University of Utah Postdoctoral Fellow in Biobehavioral Clinical Research on Mindfulness as a Treatment for Chronic Pain and Opioid Misuse in Salt Lake City, Utah

Details

Open Date 09/12/2018

Requisition Number PRN18377B

Job Title Post Doc Res Assoc

Working Title Postdoctoral Fellow in Biobehavioral Clinical Research on Mindfulness as a Treatment for Chronic Pain and Opioid Misuse

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

VP Area Academic Affairs

Department 01916 - C-MIIND

Location Campus

City Salt Lake City, UT

Type of Recruitment External Posting

Pay Rate Range $47,000 - $50,000 DOE

Close Date

Open Until Filled Yes

Job Summary

Postdoctoral Fellow in Biobehavioral Clinical Research on Mindfulness as a Treatment for Chronic Pain and Opioid Misuse

Eric Garland, PhD, Director of the Center on Mindfulness and Integrative Health Intervention Development (C-MIIND) and Associate Dean for Research at the University of Utah College of Social Work, is seeking postdoctoral fellows to support federally-funded, biobehavioral clinical research on mindfulness-based interventions for chronic pain and prescription opioid misuse at C-MIIND, which currently oversees more than $40 million in grants funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Department of Defense (DOD), and Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI). In particular, fellows will help conduct randomized clinical trials (RCTs) and psychophysiological research on Mindfulness-Oriented Recovery Enhancement (MORE), a manualized intervention for addiction, stress-related conditions, and chronic pain. For additional information onMOREand current research, see www.drericgarland.com.

College, University, and Environment: As a major research and teaching university—and the flagship of the Utah System of Higher Education—the University of Utah strives to create an academic environment in which the highest standards of scholarship, professional practice and teaching are observed. The University is located in Salt Lake City, at the base of the Wasatch Mountains, providing ready access to world class outdoor recreational opportunities.

The Center on Mindfulness and Integrative Health Intervention Development at the University of Utah College of Social Work has a number of excellent research facilities, including the state-of-the-art Bridge Training Clinic, consisting of four therapy rooms with one-way mirrors and videotaping capacity for behavioral observation and coding, as well as a complete psychophysiological laboratory for assessment of neurocognitive and neuroaffective mechanisms of therapeutic change.

Responsibilities

Postdoctoral fellows will assist with the following duties: a) manuscript preparation from existing datasets; b) delivering mindfulness,CBT, and other behavioral interventions to study participants; c) clinical data collection; d) psychophysiological data collection (autonomic,EEG, and fMRI measures); e) data analysis; and f) designing and implementing new translational research studies. Postdoctoral fellows will be trained to implementMOREand other mindfulness-based interventions, Fellows will also have opportunities to coauthor multiple scientific articles from existing primary datasets and write federal grants leveraging the resources and interdisciplinary connections of the College of Social Work, which extend into Psychiatry, Psychology, Neuroscience, Oncology, Public Health, Anesthesiology, Family Medicine, and Nursing, among other departments.

Minimum Qualifications

Dr. Garland is seeking fellows with a PhD in Clinical Psychology, Social Work, Health Psychology, Nursing, or a related discipline. Applicants must have good scientific writing skills with a solid publication record, clinical research experience, and strong quantitative data analytic skills.

Preferences

Applicants with clinical experience (e.g., mental health, addiction, and/or chronic pain populations), previous experience with mindfulness, psychophysiological data collection/analysis (e.g.,EEG,HRV, fMRI, eye tracking, etc.), and/or previous study coordination experience on Federally-funded studies will be given preference. A clinical license (or being license eligible) is preferred but not necessary.

Type Benefited Staff

Special Instructions Summary

Review of applications will begin immediately and the position will be open until filled. Applicants should provide cover letter, curriculum vitae, list of three professional references, and published writing sample(s).

Inquiries regarding the position may be directed to Dr. Eric Garland, PhD, Associate Dean for Research, at eric.garland@socwk.utah.edu, 801-581-3826.

Additional Information

The University of Utah is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and is committed to diversity in its workforce. In compliance with applicable federal and state laws, University of Utah policy of equal employment opportunity prohibits discrimination on the basis of race or ethnicity, religion, color, national origin, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, veteran’s status, status as a qualified person with a disability, or genetic information. Individuals from historically underrepresented groups, such as minorities, women, qualified persons with disabilities, and protected veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. Veterans’ preference is extended to qualified applicants, upon request and consistent with University policy and Utah state law.

To inquire about this posting, email: employment@utah.edu or call 801-581-2300. Reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to qualified individuals with disabilities. To request an accommodation or for further information about University AA/EO policies, please contact the Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action, 201 S. Presidents Cr., Rm 135, (801) 581-8365 (V/ TDD ), email: oeo@umail.utah.edu .

The University is a participating employer with Utah Retirement Systems (“URS”). To be eligible for retirement contributions, you must be hired into a benefit-eligible position. Certain new hires are automatically assigned to the URS retirement plan and other employees with prior URS service, may elect to enroll in the URS within 30 days of hire. Regardless of whether they are hired into a benefit-eligible position or not, individuals who previously retired and are receiving monthly retirement benefits from URS must notify the Benefits Department upon hire. Please contact Utah Retirement Systems at (801)366-7770 or (800)695-4877 or the University’s Benefits Department at (801)581-7447 for information.

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