Postdoctoral Research Fellowship

in Substance Use Recovery Support Services

A two-year postdoctoral fellowship position at the Oregon Social Learning Center is available for individuals interested in a career conducting research on recovery support services for adults with substance use disorders. The fellow will work directly with Drs. Ashli Sheidow, Michael McCart, and Tess Drazdowski in achieving the aims of NIH-, foundation-, and state-funded research projects (see bios and the rest of the team here). The fellow will primarily work on a NIDA-funded Initiative (JEAP Initiative, R24DA051950) focused on two populations: (1) emerging adults and (2) adults of any age involved with the justice system. (There is a preference for applicants with an interest in research with emerging adults.)

The JEAP Initiative seeks to advance research on the efficacy/effectiveness of recovery support services, specifically peer support services and recovery residences. Including individuals with lived experiences (i.e., in recovery from substance use and/or formerly involved with the adult or juvenile justice system) is a high priority for all JEAP Initiative activities.

Beyond the JEAP Initiative activities, integration into other projects will be based on the fellow’s interests and training needs. There are currently multiple NIDA projects that involve a variety of high-risk populations, such as adolescents and emerging adults with mental health and/or substance use issues and adolescents and emerging adults involved with the justice system, and that employ various research designs, such as a stepped-wedge cluster randomized trial, multi-site randomized trial, task-shifting experimental trial, and experimental mediation trial. Potential for future employment as an OSLC Research Scientist is contingent upon performance and availability of funding.

Review of applications beginning on November 15, 2022
Starting Date: As soon as May 2023 and as late as September 2023

Role of the Postdoctoral Fellow:

              As an essential member of the investigative  team, you will…

  • Conduct advanced grant-funded research (e.g., plan data collection and advanced statistical analysis, ensure fidelity of intervention implementation and community partner engagement, develop training curricula and supervise intervention implementation, collaborate with a project coordinator on project-related tasks, assist in training and supervising data collection staff, assist with dissemination of research results)

  • Be supported in pursuing own extramural funding (e.g., NIH K-series award or diversity supplement) and attend trainings designed to launch own independently-funded research career

  • Serve as primary author or co-author for journal articles and chapters for publication

  • Write or assist with writing grant progress reports and new grant applications

  • Attend professional conferences for continuing education and for dissemination of study results

*Position could potentially be remote depending on the state requirements and applicant.

Position Requirements:

          To meet the demands of the position, you must have...

  • A Ph.D. in psychology, education, public health, criminal justice/criminology, or a related field (degree must be attained by the position start date)

  • Experience working as part of an investigative team

  • Experience with training and supervision of clinical and/or research teams

  • Experience writing journal articles

  • Training in human subjects’ research protocols and ethical conduct of research

  • Experience using statistical techniques and software (e.g., SPSS)

  • Preferred: Lived experience (i.e., in recovery from substance use and/or formerly involved with the adult or juvenile justice system)

  • Applicants from underrepresented populations, as defined by NIH, are strongly encouraged to apply.

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