Postdoctoral Fellow

Utah State University
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Utah State University (USU) invites applications for post-doctoral fellows in the Human Development and Family Studies department (HDFS). Multiple positions are available. Post-doctoral fellows will have access to multiple large data sets from diverse relationship education programs. The purpose of the postdoctoral fellowship is to prepare the fellow to assume research, Extension, faculty, and leadership positions in Relationship Education science, practice, and policy.

The fellows will play a key role in the execution of research studies of relationship education programs. See The relationship education programs include courses for individuals who are single, dating, married, divorced and remarried. Venues include high schools, jails, community agencies, etc. USU also administers and evaluates Utah's online divorce education program, which is required for divorcing parties with children. See The fellows will also help evaluate the efforts of the Utah Marriage Commission, which includes podcasts, relationship assessments, and online courses. See

Fellows will join the Relationship Education Initiative administrative team and will work with a collaborative group of faculty, staff, students, and family-life educators around the state. The primary responsibilities will be analyzing data, evaluating programmatic effectiveness, and writing/publishing manuscripts. Fellows will be expected to contribute to existing studies and take an active role in conceptualizing and conducting new studies. Additional responsibilities may include assisting with implementation of programmatic and evaluation protocols, presenting research results at conferences/meetings, and working with students and county Extension faculty.

Start dates are negotiable. The fellowships are initially funded at .75 FTE. Additional .25 FTE may be considered depending on productivity and funding. Remaining FTE may also be filled by teaching courses and/or working on other department projects, if desired. Fellowship will last for two years, with the option to extend depending on productivity and funding.


Minimum Qualifications:
Ph.D in a relevant discipline or Doctoral Candidate with graduation within 6 months of hire.
Demonstrated productivity in terms of published journal articles and scientific conference presentations
Advanced methodological skills
Ability to work without direct supervision and as a team member
Excellent written and oral English communication skills
Organized, inquisitive, hard-working, and friendly

Preferred Qualifications:
Advanced qualitative research skills
Advanced quantitative statistical skills
Experience preparing grant applications and reports
Experience implementing and researching Relationship Education programs
Ability to read and speak Spanish

Organization Summary

Utah State University is a Carnegie doctoral high research institution, and Utah's land-grant and space-grant University. Founded in 1888, USU is the oldest and largest public residential campus in Utah.

The Department of Human Development and Family Studies ( is one of 8 diverse departments and 3 distinguished centers in the College of Education and Human Sciences ( The department has 27 faculty members, over 500 undergraduate majors, and over 75 graduate students.

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Utah State University (USU) was founded in 1888 and is Utah’s land-grant and space-grant university. USU is one of only 146 research institutions in the U.S. classified as R1 “very high research activity” by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. As one of the two premier research institutions in Utah, USU provides a high-quality education at an affordable price. With its main campus in Logan, the university serves approximately 27,500 students, including 24,255 undergraduates and 3,171 graduate students. USU Online has served students from all 50 states and 55 countries for 25 years.

USU’s statewide system features three residential campuses, 30 total campus locations, and 23 Extension education centers. The university employees 903 full-time faculty members, 124 executive administrators, and 1,649 full-time support staff. USU offers 115 undergraduate majors, as well as 91 master’s and 42 doctoral degrees. Learn more about USU.

A core characteristic of USU is engagement with communities and people in economic development, improvements to quality of life, and human capital. Through the practical application of knowledge, the University and its faculty engage and share expertise with the state, nation, and world, preserving the historical land-grant tradition of partnering with communities to address critical societal issues in the interest of the public good.

The USU main campus is located in beautiful Logan, Utah, a city of about 50,000 situated in a picturesque mountain valley about 80 miles north of Salt Lake City. Outstanding recreational opportunities abound in the nearby mountains and proximate region.

USU is sensitive to the needs of dual career couples and provides a Dual Career Assistance program to support careers for partners who are also seeking employment.

USU endeavors to provide reasonable accommodations to ensure equal access in all aspects of employment to qualified persons with disabilities. To request a reasonable accommodation for a disability, please contact the university’s ADA Coordinator in the Human Resource office at 435-797-0122 or submit a request at [email protected].

Job Overview

Job Type
Full time
Salary Information
$45,000.00 at .75 FTE ($60,000 at 100% time), plus excellent University benefits

2705 Old Main Hill
Logan, UT 84322-2705
United States

Application Deadline
Open until filled. The initial review of applications will commence in November 2022 and will continue until all fellowships are filled.

If you have any questions, please contact [email protected]