Job Information

University of Utah Post Doc Res Assoc w/Ret in Salt Lake City, Utah


Open Date 08/04/2023

Requisition Number PRN35924B

Job Title Post Doc Res Assoc w/Ret

Working Title Post Doc Res Assoc w/Ret

Job Grade A00

FLSA Code Administrative

Patient Sensitive Job Code? No

Standard Hours per Week 40

Full Time or Part Time? Full Time

Shift Day

Work Schedule Summary

M-F 8-5

VP Area U of U Health - Academics


Location Campus

City Salt Lake City, UT

Type of Recruitment External Posting

Pay Rate Range 60000 to 68000 DOQ

Close Date

Open Until Filled Yes

Job Summary

The Translational Neurotherapeutics Lab in the Department of Population Health Sciences, Division of Health System Innovation and Research at the University of Utah School of Medicine is accepting applications for a postdoctoral fellow interested in gaining training and experience in design, evaluation, optimization, and dissemination of digital medicine solutions for psychiatric disorders. This is a unique opportunity to train in both neurobiology of aging and mental health, (including psychiatric and neuropsychological assessment, neurobiological bases of mood disorders, digital interventions for mood disorders, clinical trial administration etc) and in serious game development, (including computer science, engineering, participatory design, and human computer interaction). This position will also provide mentorship in the administration of NIMH -funded multi-site randomized controlled clinical trials of digital medicine, and in interaction with industry partners. Consistent with the objectives, the primary responsibilities of the postdoctoral fellows will include the delivery of neuroplasticity-based computerized cognitive remediation to older adults with major depressive disorder ( MDD ) who have failed to respond to first line treatments. A secondary aim of this project is to study “usability” of the intervention and how implementation can influence efficacy. The Postdoctoral fellow will be trained to administer the intervention, and supervise research analysts in their assessment of participants. Additional responsibilities of the fellowship include collaboration with engineering colleagues, data-driven design optimization, leading participatory design, analysis of data and preparation of manuscripts resulting from the project.

About the Department

The Department of Population Health Sciences provides methodological expertise and infrastructure to advance capacity for impact-driven research and support clinical professionals in providing better patient and population-oriented care in an increasingly complex health care delivery system. Through our research, education, and community engagement activities, we promote patient-centered health care and the delivery of evidence-based health innovations that improve population health and reduce health disparities within our community. Through high impact research, we strive to contribute to a world where all individuals—regardless of socioeconomic status, race, ethnicity, gender identity or sexuality—have the opportunity to enjoy the highest attainable standard of health. The department is highly interdisciplinary, collaborative, and innovative, and we seek staff members who will thrive in this environment.

Work Environment

The University of Utah is the state’s oldest and largest institution of higher education, and offers an exceptional research and teaching environment. The university is located in Salt Lake City, which has been named one of the top 10 mid-sized American cities. The city is a thriving hub for innovation and the arts. Salt Lake City is surrounded by the Wasatch Mountains, which offers ample opportunity for outdoor adventure, including nine ski resorts within an hour of campus. As a university, we are committed to supporting our faculty, staff and students to lead balanced lives, while achieving success in their professions. We aim to create a space that is safe and welcoming for all, and where all employees are meaningfully engaged and have equal opportunity to succeed.

Salary and benefits will be commensurate with NIH guidelines concerning years of experience.

Applications will be accepted until position is filled; review of applications will begin immediately and continue on a rolling basis.

Applications should include a CV, a personal statement, and a list of three references to solicit letters of reference from. In the cover letter please indicate expected completion date of requirements of the PhD or equivalent terminal degree.

The University of Utah and the Department of Population Health Sciences value candidates who come from diverse backgrounds and possess a strong commitment to improving access to higher education for historically underrepresented students.

This position is considered Category I: Mandatory Required on Campus or at Health Care Facilities.


This training program is co-led by Dr. Sarah Shizuko Morimoto a neuropsychologist and director of the Neurotherapeautics Lab, and Dr. Roger Altizer, Director of Digital Medicine and founder of the Entertainment Arts and Engineering department at the University of Utah; the top-rated gaming graduate program in the US.

Fellows will be expected to collaborate on Drs. Morimoto and Altizer’s projects as lead and co-author of manuscripts, contributor to new grant applications, and the conduct of ongoing NIMH -funded research projects.

Minimum Qualifications


Ideal candidates will have a strong background in geriatric psychiatry, neurobiology of mood disorders, neurobiology of aging, digital mental health solutions, and/or clinical trial administration. Comfort with technology and internet-based data collection is also desirable. Applicants with Spanish language fluency are strongly preferred.

Type Benefited Staff

Special Instructions Summary

Additional Information

The University is a participating employer with Utah Retirement Systems (“URS”). Eligible new hires with prior URS service, may elect to enroll in URS if they make the election before they become eligible for retirement (usually the first day of work). Contact Human Resources at (801) 581-7447 for information. Individuals who previously retired and are receiving monthly retirement benefits from URS are subject to URS’ post-retirement rules and restrictions. Please contact Utah Retirement Systems at (801) 366-7770 or (800) 695-4877 or University Human Resource Management at (801) 581-7447 if you have questions regarding the post-retirement rules.

This position may require the successful completion of a criminal background check and/or drug screen.

The University of Utah values candidates who have experience working in settings with students and patients from all backgrounds and possess a strong commitment to improving access to higher education and quality healthcare for historically underrepresented students and patients.

All qualified individuals are strongly encouraged to apply. Veterans’ preference is extended to qualified applicants, upon request and consistent with University policy and Utah state law. Upon request, reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to individuals with disabilities.

The University of Utah is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate based upon race, ethnicity, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, pregnancy-related conditions, genetic information, or protected veteran’s status. The University does not discriminate on the basis of sex in the education program or activity that it operates, as required by Title IX and 34 CFR part 106. The requirement not to discriminate in education programs or activities extends to admission and employment. Inquiries about the application of Title IX and its regulations may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator, to the Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, or both.

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