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Requisition ID:  11708

Post Doc Research Associate

Postdoctoral Fellow, Latinx Migrant Farmworker Project, Purdue University

The Latinx Migrant Farmworker Project (LMFP) at Purdue University is an interdisciplinary project headed by Dr. Yumary Ruiz, Assistant Professor in the Department of Public Health and Dr. Zoe Taylor, Associate Professor in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies. The newly funded NIH-funded project will assess the health, adjustment and well-being of Latino youth (ages 10-15) in migrant farmworker families across four years. This research aims to advance understanding of the risk factors that are detrimental to the health and well-being of youth in migrant farmworker families, to identify resilience processes that counteract salient life stressors, and to assess the effects of mobility on adolescent outcomes.


The postdoctoral fellow will act as a project director for the Latino Migrant Farmworker Project (LMFP) in conjunction with the PIs and a project coordinator. Primary responsibilities will include assisting with project set up, recruitment and community outreach, data collection, data cleaning, retention efforts, supervision and training of staff and students, data analysis, and preparation of manuscripts. Weekend hours and evenings will sometimes be required. Minimum one-year commitment required, and residence in West Lafayette is required. The position has the potential to be renewed for multiple years pending successful first year.

Qualifications include:
  • A Ph.D. in Human Development & Family Studies/ Public Health/ Developmental Psychology/ or another related field completed by the start of the employment
  • Bilingual in English and Spanish strongly preferred
  • Strong analytical skills (including multilevel and longitudinal analyses of nested data) and experience with statistical analysis packages (e.g. MPlus, R, STATA).
  • Experience collecting and analyzing qualitative data is beneficial.
  • Excellent writing skills and experience with submitting manuscripts to academic journals
  • Ability to work well independently as well as be part of a team
  • Great organization skills and attention to detail
  • Experience working with Latino families (particularly immigrant or farmworker families) is preferred
The following is required for full consideraton:
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Combined cover letter/research statement detailing previous research experience relevant to the project, your research interests, and statistical skills
  • 2-3 representative publications that best exemplifies your scholarly work
  • Names and full contact information of three academic references familiar with your research skills and experience (reference letters are not needed at this time)


Review of applications will start immediately and continue until the position is filled. Start date is flexible, but the position is available Jan 15th (later dates will be considered).


Questions should be directed to both Dr. Yumary Ruiz (ruiz46@purdue.edu) and Dr. Zoe Taylor (zetaylor@purdue.edu).


Purdue University is an EOE/AA employer. All individuals, including minorities, women, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply. A background check will be required for employment in this position.