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Postdocs in drug abuse, psychopharmacology and neurocognitive effects of alcohol and substance abuse
Postdoctoral 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 percent time for research and 25 percent 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

Postdoctoral Position in Drug Abuse Research

University of Vermont

University of Vermont announces availability of NIDA postdoctoral research fellowship positions in an internationally recognized center of excellence on drug abuse. The Human Behavioral Pharmacology Laboratory, est. in 1986, is a research unit of the Department of Psychiatry that studies biological, environmental and pharmacological factors influencing abuse of licit and illicit drugs. Fellows train in wide range of human-laboratory and treatmentoutcome research.

  • Openings with Drs. Sarah H. Heil on clinical trials of behavioral interventions to increase contraceptive use among drug-dependent women and lab studies of neonatal abstinence syndrome in opioidexposed infants and Stephen T. Higgins on behavioral treatments for cocaine dependence and smoking-cessation in pregnant women.

  • Two-three year appointment

  • Applicants must have completed doctoral training in psychology 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.

  • Supported by an NIDA/NIH Institutional Training Award.

To apply: Please forward a CV, 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 Position in Drug Abuse Research

University of Vermont

University of Vermont announces availability of NIDA postdoctoral research fellowship positions in an internationally recognized center of excellence on drug abuse. The Human Behavioral Pharmacology Laboratory, est. in 1986, is a research unit of the Department of Psychiatry that studies biological, environmental and pharmacological factors influencing abuse of licit and illicit drugs. Fellows train in wide range of human-laboratory and treatmentoutcome research.

  • Openings with Drs. Sarah H. Heil on clinical trials of behavioral interventions to increase contraceptive use among drug-dependent women and lab studies of neonatal abstinence syndrome in opioidexposed infants and Stephen T. Higgins on behavioral treatments for cocaine dependence and smoking-cessation in pregnant women.

  • Two-three year appointment

  • Applicants must have completed doctoral training in psychology 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.

  • 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, impulsivity, neuroimaging); anti-drug abuse medication development; behavioral research related to addiction: delay discounting, behavioral economics, and sexual risk behavior. Opioids, cocaine, anxiolytics, alcohol, caffeine, nicotine, hallucinogens, psilocybin, salvinorin A, MDMA, methamphetamine.

Clinical trials: testing medications, behavioral therapies (especially incentive/contingency-based), and combinations; psychiatric comorbidity research; addiction & pregnancy/women; therapeutic applications for psilocybin (cancer anxiety & smoking cessation). Opioid, cocaine, tobacco, mixed/other dependencies

Eligibility: U.S. citizen, permanent resident. Many backgrounds are appropriate, including experimental or clinical psychology, pharmacology, psychiatry, neuroscience, public health, and social work. Background in human or nonhuman research is appropriate

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, Anthony DeFulio, Matthew Johnson

To apply: Contact George Bigelow; BPRU, Behavioral Biology Research Center; 5510 Nathan Shock Drive; Johns Hopkins Bayview Campus; Baltimore, Maryland 21224-6823. (410) 550-003.

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

National Development and Research Institues, 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 at 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) 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, 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 (jglass@umich.edu). 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

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

University of Alabama (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 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 two-three years of postdoctoral training in behavioral genetics in the University of Michigan Addiction Research Center (UMARC) (PDF, 71KB). 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

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 Phone: 919-681-7171 Fax: 919-684-5108.