Job Information

University of Utah Post Doctoral Fellow (E) in Salt Lake City, Utah


Open Date

Requisition Number PRN30198B

Job Title Post Doctoral Fellow (E)

Working Title Post Doctoral Fellow (E)

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

8:00am – 5:00pm or flexible

VP Area U of U Health - Academics

Department 00868 - Psychiatry - Research

Location Campus

City Salt Lake City, UT

Type of Recruitment External Posting

Pay Rate Range $50,000-$70,000

Close Date

Open Until Filled No

Job Summary


The Utah Suicide Genetic Research Study ( USGRS ) is seeking a postdoctoral research fellow with a desire to advance their training in investigating environmental risk factors and gene-environmental interactions for suicide death and related mental health outcomes. The postdoctoral fellow will be embedded in the USGRS - a highly collaborative, interdisciplinary team of researchers located primarily in the Department of Psychiatry and the Huntsman Mental Health Institute ( HMHI ) at the University of Utah Spencer Fox Eccles School of Medicine. With over $12 million in federal research funding, the USGRS publishes regularly in high-profile journals, and spans the fields of psychiatric genetics, epigenetics, statistics, epidemiology, clinical research, and ethics. This is a two-year fellowship with the possibility for renewal for an additional year.

The fellow will have access to unprecedented data resources to study the epidemiology of suicide including molecular, individual, familial, contextual and weather and air pollution exposure data from a total population-wide ascertained sample of suicide deaths in Utah. Potential research projects will examine the relationship between suicide risk and mixtures of ambient exposures including weather and air pollutants and how these relationships are moderated by individual, familial, and genetic susceptibilities. Direct supervision and mentorship will be provided by Amanda V. Bakian, PhD and Jim VanDerslice, PhD. The fellow will have additional opportunity to collaborate on projects related to suicide prevention, suicide risk among autistic persons, the contribution of opioids to suicide, suicide in the transgender community, and the use of big data approaches to study suicide.

Motivated, self-directed individuals with an established record of achievement in research and the design and analysis of environmental epidemiological studies are encouraged to apply. Strong quantitative, big data or statistical skills are preferred. Excellent verbal and written communication, organizational, interpersonal, and time-management skills are a must. Proficiency with SAS , R or Matlab software is required.


The holder of the postdoctoral fellowship will:

1. Request, clean, prepare, and manage datasets for statistical analysis.

2. Co-author project related institutional review board ( IRB ) and other regulatory documents.

3. Participate in weekly meetings with the project PI Dr. Amanda Bakian, project co-Investigators and members of the USGRS .

4. Design environmental epidemiologic and gene-environment interaction studies for suicide.

5. Analyze environmental epidemiologic and gene-environment interaction studies for suicide.

6. Lead and collaborate on manuscript and grant preparation.

7. Lead and collaborate on abstracts and presentations at local, national, and international conferences.

8. Collaborate on other USGRS related research in areas such as suicide prevention, suicide risk among autistic persons, the contribution of opioids to suicide, suicide in the transgender community, and the use of big data approaches to study suicide.

9. Participate in Huntsman Mental Health and University of Utah Spencer Fox Eccles School of Medicine professional development opportunities.

Minimum Qualifications


Strong skills in data and statistical analysis or big data analysis.

Experience with the analysis of administrative, medical and pharmacy claims, environmental exposure measures or similar data.

A PhD in a health-related discipline such as epidemiology, biostatistics, informatics, computer science or related fields but those with a health science doctorate (e.g. MD) with research training and/or experience are also encouraged to apply.

The University of Utah Health (U of U Health) is a patient focused center distinguished by collaboration, excellence, leadership, and respect. The U of U Health values candidates who are committed to fostering and furthering the culture of compassion, collaboration, innovation, accountability, diversity, integrity, quality, and trust that is integral to our mission.

Type Benefited Staff

Special Instructions Summary

Additional Information

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

Individuals from historically underrepresented groups, such as minorities, women, qualified persons with disabilities and protected veterans are 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.

To request a reasonable accommodation for a disability or if you or someone you know has experienced discrimination or sexual misconduct including sexual harassment, you may contact the Director/Title IX Coordinator in the Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action:

Director/ Title IX Coordinator

Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action ( OEO /AA)

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Salt Lake City, UT 84112


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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.