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Postdoctoral Fellowship in Driver Safety Research

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A Brief Overview
Will, under the direction/guidance of a mentor (principal investigator), assume responsibility for a specific, on-going research project. The postdoc experience will serve to extend, refine and enhance skills necessary for professional and career development, and will enable the individual to broaden his/her scientific background by acquiring new research capabilities. It is expected that this individual will conduct independent scholarly research, and will contribute directly to the overall research goals of the project and the research group. Postdocs will be expected to participate in project planning, recording and interpretation/evaluation of data, and communication of results. Postdocs will also be expected to acquire technical, lab management, and manuscript/grant writing skills; and participate in seminars, lectures, poster sessions and presentations at national meetings. Postdoctoral fellows also may be required to supervise junior lab members, develop new methods and protocols for research, and assist with the development of other research projects in the lab.
We are seeking a postdoctoral fellow with experience and expertise in analyzing large datasets and health record data, with an interest in further training in public health and health policy research. The fellow will join the Neuroscience of Driving (NoD) Lab at the Center for Injury Research and Prevention, a Center of Emphasis at CHOP, in collaboration with Annenberg Public Policy Center at the University of Pennsylvania. This fellow will be fully integrated into an exciting multidisciplinary team of experts in pediatrics, psychology, urban planning, cognitive neuroscience, data science, epidemiology, statistics, adolescent risk, and developmental psychology. This team conducts cutting-edge research focused on reducing the leading cause of injury in adolescents: motor vehicle crashes. At a policy level, the fellow will be intimately involved in and lead translational/applied research that directly informs changes in young driver policies and adolescent preventative care. At a foundational science level, the fellow will have the opportunity to advance the science of young driver crash risk.
1.  Flaura Koplin Winston, MD PhD, Distinguished Chair in the Department of Pediatrics, University of Pennsylvania; Director of the Center for Injury Research and Prevention at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP); member, National Academy of Medicine
2.  Dan Romer, PhD, Research Director of the Annenberg Public Policy Center, University of Pennsylvania
This fellowship will be centered around the novel implementation of a unique virtual driving assessment (VDA) across the CHOP primary care network as part of adolescent care. A validated tool that provides personalized feedback on driving skill performance, the VDA is already part of the workflow in ten pediatric practices and has been administered to over 1,500 adolescent patients whose performance data has been linked to their electronic health record. In addition to the VDA-clinical database, the postdoctoral fellow will have the opportunity to analyze an existing large dataset of Ohio state licensing, crash, and driving performance data for over 30,000 drivers, uniquely available to the NoD team. The fellow will gain exposure to primary data collection in a clinic setting and multiple novel data types (e.g., eye tracking and driving metrics), multi-dimensional large longitudinal datasets, and analysis of electronic health data.
We welcome applicants from a variety of backgrounds including (but not limited to): health policy, biostatistics, psychology, data science, epidemiology. The fellow will work with the PIs on multiple projects that have clinical and public health policy implications, as well as design their own studies. It is expected that the fellow will apply for additional funding during the fellowship. The Center and PIs have a strong track record of mentoring junior investigators and fostering academic professional development. The length of the fellowship will last a minimum of one year and may be renewed for up to a total of 3 years, contingent upon available funding.

What you will do
  • Conduct independent scholarly research and develop new methods and protocols
  • Participate in project planning, recording and evaluation of data
  • Acquire technical, lab management and grant writing skills
  • Participate in seminars, lectures, poster sessions and presentation at national meetings
  • Supervise junior lab members
  • Assist with other research projects
Education Qualifications
  • Doctorate Required