Cornell University, Department of Communication

Position ID:Cornell-Department of Communication-HEALTHCOMMEXTENSION [#13751, WDR-00019075]
Position Title: Research Associate
Position Type:Other
Position Location:Ithaca, New York 14853, United States [map]
Subject Area: Communications / science communication
Appl Deadline:2019/05/24 11:59PMhelp popup** finished (2019/05/20, finished 2019/06/13, listed until 2019/05/24)
Position Description:    

*** this position has been closed, and no new applications is accepted. ***

Research Associate

Health and Science Communication

Department of Communication

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS)

Cornell University

Ithaca, New York


2-year appointment to begin July 1, 2019

 We seek a highly qualified Research Associate to conduct large-scale lab and field experiments examining effects of tobacco warning-label messages on adult smokers, and to lead the development of and to direct the Tompkins County ScienceHub program in partnership with Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County (CCETC).

 Position Description

The Research Associate is a full-time academic position for 12 months appointed in Cornell’s Department of Communication. The position involves 50% responsibilities related to tobacco warning labels research and 50% responsibilities related to the Tompkins County ScienceHub program. The Research Associate will perform research involving eye-tracking and self-report data in the field with populations of interest and oversee the day-to-day operation of the Media Health Lab in the Department of Communication and the Mobile Media Health Lab vehicle, providing guidance and mentorship to undergraduate and graduate students. The Research Associate will be responsible for ScienceHub’s program development, implementation, and evaluation; management; applied research; professional development; and organizational leadership.

 Required Qualifications

  • Ph. D. in Communication or closely related field, with a strong background in grant management, field research, and familiarity with legal issues surrounding tobacco warning labels
  • Expertise applying a variety of research methods to the study of cigarette warning labels
  • Extensive grant management experience
  • Demonstrated ability to carry out independent research and a record of communicating research results via publications and presentations
  • Experience with University R1 Institutional Review Boards
  • Willingness to mentor post-docs, grad students, and undergraduate researchers
  • Ability to travel to locations for data collection several times a year within 8 hours of Ithaca
  • Ability and willingness to drive a (small RV style) mobile lab
  • Possession and maintenance of a valid and unrestricted NYS driver’s license
  • Demonstrated ability to both lead and work as part of diverse and multidisciplinary teams
  • Experience in program development and evaluation
  • Demonstrated commitment to formal and informal education and the mission of the Land Grant University system

 Preferred Qualifications

  • Minimum of three years overseeing and/or conducting training to relevant audiences, teaching related college-level courses, and/or conducting research in the thematic content area
  • Strong network of contacts in the Tompkins County area to generate new partnerships
  • Experience collecting data in the field with eye-tracking technology is preferred, but training will be provided
  • Training in equity, diversity, and inclusion in STEM programming preferred

 Interested applicants should submit the following by May 24, 2019: (1) curriculum vitae, (2) letter of interest, including a brief description of how this position relates to their career plans, (3) statement of contribution to diversity, equity, and inclusion, and (4) names and contact information of three references to

 The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) is a pioneer of purpose-driven science and Cornell University’s second largest college. We work across disciplines to tackle the challenges of our time through world-renowned research, education and outreach. The questions we probe and the answers we seek focus on three overlapping concerns: natural and human systems; food, energy and environmental resources; and social, physical and economic well-being.

 The Department of Communication is a national leader in the study of communication as a social science, ranked among the top five in a recent poll by the National Research Council. Our faculty and students are dedicated to understanding the role and enhancing the effectiveness of communication processes, systems, and infrastructure in society. We explore communication in its many forms and contexts as a fundamentally social phenomenon. Our faculty members are recognized for developing and applying novel theoretical perspectives to the most pressing social and policy issues of the day.

 Diversity and Inclusion are a part of Cornell University’s heritage. We are a recognized employer and educator valuing AA/EEO, Protected Veterans, and Individuals with Disabilities.

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Cornell University
Ithaca, NY 14853

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