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The Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is currently seeking applications for a postdoctoral fellow to work on an NIH-funded clinical trial that aims to evaluate a multilevel early childhood obesity prevention initiative that addresses both the child care’s organizational-level healthy weight practices directed to children and providers’ ability to role model health-promoting behaviors.

This fellowship will provide training in conducting clinical trials, multi-level trial design, and remote delivery of lifestyle interventions. The fellowship will also allow for the development of writing and analysis skills.

Emphasis will be placed on leading original analyses and manuscripts, career development, and transition toward independent funding and an independent research career. This position offers a competitive salary, benefits, and travel and education opportunities in the rich interdisciplinary environment of the Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention.

Erik Willis, PhD, research scientist at HPDP, will direct the research program and training. Dianne Ward, EdD, FTOS, FACSM will provide additional mentorship.


  • Study and personnel management
  • Execution and management of a large-scale clinical trial
  • Intervention delivery, data collection, data analysis, and preparation of data for publication in peer-reviewed journals


  • Doctorate in nutrition, exercise science, public health, or a related field or equivalent degrees
  • Demonstration of established quantitative research skills, experience in analysis of data, excellent writing and oral communication skills, and the ability to work independently and with collaborators
  • Experience in behavioral weight loss treatment preferred

To Apply

The fellowship program is for a 2-year period at current NIH post-doctoral funding levels. The ability to work in the United States and apply for NIH postdoctoral fellowship is required. To apply for this position, visit Careers at Carolina.


The UNC Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention is one of 26 CDC Prevention Research Centers in the US. The Children’s Healthy Weight Research Group, led by Dianne Ward, EdD, FTOS, FACSM, world expert in child care research, has over 20 years experience in obesity prevention. The group has received funding for numerous R01 clinical trials focused on obesity prevention and health promotion for children and their caregivers.

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