stress, psychoneuroimmunology, mental health, and sleep), issues related to chronic disease (including addiction, obesity, pain, cardiovascular disease, and cancer), as well as pertinent areas of scholarship that provide important windows into those aspects of health such as ethics, genetics and epigenetics, neuroscience, prevention science, health disparities, public health, innovative methods, and translational science. Department faculty are highly research active, transdisciplinary, and collaborative. Areas of interest germane to health that are likely to promote and enhance collaborative interdisciplinary research within the department will be viewed as a strength. We welcome applicants who use novel and integrative approaches that utilize a range of biological, psychological, and behavioral data, including (but not limited to) neuroimaging/fMRI, endocrinology/immunology, and cutting-edge statistical approaches. Applicants must demonstrate leadership of a clear program of research, a strong publication record, interest in collaboration across disciplines, commitment to mentoring students or early career researchers, and a track record of external grant funding, with excellent potential to carry forward such research and funding. Responsibilities of this position include continuing a fundable line of interdisciplinary biobehavioral health research, teaching graduate and undergraduate courses, supervising and mentoring student researchers, and providing service to the Department, College, and University. A doctorate in social and behavioral science, psychology, biology, neuroscience, sociology, public health, or a related field is required. Penn State offers a resource-rich and inspiring higher learning environment with significant opportunity to collaborate with researchers in the department, the Edna Bennett Pierce Prevention Research Center, and many other units across the University, including a growing number of researchers focused on compassion and caring. Numerous University-wide units, such as the Social Science Research Institute, Center for Healthy Aging, Huck Institutes for the Life Sciences, and the Clinical Translational Science Institute offer intellectual hubs to build interdisciplinary teams and internal funding opportunities. Other relevant resources include a Biomarker Core Lab, Social, Life, and Engineering Imaging Center, and Methodology Center. In addition to salary and a start-up package, Penn State offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, and tuition benefits. Penn State and the department of Biobehavioral Health are committed to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion. We aspire toward a fuller research and teaching portfolio that integrates diversity, equity, and inclusion in understanding science and health. To do this, we enthusiastically support both broad and specific diversity initiatives with varied strategies (including via Penn State's offices for Educational Equity and Affirmative Action and HHD's office for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion) to maximize the chance that persons with unique abilities, interests, strengths, and needs can thrive at Penn State. Applications received by December 1, 2019 will be given full consideration and applications will continue to be reviewed until the position is filled. To be considered for the position, applicants must complete an online application and upload: a cover letter (which specifically addresses the job requirements and outlines qualifications), curriculum vitae, a research statement, a teaching statement, three (3) reprints or preprints that convey research interests and expertise, a diversity statement (which should be no more than one page and which should include a discussion of how your research, teaching, and service would contribute to the development of a diverse and inclusive learning community at Penn State), and the names of four (4) professional references who will be providing letters (see below for details). Four professional references should be submitted by qualified individuals of Associate or Full Professor rank via e-mail to the search committee chair, Jennifer Graham-Engeland, at BBHCaringSearch@psu.edu. Questions about this position may be directed to the chair of the committee at the same email address.
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