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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- PhD, DrPH, or MD with education in behavioral sciences, nutrition, exercise science, public health, psychology, sociology or a related field.
- 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).
- Expertise and training in health promotion.
- Interest in translational science and working with a multidisciplinary team of scientists.
- Outstanding written and oral communication skills, including record of peer-review publications and scholarly presentations.
- Strong work habits and the ability to work independently and with diverse groups.
- Strong track record in cooperative work.
- Creative, independent, and highly motivated, with the ability to interact professionally in both research and community environments.
- Strong data management and statistical analytic skills.
- 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, email@example.com. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or Dr. Wayne Talcott at email@example.com.
Application packet should include:
- Applicant information form.
- Your current CV.
- 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.
- Two writing samples or manuscripts of which you are the sole or primary author.
- Three letters of reference. Applicant should submit list of references, and request that each reference email their letter to Jennifer Halbert (firstname.lastname@example.org) directly.
Applicants should send their information directly to Ms. Halbert.
Call 434-924-1936 or email email@example.com for more information.
UVA is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. Women, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities encouraged to apply.