Arnold Childhood Obesity Initiative at the University of South Carolina
September 5, 2023
Columbia, South Carolina
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Sarah Burkart


We are seeking PhD level applicants who are interested in pursuing a research‐focused doctoral degree on the topic of childhood sleep promotion and obesity prevention.  PhD 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 (sleep, physical activity, screen time, diet). For this position, PhD students will primarily work on a pilot school- and home-based sleep promotion program for young children around the time of school entry.

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. The PhD position is fully funded and includes health insurance and a stipend that is commensurate with the NIH rate.

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 (over the last 4 years, 66% of our PhD students received F31 funding)
  • Ability to work effectively both independently and with a team


To apply, please send a statement of interest and CV to Sarah Burkart, PhD (

More information about the research team can be found here.

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