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Postdoctoral fellows

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Ph.D. students

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We are seeking Ph.D. level applicants who are interested in pursuing a research‐focused doctoral degree on the topic of childhood obesity. Candidates with a focus on children, overweight or obesity, and one or more of the following obesogenic behaviors that include sleep, physical activity, diet, screen time or sedentary behavior are invited to apply. Ph.D. students will be integrally involved in the studies conducted by the Arnold Childhood Obesity Initiative research group and the recently National Institutes of Health funded Research Center for Child Wellbeing. These include observational and intervention studies that are funded by the National Institutes of Health and are designed to understand the etiology, prevention, and treatment of childhood obesity and its associated behaviors. Candidates will have the opportunity to be part of a vibrant team of faculty, staff, and students located within the Arnold School of Public Health.

Individuals will develop the following skills as part of their doctoral degree program:

  • Proficiency in basic and complex statistical modeling
  • Process evaluation/implementation science
  • Written and verbal communication skills
  • Designing and implementing community‐based interventions
  • State‐of‐the‐art behavioral assessments
  • Grant writing
  • Ability to work effectively both independently and with a team

To apply, please send a statement of interest and CV to:

Dr. Elizabeth Adams
Email: elizabeth-adams@sc.edu
Phone: 803-777-0269

Dr. Bridget Armstrong
Email: BA12@mailbox.sc.edu
Phone: (803) 576-8418

Dr. Michael Beets
Email: beets@mailbox.sc.edu
Phone: (803) 777-3003

Dr. R. Glenn Weaver
Email: weaverrg@mailbox.sc.edu
Phone: 803‐777‐5605


Masters students

The Arnold Childhood Obesity Initiative has opportunities for Master’s students as graduate assistants and hourly workers. Candidates should demonstrate excellent written and oral communication skills and demonstrate attention to detail. Students will gain valuable research experience working on a large-scale project funded by the National Institutes of Health. Preference is given to Exercise Science master's students and fully vaccinated individuals due to research-related requirements. Students must complete the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI Program)  research certification upon hire.


Undergraduate students

Undergraduate students interested in doing research for credit hours are invited to submit an application.


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