Postdoctoral Research Associate at UVA

The Center for Addiction and Prevention Research (CAPR) at the University of Virginia (UVA) Medical School seeks multiple postdoctoral researchers for the 2018-2019 academic year to join our clinical, translational research team. We create research collaborations with leading health research professionals and organizations to develop interventions that prevent or reduce the health burden for underserved populations, and provide education and experiential training in community research for young professionals. If you are a successful candidate, you will have the opportunity to work with and learn from world-renowned researchers in health promotion and disease prevention.

We are based in the Department of Public Health Sciences in the UVA School of Medicine. CAPR Co-Directors Dr. Wayne Talcott and Dr. Robert Klesges collaborate to create innovative and effective interventions for tobacco control and alcohol misuse, obesity, and cancer prevention and control. In addition to a twenty-five-year relationship with the United States Air Force, we have collaborated with civilian cancer centers, youth organizations, and health and community centers across the country to work with diverse, at-risk populations.

Positions are reappointed annually up to three years, and continuation is based upon progress and success the previous year. It is important to note that while there are clinical aspects to our work as it relates to population health interventions, all of the positions are research-centered and focused on providing the candidate with the skills to be competitive for NIH/DoD/CDC funding, as well as publishing multiple research manuscripts.

The Opportunities

  1. Charlottesville-Based Postdoctoral Research Associate (Primarily Civilian focused). Based in Charlottesville, the Associate will work primarily with Dr. Robert Klesges and his team on NIH-funded and other projects. The successful applicant will focus on learning how to prepare and be competitive grant proposals and on tailoring existing and developing new interventions in tobacco cessation, alcohol abuse, and health promotion. In addition, the candidate will be able to utilize existing data sets from previous research with both civilian and military populations and have the opportunity to publish extensively from these data sets. The Associate will be part of transdisciplinary collaborations with researchers from all of the University’s schools, and be mentored to be able to pursue his/her own research career. Nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains, Charlottesville and Albemarle County offer a vibrant community, rich history, and high quality of life. More than 300 postdoctoral fellows from a wide variety of disciplines call UVA home, serving as a key part of the academic life and success of the University in training, research, and service.
  2. San-Antonio-Based Postdoctoral Research Associate (Primarily Military focused). Working in San Antonio with Dr. Wayne Talcott, Dr. Melissa Little, and their experienced clinical research team, the successful candidate will be part of several ongoing studies funded by both the National Institutes of Health and the Department of Defense. The Fellow will have the opportunity to use data from current and completed research projects to explore new research questions, become involved in the development of new grants and interventions, and experience relationship building with military chain of command in order to conduct successful, mutually beneficial interventions within the United States Air Force. The successful candidate will also learn grantsmanship and publish manuscripts in collaboration with the San Antonio UVA faculty and through long distance mentorship via Dr. Klesges and the Charlottesville CAPR faculty. San Antonio is known as “Military City USA”, and is home to all Basic Military Training and a large part of Technical Training for the US Air Force, as well as the largest military hospital and clinic outside of Washington DC. Our research team typically sees between 25,000 and 35,000 new Airmen annually, offering the Postdoctoral Research Associate unprecedented access to military personnel. The research offices are located inside Lackland Air Force Base, which allows our research team to interact with the population we study on a daily basis, providing a unique perspective for successful community-based research.
  3. Combined-Track Postdoctoral Research Associate. With these positions, the Associate will spend his/her first year in San Antonio, collaborating with the CAPR team engaged in health behavior change, health promotion, and disease prevention research. During this year, the Postdoctoral Research Associate will learn the intricacies of working with this specialized, understudied population, relationship building with military partners, and build on previous research to develop new programs. In the second (and potentially 3rd) year, the Postdoctoral Research Associate be will based in Charlottesville, working on grantsmanship, publishing, and other fundamentals of health promotion and disease prevention, as well as supporting our civilian and military projects. In the third and final year, the successful candidate will primarily be mentored in grantsmanship and publishing from new and existing data sets. Our goal is for the Research Associate to develop a comprehensive understanding of community population health research from grant writing, intervention development and dissemination, and publishing. We want to help develop young professionals interested in population health behavior change.

Qualifications

  1. PhD, DrPH, or MD with education in behavioral sciences, nutrition, exercise science, public health, psychology, sociology or a related field.
  2. Have a strong interest and experience in community-based research, including working with at-risk and diverse communities, including the United States Air Force, cancer survivors, university students, the medically underserved, and rural populations that have little access to health promotion activities (e.g., Appalachia).
  3. Expertise and training in health promotion.
  4. Interest in translational science and working with a multidisciplinary team of scientists.
  5. Outstanding written and oral communication skills, including record of peer-review publications and scholarly presentations.
  6. Strong work habits and the ability to work independently and with diverse groups.
  7. Strong track record in cooperative work.
  8. Creative, independent, and highly motivated, with the ability to interact professionally in both research and community environments.
  9. Strong data management and statistical analytic skills.
  10. Experience in conducting tobacco, alcohol abuse, obesity, and opioid interventions is preferable, as is experience working on federally funded research trials.

The postdoctoral stipend is highly competitive and comes with medical, dental, and other benefits. In addition to the competitive, salaried stipend, candidates will be provided with up to $20,000 a year to support independent research, membership in professional societies, conference travel, publication fees, and other expenses. UVA has an extensive grantsmanship and research support network that the Postdoctoral Research Associate will have full access to, and reimbursement for work-related travel is included in the funding portfolio. Applications should be submitted to Jennifer Halbert, jph2j@virginia.edu. Please indicate which opportunity you are applying for consideration. Applications will be reviewed beginning February 15th, 2018, but will be considered on an ongoing basis. Questions regarding programmatic research or mentorship opportunities can contact UVA Medical School professors Dr. Robert Klesges at rck2n@virginia.edu or Dr. Wayne Talcott at gwt3a@virginia.edu.

Application packet should include:

  1. Applicant information form.
  2. Your current CV.
  3. Statement of Interest. In 1500 to 2500 words, please explain your interest in this position, including career objectives, relevant experience, and what you hope to both gain from and contribute to working with CAPR. Please also indicate which of the three opportunities you prefer.
  4. Two writing samples or manuscripts of which you are the sole or primary author.
  5. Three letters of reference. Applicant should submit list of references, and request that each reference email their letter to Jennifer Halbert (jph2j@virginia.edu) directly.

Applicants should send their information directly to Ms. Halbert.

Call 434-924-1936 or email jph2j@virginia.edu for more information.

UVA is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. Women, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities encouraged to apply.

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Lab Manager Position at UNC Chapel Hill

The Developmental Social Neuroscience Lab at UNC Chapel Hill, directed by Dr. Eva Telzer, is seeking to hire a lab manager. Our lab examines how social contexts, such as the family and peers, influence adolescent decision making. We use diverse methodological tools, including daily experience sampling, diurnal cortisol, and fMRI.

Responsibilities for the current position include, but are not limited to, overseeing all administrative aspects of the lab, including IRB preparation and submission, oversight of all human subjects-related research, managing the budget, assisting with grant applications and progress reports, training and overseeing undergraduate research assistants, managing all personnel in the lab, and overseeing research activities in the lab including protocol development, participant retention, data collection, and data management. The lab manager must be able to effectively collect fMRI data from child and adolescent participants, which includes consenting/assenting families, putting children in the scanner, and applying basic standardized quality control. This individual is responsible for overseeing projects and independently conducting research with minimal oversight and is expected to take the initiative to improve study protocols and adapt procedures to suit lab objectives. The position will have a start date around June 2018.

The ideal applicant will have a B.S. or B.A. and have a background in psychology, neuroscience, or a related field. This position is ideal for a recent college graduate interested in pursuing a PhD in a related field as well as professionals looking to work on cutting edge research with adolescent populations.

Applicant should submit a cover letter, CV, and list of references who may be asked to provide letters of recommendation. Please submit these materials at http://unc.peopleadmin.com/postings/133824.

For more information about our research, see http://dsnlab.web.unc.edu/

Other exceptional resources available to the lab manager:

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, race, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or status as a protected veteran.

Research Assistant position: Boston Children’s Hospital/pediatric MRI

The Gaab Lab in collaboration with the Fetal-Neonatal Neuroimaging and Developmental Science Center at Boston Children’s Hospital is looking for a Research Assistant to assist with all study phases of a NICHD funded longitudinal project which assesses functional and structural brain development from infancy to early elementary school age. This includes subject recruitment for pediatric research studies which will include close interaction with nurseries, child care centers and elementary schools in the Boston area, scheduling of pediatric research subjects, database maintenance, implementation and maintenance of analysis software; pediatric testing (including MRI/fMRI scanning of young children and infants) and data analyses (psychometrics, psychophysics and structural/functional magnetic imaging), stimuli design and administrative work (e.g., preparation of internal review board proposals). These positions are ideal for anyone considering future graduate study in cognitive (developmental) neuroscience, developmental psychology, computer science, cognitive science or neuroscience. Bachelor’s Degree in computer science, psychology, cognitive science, neuroscience, math, or related field required. Comfort with a heterogeneous computing environment (Linux/Unix, Mac, and Windows) as well as some programming experience preferred; knowledge of psychological experiment software (E Prime, Presentation, etc.) and/or fMRI analyses software helpful. Prior experience with infants and children would be very helpful. Demonstrable pre-existing interest in developmental psychology/ cognitive neuroscience desired; knowledge of neuroanatomy, statistics or machine learning helpful. Must be self-motivated and able to work in a fast-paced, changing environment and must like working with infants, children and families. Start date September or October 2018. Please first apply to Nadine.gaab@childrens.harvard.edu with a cover letter and CV.

Child and Family Associates of Greater Washington Post Doc Opportunity

Position Description: Postdoctoral Fellowship in Child & Family Psychology

Child & Family Associates of Greater Washington, LLC is seeking 2 full-time postdocs to join our dynamic team in Falls Church and Reston, Virginia. These are supervised, 12-month positions that have the potential to become long-term positions at the practice. Starting date of the position is May 14, 2018; however, this date may be negotiable depending on the circumstances. A competitive salary is offered which will be commensurate with qualifications and experience, and relocation stipend may be available. Moreover, a stipend to assist with EPPP study materials may be earned based on productivity. Whereas there will be flexible work hours, evening hours and Saturdays are required.

This postdoc experience will provide individual, family, and group Integrative/Cognitive Behavioral-psychotherapy working with children, teens and adults. Training opportunities include outreach and consultation to area schools, and will offer significant experience working with ADHD, Disruptive Behavior Disorders, Anxiety, and Depression. Additionally, training in psychological evaluation and assessment will be offered. Postdoctoral fellows will receive weekly individual supervision by experienced CFA licensed clinical psychologists.

About CFA:

Child & Family Associates of Greater Washington, LLC (CFA) is a thriving, innovative, and collaborative fee-for-service group practice located in Falls Church, VA and opening an office in Reston, Virginia. CFA clinicians offer a range of services, including child, adolescent, and adult individual, family, and group psychotherapy; psychological and psychoeducational testing; parenting skills training; and school intervention services.

We truly work as a collaborative team at CFA: we meet weekly to share resources and ideas, and have rewarding and meaningful connections with our referral sources and others in the community. Most importantly, we enjoy working with each other and value the ‘professional family’ that we’ve developed. Many of our clients comment on the feel of CFA as a warm, inviting practice.

Minimum Qualifications:

Applicants must have completed all requirements for their doctoral degree in clinical or counseling psychology from a regionally accredited university and an APPIC–accredited pre-doctoral internship. Applicants must be eligible to sit for licensure as a clinical psychologist in the state of Virginia by the end of postdoctoral training.

Desired Qualifications:

CFA is seeking highly skilled, direct, and caring mental health clinicians (PhD, PsyD, EDD) to join our team in Falls Church and Reston, Virginia. We are looking for candidates who are skill-building and strengths-based, and who also value teamwork and establishing a rewarding connection with clients. He or she must also demonstrate excellent interpersonal communication skills as well as strong planning and organizational skills, and an intention to grow with the practice beyond their postdoc year. Clinicians who completed an APA-Accredited internship; have couples and family therapy experience; demonstrated psychological evaluation skills; interest and experience in working with young children, and Cognitive Behavioral/Integrative therapy skills are highly preferred.

Please ask any interested candidates to email a 1) a letter of interest indicating interest in working with children, teens and families, and providing an example of where the candidate went “the extra mile” for a client and/or an employer; and 2) a Curriculum Vitae to Mr. Garrett Claybrooks, at admin@cfa-gw.com. For more information, please visit: www.CFA-GW.com

Director of Research at Georgia College

Founded in 2017 as a statewide Center located on the Georgia College campus, the Sandra Dunagan Deal Center for Early Language and Literacy promotes research-based practices for children from birth to age eight, as well as their families, communities, and teachers in childcare centers, pre-schools, and K-3 classrooms. The Center partners with universities, technical college early childhood education programs, alternative educator preparation programs and other public and private stakeholders to engage the community-at-large in the important goal of improving Georgia’s literacy rate as measured by the end of third grade.

The goals of the Sandra Dunagan Deal Center for Early Language and Literacy (SDDCELL) are:

  • Improve the third-grade literacy rates of children throughout the state of Georgia.
  • Provide early learning centers, pre-schools, K-3rd grade, colleges, and universities with an effective professional development model to increase literacy rates.
  • Seek external funding in support of the Center’s mission.

The Director of Research will lead the Center’s research and evaluation team. Reporting to the Executive Director, the Director of Research will oversee evaluation and research as it relates to SDDCELL’s programs. The Center is charged with conducting ongoing research and evaluation in Georgia to identify and promote effective practices to increase early language and literacy and reading on grade level by the end of third grade. With a focus on interdisciplinary collaboration, the Director of Research will design and implement research and evaluation studies; will manage contracts with external researchers engaged to provide research background, case studies, or evaluation for models in development or implementation; and will eventually supervise 3-5 other research professionals. The Director of Research will collaborate with SDDCELL colleagues, university faculty, state agency administrators, school system administrators, and non-profits to plan and conduct research studies. The Director of Research will seek external funding for the Center’s research activities.

The Director of Research must have the ability to set a vision and research agenda for the Center, a passion to conduct sound research and analyze data, ability to apply a systematic approach to continuous improvement, the capacity to write compelling reports, and an ongoing enthusiasm for and commitment to the Center’s mission of improving the language and skills of Georgia’s children.

Doctoral degree in literacy, early language, or another closely related field with demonstrated skill, experience, and expertise in research practices and methodologies in early childhood language and literacy development and a minimum of 6 years of related experience are required. A faculty status/rank appointment at Georgia College & State University is an option depending on qualifications and experience.

To learn more about this opportunity and to submit an application please visit: https://www.gcsujobs.com/postings/5379

Georgia College is committed to the fundamental principle of equal opportunity and equal treatment for every prospective and current employee and strives to create a campus environment which understands, fosters, and embraces the value of diversity. No person shall, on the ground of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, religion, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, or genetic information, be excluded from employment or participation in, be denied the benefits of, or otherwise be subjected to discrimination, under any program or activity conducted by Georgia College.

Lab Manager/Technical Associate at MIT

Job Description:
TECHNICAL ASSOCIATE I/LAB COORDINATOR, Brain and Cognitive Sciences (BCS), to join the Early Childhood Cognition Lab under the direction of Dr. Laura Schulz. The lab investigates the origins of children’s early commonsense understanding of the world. It is broadly interested in factors that affect children’s curiosity, exploration, and learning. Will be responsible for testing toddlers and preschool children on research protocols; involving parents and children in research; managing and maintaining materials for participant recruitment, including consent forms, human subject material, etc.; supporting the lab’s relationship with the broader community, particularly its partners at the Boston Children’s Museum; and supporting faculty, graduate students, and postdocs in research, including training and supervising undergraduate research assistants, coding data, maintaining video files and databases, maintaining the lab webpage, and assisting with grant submissions.

Job Requirements:
REQUIRED: at least one year of experience; demonstrated interest in behavioral or developmental research; experience working with young children, parents, and the community, preferably in a research setting; administrative and managerial experience; basic computer skills; organizational skills; initiative and ability to work independently; flexibility; and excellent communication skills. A bachelor’s degree in psychology, cognitive science, linguistics, or related field and experience with database management and web design are preferred.

To be considered for this position, your application material must include a cover letter, CV/resume, and contact information for two to three references (names, positions, emails). The contact information may be included as part of the cover letter. Please send to karyrich@mit.edu

The position will start in Summer 2018. Please also use the MIT system to apply: https://careers.peopleclick.com/careerscp/client_mit/external/jobDetails/jobDetail.html?jobPostId=11789&localeCode=en-us

NSF-REU Site: Comparative and Developmental Origins of Social Cognition at Yale

NSF-REU Site: Comparative and Developmental Origins of Social Cognition at Yale
Dates: June 4- August 10, 2018

The Canine Cognition Center and Social Cognitive Development Lab are seeking applicants for a summer 2018 NSF-REU program. The REU program is supported by an award from the U.S. National Science Foundation (Award #1659085) to Yale University as part of the Research Experiences for Undergraduates Program. The broad goal of the Comparative and Developmental Origins of Social Cognition REU Site is to provide students from under-represented backgrounds with joint training in developmental and comparative psychology research. Students will gain experience investigating the origins of human social cognition from two different but related perspectives: developmental studies testing human children’s social understanding and comparative studies examining social cognition in domesticated dogs. The REU is coordinated by Psychology professors Dr. Laurie Santos and Dr. Yarrow Dunham.

REU students will have a rare opportunity to participate in all aspects of the research process: research design, subject recruitment, stimulus generation, data collection, data entry, coding, and statistical analysis. In addition, students will have the opportunity to interact as colleagues: participating in weekly lab meetings, reading current literature, contributing to theoretical discussions regarding the comparative and developmental origins of social cognition, and attending a professional development series focusing on topics such as applying to graduate school, getting the most out of your undergraduate career, etc. Students will meet weekly with a graduate student mentor, and the PI and co-PI will attend bi-monthly social events. The REU Fellowship includes a $500/week stipend and can cover limited travel costs.

To be eligible for the Yale REU program, applicants must:

  • be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • be a full-time student (and be returning to school in the fall)
  • have experience or be comfortable working around dogs
  • commit to the full 40 hr/ week 9-week internship, which will include at least some weekends

Women and members of underrepresented groups are especially encouraged to apply. NSF defines underrepresented groups as Alaska Natives, Native Americans, Blacks or African Americans, Hispanics, Native Hawaiians, and other Pacific Islanders, and Persons with Disabilities. Applicants who are first generation college-going (neither of their parents graduated from college) and/or geographically isolated (separated by geographic barriers or distance) are also of special interest.

For more information and for our application, visit https://doglab.yale.edu/NSF-REU. For any specific questions, feel free to email canine.cognition@yale.edu.