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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. Read more information about this research program.

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)
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. 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
Opening Summer/Fall 2010

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. U.S. 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 NIDA post-doctoral research fellowship position in an internationally  recognized center of excellence for the study of drug abuse. The Human Behavioral Pharmacology Laboratory (HBPL), established in 1986, is a research unit of the Department of Psychiatry that studies environmental and pharmacological factors that influence drug abuse and diverse new treatments for drug abuse. Our research includes both treatment-outcome research on alcohol, cocaine, marijuana, nicotine, and opiate dependence and human laboratory research on the behavioral and biological effects of abused drugs. Fellows have opportunities for training in a wide range of treatmentoutcome and human laboratory research.

Current openings are with Stacey Sigmon and Stephen T. Higgins 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. Trainees are selected on the basis of scholastic record and commitment to drug-abuse research. Salary is competitive commensurate with experience (PGY 1 to PGY 7) and supported by an NIDA/NIH Institutional Training Award.

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, 1 So. Prospect Street, 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, George Bigelow. Additional informatioFor more information, visit the BPRU website.

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. Questions may be directed to Dr. Heishman at 443-740-2458. NIH is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages applications from women and minorities.

Assistant or Associate Professor in Human Neuroscience

University of Kentucky

The University of Kentucky invites applications for a tenure track position at the assistant or associate level to begin Fall, 2012. 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. 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 October 1, 2011. 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. It 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.

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. View more information or contact Carolyn Mazure or Samuel Ball.

To apply: Application materials include a cover letter detailing research and career goals, CV and three letters of recommendation, and should be sent to Women's Health Research. 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 (PDF, 72KB) is available for 2-3 years of postdoctoral training in behavioral genetics in the University of Michigan Addiction Research Center (UMARC). Also, please link Dr. Margit Burmeister's and Dr. Rahrig Jenkins' names to their respective email addresses. 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.

Postdoctoral Fellowship in Drug Abuse Research-Technology and Health Focus, Behavioral Sciences Training Program

National Development and Research Institutes, Inc. (NDRI)

There are immediate openings for two Postdoctoral Fellows with a focus on research pertaining to technology-based interventions for drug abuse. Fellows will be enrolled in The Behavioral Sciences Training (BST) program, the largest training program supported by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (16 postdoctoral and predoctoral fellows). The program is housed at National Development and Research Institutes, Inc., a non-profit research and training center with over 25 nationally renowned Principal Investigators and 70 major grants and contracts from the National Institute on Drug Abuse, other Federal and state agencies, and a variety of private sources. BST is administered by Public Health Solutions, the largest non-profit organization providing public health services and conducting health-related research in New York City, and affiliated with the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University. All BST fellows attend weekly seminars at NDRI to receive advanced training in substance abuse research and methods. All postdocs also work closely with senior researchers at NDRI on ongoing research and develop their own research projects and grants. The two Technology and Health Fellows will have the opportunity to participate on research projects including a web-based intervention for adolescents with substance use disorders, a web-based contingency management intervention for adult smokers, and a webbased intervention for recent Veterans with problematic substance use and post-traumatic stress. A study developing and testing a mobile intervention for methadone maintenance clients is expected to begin in December, 2011. These two postdocs also will receive support from BST staff and subject matter experts in NDRI's Center for Technology and Health in preparing technology-based grant applications to obtain funding for their own research.

Fellows will receive an annual stipend, health insurance, and a modest amount for travel and research-related expenses. Postdoctoral fellowship appointments are made for one year and are renewable for a second year, based upon satisfactory progress. Detailed information including eligibility, application, award details are available. More information about ongoing projects in the Center for Technology and Health.

To apply: Interested candidates can submit a letter of interest, curriculum vita, dissertation abstract, and a publication or paper to Gregory Falkin, PhD and Bethany Raiff. Please make sure to indicate at the top of your letter that you are applying for the Technology and Health Fellowship.

Postdoctoral Alcohol Research Fellowship in Neurocognitive Effects of Alcohol and Other Substance Use/Abuse

University of Michigan Addiction Research Center (UMARC)

UMARC invites applications from PhDs and MDs 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, PhD, with additional mentoring and collaboration opportunities with other faculty, including Mary M Heitzeg, PhD (neuroimaging - fMRI), Jon-Kar Zubieta, MD, PhD (Neuroimaging – fMRI, PET), and Robert A. Zucker, PhD (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 twoyears 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 PhD 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 (USB)

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. 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 Traineeship In Drug Abuse Treatment and Services Research

University of California, San Fransisco (UCSF)

Overview
The University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) is offering this National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)-funded postdoctoral program. Our program is one of the few that trains scientists in treatment and service research. Scholars work with a preceptor to design and implement studies on treatment of drug dependence, including nicotine dependence. Scholars also select a specific area of focus for independent research.

Current research interests of our faculty include

  • trials of efficacy and effectiveness of psychosocial and pharmacologic treatment of drug abuse, including tobacco dependence;

  • innovative methodology including internet based studies;

  • treatment of complex patients in innovative settings;

  • diagnostic techniques and research on treatment tailored for HIV positive drug abusers and drug abusers with psychiatric and medical disorders;

  • research on provision of services to drug abusing populations; and

  • instrument development in drug abuse.

A variety of university-affiliated and community substance abuse programs are available as research sites. These include inpatient and outpatient setting programs that treat a range of problems related to drugs of abuse, including dependence on cocaine, nicotine, alcohol, and opiates. The program encourages close research involvement with the preceptor, and involvement in selected classes, seminars, and grant preparation.

The training program is supported in part by a Center grant, the San Francisco Treatment Research Center, and a grant supporting the Western States Node of the NIDA Clinical Trials Network program. Intellectual resources from other significant extramural funding and R01-level grants are also routinely available to scholars.

Philosophy
Our program's unifying philosophy is:

  1. Drug abuse treatment and services research must be methodologically excellent and clinically relevant; 

  2. Problems related to drug abuse are best attacked from a multidisciplinary perspective; and 

  3. Integration of knowledge of various intellectual domains is essential to the development of effective treatment.

Because our philosophy implies that the quality of the postdoctoral program depends on the quality of the scholars, faculty, and environment, rather than on any particular class or activity, we energetically recruit in order to bring high-quality applicants into a research environment where they will work under the guidance of research-sophisticated investigators.

Program Faculty
Our postdoctoral program is directed by a seven-member Executive Committee and has twenty core faculty, representing psychiatry, public health and policy, the behavioral sciences, medicine, and biostatistics. They represent a diverse, but overlapping, range of research interests.

Postdoctoral Training Program
Each year, scholars participate in a Core Research Seminar and the Writers' Task Force, a group that facilitates, supports, and encourages the publication of manuscripts.

As part of their research training, scholars interact daily with investigators who guide them in responsible conduct of research and in solving the special ethical dilemmas of treatment and clinical research. Most scholars also take one of the several advanced statistics courses offered by the UCSF Biostatistics Department. Scholars' research projects and those of their mentors are closely tied. As scholars move from Year 1 to Year 2, they progress from a project designed by their mentor to a more independently conceived project, which they lead.

Goals for Postdoctoral Scholars
At the end of our postdoctoral program, we expect scholars to have acquired the following competencies and completed the following tasks:

  1. gained knowledge of drugs of abuse and their treatment; 

  2. advanced their knowledge of statistical and methodological techniques needed for clinical and services research; 

  3. understand drug abuse treatment systems and drug research projects; 

  4. conducted at least two research projects in a clinical setting: One designed by their preceptor; and one of their own design, for which they have primary responsibility;

  5. made multiple internal presentations;

  6. made at least two presentations of their work at national meetings;

  7. published one to three journal articles;

  8. submitted a small grant application to local funding sources;

  9. published additional manuscripts from the work completed as a scholar during the two years following enrollment in our program.

Support for Postdoctoral Scholars
Scholars are funded by two sources. Stipend levels are set by NIH, based on years of related experience, and range from $37,368 to $51,552. Preceptors are often able to augment these stipends from non-NIH sources. Scholars are provided with other research support, including travel to at least one annual professional meeting and other support required for a useful training experience, including statistical consulting, some administrative support, and access to computers for writing and data analyses.

Background of Former Postdoctoral Scholars
Our postdoctoral scholars have come from a variety of fields, including clinical psychology, counseling psychology, developmental psychology, neuroscience, nursing, political science, psychiatry, pharmacology, and social psychology. Theirstudies have included vocational issues among methadone outpatients, social identities and treatment outcomes among alcohol and cocaine abusers in private treatment, the effects of acute nicotine use on cue-induced cocaine craving, mood management intervention for injection drug users, childhood trauma and PTSD in inpatient substance abusers, prevention and treatment of HIV in drug users, studies of effective educational method in drug abuse education, studies of the relationship of readiness to change and depression to nicotine dependence, studies of service utilization and outcome among elderly substance users, and studies of drug abuse treatment and services within health maintenance organizations.

Success of Our Postdoctoral Graduates
We admit two to four scholars every year. Graduates of our postdoctoral program have been placed at numerous high-caliber institutions where research is valued.

To apply: For consideration in the postdoctoral program, please send an application packet consisting of your curriculum vitae, statement of research interests, and representative work.

Two Postdoctoral Traineeship In Drug Abuse Treatment and Services Research

University of California, San Fransisco (UCSF)

Letters of reference should be sent directly from the recommenders to the address below. Research statement should include the following items:

  1. history of research projects,

  2. current interests,

  3. what you would like to learn and accomplish during your postdoctoral traineeship at UCSF, and

  4. a list of program faculty with whom you would like to work. Representative work can include dissertation chapters if no publications are available. Electronic submission of materials (except reference letters) is strongly encouraged.

All applicants must have completed the doctorate at the time of entry into the program and be a U.S. citizen or have Lawful Permanent Residency (Green Card) at the time of appointment.

Please direct information requests, application packets and letters of recommendation to:

James L. Sorensen, PhD
c/o. Barbara Paschke
Postdoctoral Program in Drug Abuse Treatment and Services
Research
2727 Mariposa Street, Suite 100
San Francisco, CA 94110
Telephone: (415) 437-3032
Fax: (415) 437-3020 

Research Scientist

The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio

The Division of Neurobehavioral Research (Department of Psychiatry, UT Health Science Center as San Antonio), is seeking a motivated individual to join our ongoing NIH studies of the behavioral and biological effects of human alcohol consumption. These studies bridge human laboratory assessment and interventions to reduce dangerous drinking patterns outside the lab. This is a "springboard" position designed to allow the candidate to grow into a faculty-level position. The division offers training in the areas of behavioral pharmacology (Dr. Donald Dougherty), psychiatry (Dr. Rene Olvera), psychophysiology (Dr. Charles Mathias), neuroimaging (Dr. Ashley Acheson), and molecular biology (Dr. Nathalie Hill-Kapturczak). This position has a significant administrative/supervisory focus with ample opportunities for publication. Responsibilities include study coordination and supervision of study personnel; participant recruitment, screening, and psychological testing; data management and statistical analyses; and manuscript/grant preparations. Applicants must have completed a PhD or equivalent degree in behavioral pharmacology, experimental psychology, or other relevant area. Previous postdoctoral experience preferred and preference given to those with a history or evidence of interests in developing an alcohol-related research program.

To apply: Submit curriculum vitae, a letter outlining interests and career goals, and representative publication reprints (pdf files) to: Dr. Donald M. Dougherty, Department of Psychiatry, University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, MC 7793, 7703 Floyd Curl Drive, San Antonio, TX 78229-3900. UTHSCSA is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action.

Tenure Track Assistant or Associate Professor

University of Kansas

The Department of Applied Behavioral Science at the University of Kansas invites applications for an Assistant or Associate Professor, academic year, tenure-track faculty position expected to begin as early as August 18, 2012. KU seeks to hire an outstanding applied and intervention research scholar in substance abuse. Along with qualifications and experience, salary is commensurate with other leading research universities. PhD or ABD in a social or behavioral science discipline with specialization in applied behavioral pharmacology is expected by start date of the appointment. Required qualifications for the Assistant Professor include the potential for high quality research and teaching in the area of applied behavioral pharmacology that compliments the needs of the university and the department faculty. For the Associate Professor, the required qualifications include demonstrated high quality research and teaching in the area of applied behavioral pharmacology that compliments the needs of the university and the department faculty. The University of Kansas is especially interested in hiring faculty members who can contribute to four key campus-wide strategic initiatives: (1) Sustaining the Planet, Powering the World: (2) Promoting Well-Being, Finding Cures; (3) Building Communities, Expanding Opportunities; and (4) Harnessing Information, Multiplying Knowledge. Read more information

To apply: For a complete announcement and to apply online, search for the position 00002480. Attach (upload) the following documents to the on-line application form: (1) letter of application describing educational and work experiences; (2) curriculum vitae; (3) teaching portfolio; (4) statement of research interests; (5) a list of 3-5 references.

In addition, applicants should arrange to have 3-5 reference letters, as well as selective reprints/preprints sent separately to Applied Behavioral Pharmacology Search Coordinator, Department of Applied Behavioral Science, 1000 Sunnyside Avenue, 4001 Dole Human Development Center, The University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS 66045-7555. Review of applications begins December 1, 2011, and will continue until no longer needed. EO/AA Employer.

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 PhD 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, MD and other established investigator mentors include David Oslin, MD, Steven Sayers, PhD, Kyle Kampman, MD, Michael Thase, MD, Richard Ross, MD, and Stanley Caroff, MD 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.

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