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Training and Employment Announcements

In every issue, Division 28 provides listings of numerous employment and training opportunities in your area of interests

Instructor/Assistant Professor
Behavioral Pharmacology, Alcohol and Drug Abuse Research Center-Behavioral Science Laboratory, Harvard Medical School, Mclean Hospital

Applications are invited for a junior faculty research position (tenure-track) at the Harvard Medical School in the Behavioral Science Laboratory at the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Research Center, McLean Hospital. This is an excellent opportunity for a well-trained, productive, behavioral or biological scientist (PhD or MD/PhD) to join an ongoing Behavioral Science Research program and to develop independent research projects supported by extramural funding. The scientist would participate in an ongoing research program to evaluate new pharmacotherapies for the treatment of cocaine abuse and to examine sex/gender factors in drug abuse. The Alcohol and Drug Abuse Research Center at McLean Hospital is an interdisciplinary basic and clinical research program concerned with evaluating the safety and effectiveness of new pharmacotherapies for drug abuse and sex/gender differences in substance abuse. Research at the Center currently emphasizes the behavioral pharmacology of substance abuse, the neuroendocrine concomitants of cocaine and nicotine abuse, and the effects of drugs on the brain as assessed by functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI). The McLean Hospital is an affiliate of the Harvard Medical School and the Massachusetts General Hospital, located in Belmont, a suburb of Boston, MA. 

To apply: Please send a curriculum vita, reprints of five recent papers, a brief statement about your research training, interests and career goals, and the names of three references (including complete mailing and e-mail addresses and telephone numbers) to:

Nancy K. Mello, PhD , Professor of Psychology (Neuroscience) and Co-Director, Alcohol and Drug Abuse Research Center
McLean Hospital
115 Mill Street
Belmont, MA 02478

McLean Hospital is an equal opportunity/Affirmative Action/ADA Employer, and a member of the Partners Health Care System.

Postdoctoral Position in Pre-clinical and Clinical Brain Imaging of Drug Abuse
Psychiatry Spect Imaging Program, Yale

The Psychiatry SPECT Imaging Program at Yale invites applications for postdoctoral positions in neuroreceptor imaging of addiction and other psychiatric disorders in human subjects and in animal models. Ongoing projects include imaging the nicotinic acetylcholine and GABAA-benzodiazepine receptors in living humans and animals during the recovery from alcohol dependence and chronic tobacco smoking. We are also interested in examining the genetic polymorphisms that mediate neurochemical changes in addiction and the cognitive impairments associated with chronic addiction and recovery. Additional studies include preclinical radiotracer development and opportunities to acquire training in MRI and PET imaging. Applicants must have completed a MD or PhD or equivalent degree in neuroscience, psychology, biology, chemistry, pharmacology or related discipline. Willingness to conduct animal research is preferable.

To apply: Applicants should send a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, and the names of three references to:

Dr. Kelly Cosgrove, Director, Psychiatry SPECT Imaging, Department of Psychiatry
Yale University School of Medicine & VACHS 116A6
950 Campbell Avenue
West Haven CT 06516 

US Citizenship is required. Yale University School of Medicine is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.


Postdoctoral Position in Drug Abuse Research
University of Vermont

The University of Vermont announces the availability of a postdoctoral research fellowship position in an internationally recognized center of excellence for the study of drug abuse. Fellows have opportunities for training in a wide range of treatment-outcome and human laboratory research.

Current openings are with Stacey Sigmon at (802) 656-9987 and Stephen T. Higgins at (802) 656-9614 on lab studies related to psychomotor stimulants and clinical trials related to behavioral treatments for cocaine dependence and cigarette smoking. Applicants must have completed doctoral training in psychology, behavior analysis, or a related discipline and be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Salary is competitive commensurate with experience (PGY 1 to PGY 7) and supported by an NIDA/NIH Institutional Training Award. For more details on the position please contact the investigators directly at the email addresses and telephone numbers shown.

To apply: Please forward a curriculum vitae, statement of research interests, and three letters of reference in c/o:

Ms. Diana Cain, University of Vermont, Dept. of Psychiatry
UHC Campus, Rm. 3101C Old Hall, MS#482
Burlington, VT 05401

Postdoctoral Research Fellowships in Substance Abuse and Psychopharmacology Human Research Training
Johns Hopkins University

Postdoctoral research fellowships available in a stimulating, productive program with excellent resources. Prepare to be an independent investigator.

Human Laboratory – behavioral & clinical pharmacology of abused drugs (abuse liability, self-administration, cognitive/memory function, neuroimaging); anti-drug abuse medication development. Opioids, cocaine, anxiolytics, alcohol, caffeine, nicotine, hallucinogens, MDMA, club drugs.

Clinical Trials – testing medications, behavioral therapies (especially incentive/contingency-based), and combinations; psychiatric comorbidity research; addiction & pregnancy/women. Opioid, cocaine, tobacco, mixed/other dependencies. Eligibility: U.S. citizen, permanent resident. Many backgrounds are appropriate – from clinical /counseling to experimental/neuroscience.

NIH stipend levels: $37K - 51K+

Start Date: Flexible

Faculty: George Bigelow, Roland Griffiths, Maxine Stitzer, Eric Strain, Kenneth Silverman, Robert Brooner, Miriam Mintzer, Una McCann, Ryan Vandrey, Matthew Johnson, Anthony DeFulio

To apply:

Contact George Bigelow; BPRU, Behavioral Biology Research Center
5510 Nathan Shock Drive
Johns Hopkins Bayview Campus
Baltimore, Maryland 21224-6823
Telephone: (410) 550-0035;
Additional information

Postdoctoral Fellowship in Translational Studies of Tobacco Addiction
National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)

The Intramural Research Program (IRP), National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), has a postdoctoral position available now in the area of human nicotine psychopharmacology. Current studies are focused on 1) validating and testing novel medications in a human laboratory model of tobacco addiction and 2) effects of nicotine on attention and cognition. The successful candidate must possess a doctoral degree. A background in cognitive or experimental psychology or behavioral pharmacology is highly desirable. Candidates must be U.S. citizens or Permanent Residents. Salary range is $44,000 to $53,400 depending on experience.

To apply: Interested candidates must submit a CV, statement of research interests, and 3 letters of recommendation to:

Stephen J. Heishman, PhD
NIDA IRP, 251 Bayview Blvd, Suite 200
Baltimore, MD 21224
Telephone: (443) 740-2458

NIH is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages applications from women and minorities

Postdoctoral Scholars in Department of Psychiatry
University of California, San Fransisco

One- to two-year NIH/NIDA-funded positions as postdoctoral scholars in drug abuse treatment and services research are available in a multidisciplinary research environment in the Department of Psychiatry, University of California, San Francisco. Scholars work with a preceptor to design and implement studies on the treatment of drug dependence, and select a specific area of focus for independent research. Director Dr. James Sorensen and Co-Directors Drs. Steven Batki, Kevin Delucchi, Joseph Guydish, Sharon Hall, Carmen Masson, and Constance Weisner are all involved with either the NIDA Clinical Trials Network (CTN) or Treatment Research Center (TRC). Training of psychiatrists, women, and minorities for academic research careers is a priority.

To apply: Send CV, research statement, samples of work, and two (2) letters of recommendation to:

Barbara Paschke
2727 Mariposa Street, Suite 100
San Francisco, CA 94110
Telephone: (415) 437-3032

Additional information including faculty research interests is available at: http://ucsftrc.autoupdate.com/post_doctoral_program.vp.html

Assistant Professor Addiction Treatment Research 
Department of Psychiatry, Dartmouth Medical School

The Dartmouth Psychiatric Research Center invites applications for one non-tenure-track position at the Assistant Professor level. Applicant should have: interest in substance use disorder treatment development and testing, services research in community settings and/or implementation/dissemination science research and some clinical expertise, as well as documented knowledge of standardized assessment, research design and conduct, and data analytic techniques. Qualifications include: A doctoral degree in a relevant psychological, medical, social or public health discipline; background in clinical research; a commitment to improving community services or the public health; and capacity to work effectively on a team. The Dartmouth Psychiatric Research Center is a multi-disciplinary group of researchers with broad range of interests and faculty members from the Department of Psychiatry and the Department of Community & Family Medicine at Dartmouth Medical School. A commonality of the work at the Center is the design, testing and dissemination of evidence-based treatments for implementation in routine community settings. Of particular focus in this position are services to persons with co-occurring substance use and psychiatric disorders. Dartmouth Medical School is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer and seeks diversity in faculty and staff.
Women and minorities are strongly encouraged to apply.

To apply: Candidates should send a CV, cover letter describing areas of expertise, and a list of three references to:

Mark McGovern PhD
Dartmouth Medical School, 85 Mechanic Street, Suite B4-1
Lebanon, NH 03766

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Junior Faculty Position in Women’s Health and Addictive Behaviors 
Yale University Bircwh

Women’s Health Research at Yale and Yale Department of Psychiatry’s Division of Addictions announce junior faculty position openings within a research career development program focused on women’s health and addictive behaviors funded by the National Institutes of Health. Scholar candidates have the opportunity to work on research projects with experienced, productive mentors from different disciplines (e.g., psychiatry, psychology, neuroscience, health policy, internal and emergency medicine, obstetrics/gynecology, genetics, and public health) and are supported in the development of their own project. Projects can include basic, translational, or clinical research. Career development activities are built around an innovative, integration of interdisciplinary research mentoring, professional coaching, team science work groups, and didactic seminars. Additional funds are provided for an independent research project and professional development. Up to 25% time can be spent on clinical or other training-relevant activities. Scholar candidates typically will be within three years of completing their doctoral degree from an accredited graduate school or medical school residency and have at least one year of supervised research experience in an area related to women’s health or addictions. Scholars must be U.S. citizens or have permanent resident status. For more information see contact carolyn.mazure@yale.edu or samuel.ball@yale.edu.

To apply:

Application materials include a cover letter detailing research and career goals, CV and three letters of recommendation, and should be sent via email.

Yale is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer, and applications from women and members of minority groups are especially encouraged.

Postdoctoral Fellowship in Genetics of Behavioral Risk and Alcohol Abuse/Alcoholism (US citizens/residents)
University of Michigan Addiction Research Center (UMARC)

Training grant position is available for 2-3 years of postdoctoral training in behavioral genetics in the University of Michigan Addiction Research Center (UMARC). The project involves an ongoing collaboration to study the genetics of behavioral risk relevant to alcohol and other drug abuse in a longitudinal (>20 years) sample of nearly 500 families enriched for alcohol and other substance abuse. Psychological and behavioral as well as substance abuse variables are available on close to 2000 individuals, in about half of them since early childhood. A subset of the sample has been genotyped for >1000 SNPs in >100 candidate genes. The data will allow genetic association studies, gene x gene, gene x environment and behavioral pathway analyses. Additional genotyping may also be performed by the fellow as needed although the major effort will be on analysis. Candidates should be recent (<5 years) PhDs in psychology, genetics, bioinformatics, or statistics who seek cross-training in the other disciplines. Interested MDs with expertise in one of these areas are also invited to apply.

To apply:

Please send applications (see link above for requirements) to Dr. Margit Burmeister, or Dr. Kristi Rahrig Jenkins

Assistant or Associate Professor in Human Neuroscience
University of Kentucky

The University of Kentucky Department of Psychology invites applications for a tenure track position at the assistant or associate level to begin Fall, 2011. Candidates must be experienced using fMRI. Their substantive interests may be in any existing research program in the department (behavioral neuroscience, clinical, cognitive, developmental, social). However, candidates must also be willing to collaborate with faculty in the Center for Drug Abuse Research Translation doing research on substance abuse and/or its prevention in developing populations (i.e., children, adolescents and young adults). We seek applicants with a strong research program, potential to attract extramural funding, and commitment to excellent mentoring and teaching. The University of Kentucky is a Carnegie Doctoral/Research University—Extensive, and the Department of Psychology has been identified as a Target of Opportunity within the University. The University of Kentucky is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity University that values diversity and is located in an increasingly diverse geographical region. The University of Kentucky is committed to becoming one of the top public institutions in the country. Women, persons with disabilities, and members of other underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply. The University supports family-friendly policies.

Formal Position Description

The successful candidate for the position in “human neuroscience” must meet the following criteria:

  1. Must have earned a Ph.D. in psychology or closely-related field.

  2. Must be experienced in using fMRI

  3. Must be willing to collaborate on research with faculty in the Center for Drug Abuse Research Translation (CDART) doing research on substance abuse and/or its prevention in developing populations (i.e., children, adolescents and young adults).

  4. The substantive interest interests of the candidate may be in any area that makes contact with existing research programs in the department (behavioral neuroscience, clinical, cognitive, developmental, social)

  5. 5. Must have established a strong research program

  6. 6. Must show potential to attract extramural funding

To apply: Please submit a vita, statements of research and teaching interests, reprints and preprints, and arrange for three letters of reference to be sent to:

Human Neuroscience Search Committee, Department of Psychology
115 Kastle Hall, University of Kentucky
Lexington, KY 40506-0044

The application deadline is January 15, 2011.

Postdoctoral Alcohol Research Fellowship in Neurocogniive Effects of Alcohol and Other Substance Use/Abuse
University of Michigan Addiction Research Center (UMARC)

UMARC invites applications from Ph.D.s and M.D.s for its NIAAA funded post-doctoral research training program. The Center has a
focused interest in recruiting a fellow with interests in the comorbidity of alcohol and smoking with a specialized focus on neurocognitive effects. The successful candidate will be involved in cognitive testing and functional MRI in longitudinal studies of children, adolescents and adults at risk for alcohol and other drug involvement. We are seeking fellows with previous research experience in MR imaging who are interested in a multidisciplinary approach to the study of these comorbidities and neurocognitive risk. This position is primarily mentored by Jennifer M Glass, Ph.D., with additional mentoring and collaboration opportunities with other faculty, including Mary M Heitzeg, Ph.D. (neuroimaging - fMRI), Jon-Kar Zubieta, M.D., Ph.D. (Neuroimaging – fMRI, PET), and Robert A. Zucker, Ph.D. (developmental psychopathology). UMARC is the research arm of the Substance Abuse Section within the Department of Psychiatry, and it currently houses 23 projects addressing issues pertaining to the etiology, course, clinical manifestations, and treatment of alcoholism, alcohol problems, and other substance use disorders. The University provides an unusually strong methodological infrastructure for trainees, and a research environment that is rich in interdisciplinary collaborations, including faculty from the Departments of Psychiatry, Psychology, Statistics, Human Genetics, Pharmacology, Emergency Medicine, the Institute for Social Research, and a number of other universitywide Centers and institutes. UMARC's activities are focused in six areas: I. Developmental Psychopathology and Genetics; II. Neuroimaging and Neurophysiological Research; III. Treatment Research; IV. Health Services Research; V. Prevention and Early Intervention; and VI. Research on Sleep and Sleep Problems as Related to Substance Use Disorder. Fellowships offer the opportunity to develop an integrated research program and enhance skills necessary for a successful academic/research career. Applicants must be US citizens or permanent residents with a PhD or MD degree. Appointments typically are for two years of training although a third year appointment is sometimes available. Salaries are commensurate with prior postdoctoral experience and NRSA regulations. Applications will be considered as received. Preliminary inquiries may be addressed to Dr. Glass. The University of Michigan, as an equal opportunity employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action.

To apply: For the formal application, send a CV, three letters of reference, reprints, and a detailed cover letter describing your research interests, potential project foci for the fellowship period, and longer term career goals to:

Kristi R. Jenkins, PhD, Training Program Administrator
University of Michigan Addiction, Research Center
Rachel Upjohn Building
4250 Plymouth Road
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-5740

Postdoctoral Fellowships
The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio

Highly motivated individuals are invited to apply for Postdoctoral Fellowships that are currently available in the laboratories of Drs. Charles France and Lisa Gerak at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. These highly collaborative investigators within the Department of Pharmacology are funded by NIH to study behavioral and pharmacological mechanisms underlying the therapeutic and/or abuse potential of drugs from several pharmacological classes and to study the behavioral and biologic basis of vulnerability to addiction. The successful applicants will contribute to projects involving drug self-administration, drug discrimination, place conditioning, and other behavioral procedures, conducted within a spacious, state-of-the-art animal facility housing a variety of laboratory animal species. Individuals who have completed or will complete their Ph.D. training in pharmacology, psychology, biology, neuroscience or a related field are encouraged to apply. All postdoctoral appointments are designated as security sensitive positions. The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.

To apply: Applicants should send a curriculum vitae, a brief statement of research interests and career goals, and letters of reference to:

Lisa Gerak, Department of Pharmacology
University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio
7703 Floyd Curl Dr. - mail code 7764
San Antonio, TX 78229

Postdoctoral Fellowship
The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB)

Department of Psychiatry is recruiting a Postdoctoral Fellow in one of the following areas: Substance Abuse, Mood Disorders, or Schizophrenia Neuroimaging: The Psychiatry Department at UAB invites applications for a postdoctoral position. Opportunities to gain experience in both neuroimaging as well as clinical trials is available. The fellow would be expected to participate in writing NIH grants as well as papers for publication from existing data sets and ongoing projects. Mentoring in grant writing and publications is available to transition the fellow to an independent scientist position in an academic medical setting. The ideal candidate would be a doctoral level clinical or counseling psychologist (Alabama license or license-eligible preferred) who is dedicated to an academic medical research career. In addition to writing papers and grants, the fellow would be expected to participate as a member of a team of psychologists and physicians conducting clinical research, as well as participate in limited clinical responsibilities. Excellent writing and communication skills are essential, as well as a dedication to
working with underserved and stigmatized client populations.

To apply: Please forward a letter of interest and CV to Dr. Karen Cropsey, Associate Professor, UAB Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurobiology.

Women and members of minority groups are especially encouraged to apply.

Postdoctoral Fellowship
Duke University Medical Center

Postdoctoral position at Duke University Medical Center available to study genetic, social and psychological factors related to the development of substance use. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to work with large longitudinal populationbased epidemiologic and clinic-based datasets. Currently we are investigating associations between Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity disorder symptoms and substance use trajectories, and are expanding these studies to also examine the extent to which genetic factors contribute to these associations. The postdoctoral fellow will work primarily with a team of NIDA funded investigators (Drs. Bernard Fuemmeler (PI), Scott Kollins, Joseph McClernon, and Chongming Yang) on an ongoing funded study aimed at investigating links between ADHD symptoms and tobacco/alcohol use trajectories. Duke has numerous resources including a NIDA funded P-30 center (Transdisciplinary Prevention Research Center) where the candidate will be able expand their interests and collaboration with other faculty studying adolescent substance use. The applicant should have a Ph.D. in a related field (clinical/developmental psychology or epidemiology with interest in mental health/substance use) and strong quantitative skills. Applicants with experience and a keen interest in factor analysis, Structural Equation Modeling and other statistical methods for longitudinal data analyses (e.g., latent curve modeling) are encouraged to apply. Knowledge of SAS and SPSS statistical packages is required: knowledge of M-PLUS or SUDAAN is a plus. Written and verbal fluency in English is required. Applicants will have the opportunity to work independently and in group settings. The position is a two year position, contingent upon mutual agreement after the first year. A start date of Summer or Fall of 2011 is preferred.

To apply: Please contact:

Bernard F. Fuemmeler, PhD, MPH
Duke University Medical Center
Department of Community and Family Medicine and Psychology and Neuroscience
DUMC Box 104006, Rm 633
Durham, NC 27710
Telephone: (919) 681-7171
Fax: (919) 684-5108

Post-doctoral Research Fellowship Positions for Physicians
Mental Illness Research, Education, and Clinical Center (MIRECC) at Philadelphia VAMC

A two-year research fellowship position is available to interested candidates, focusing on dual diagnosis of medical, psychiatric, and addictive disorders in an established center with a specific focus on co-morbidities. The start date is planned for July 1, 2011, but is negotiable. The fellowship director is Henry R. Kranzler, M.D. and other established investigator mentors include David Oslin, M.D., Steven Sayers, Ph.D., Kyle Kampman, M.D., Michael Thase, M.D., Richard Ross, M.D., and Stanley Caroff, M.D. Pilot funding is available to fellows to initiate projects in the etiology, diagnosis, clinical course, and treatment of dual disorders with access to primary care, psychiatric, and substance dependence populations, as well as chronic pain patients. Potential research approaches include clinical trials, genetic and pharmacogenetic studies, health services research, and human laboratory studies. The fellowship provides 75% time for research and 25% clinical training in dual disorders. The goals of the fellowship are to provide a mentored experience in research design and implementation, data analysis, report and grant writing, and a supervised clinical training. Potential exists for suitable candidates to receive a third year of fellowship support.

To apply: Applicants must have a medical degree from an accredited medical school and be eligible to practice medicine in any state in the U.S. and be a U.S. citizen. Preference will be given to board-eligible and board-certified candidates in any medical specialty. Interested candidates should send a letter describing their research interests and career goals, and a sample of publications or grant applications to henry.kranzler@va.gov or to the following mailing address:

Henry R. Kranzler, MD
MIRECC/116
Philadelphia Veterans Affairs Medical Center
3900 Woodland Ave.,
Philadelphia, PA 19104