Current Research Staff and Postdoctoral Job Opportunities

There are a number of opportunities to work alongside CHERISH investigators, Research Affiliates, staff, and esteemed colleagues.

To add an open position from your institution to this page, please email details to [email protected]. CHERISH welcomes positions related to substance use, HCV, HIV, and health economic research.

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Position Description:

The Administrative Assistant will provide comprehensive support to the Department of Population Health Sciences (PHS).  This position assists with coordinating many aspects of day-to-day departmental operation which serves over 200+ faculty, staff, postdocs, and students. Among other tasks, the Administrative Assistant directs PHS faculty, staff, and visitors to appropriate resources, provides guidance on navigating WCM procedures, processes, and serves as a liaison between PHS divisions and other WCM units.

Responsibilities:

  • Coordinates calendars and schedules appointments and meetings. Prioritizes requests for meetings and coordinates the necessary arrangements for meetings.
  • Answers phones, responds to inquiries and triages calls to appropriate personnel.
  • Responsible for travel and conference arrangements. Organizes itinerary, makes appropriate reservations for travel and accommodations.
  • Responsible for procurement activities related to goods, services, and/or equipment as needed.
  • Responsible for disbursement/reimbursement activities as needed.
  • Maintains inventory of supplies, equipment and/or reagents. May order supplies/equipment/reagents as authorized or ensure that needs are escalated appropriately. Receives supply orders and confirms accuracy of delivery. May assist with cost control.
  • Ensures that facilities and equipment are in optimal and proper working condition. Coordinates preventative maintenance and repairs as needed. May perform minor repairs if qualified and as needed. May advise on upgrades for performance enhancements.
  • Coordinates room reservations and provides on-site support, including assistance with audiovisual equipment set up and refreshments, as needed.
  • Initiates and prepares written correspondence as needed and based on functional needs.
  • Records and distributes meeting minutes.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.

Requirements & Preferred Qualifications:

  • Approximately 2 years of prior administrative support experience
  • High School diploma or its equivalent +2 years of related office/scheduling experience; Bachelor’s degree is strongly preferred.
  • Must have excellent interpersonal, organizational, and oral and written communications skills
  • Must be proficient in using computers and substantial experience with computer programs, including MS Office applications, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
  • Must be highly organized, detailed-oriented, motivated, and be able to balance multiple demands while remaining calm under pressure
  • Must have excellent judgment, and be reliable, responsible, flexible and a team player

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities:

  • Demonstrated proficiency with MS Office Suite and database applications.
  • Ability to exercise standards of professionalism, including appearance, presentation and demeanor.
  • Ability to demonstrate excellent customer service skills in person, via email and on the telephone.
  • Demonstrated strong communication and interpersonal skills; demonstrated ability to interact with multiple constituencies and exercise “people skills”.
  • Demonstrated organizational skills and ability to pay close attention to detail.
  • Ability to multi-task and self-prioritize work.

To apply: Apply through the Weill Cornell Medicine career page. Please contact Awista Hamid ([email protected]) for questions.

Position Description: The Syndemics Team at Boston Medical Center is seeking a Research Programmer to design, build, analyze, and modify programming systems for the evaluation of infectious disease public policy; including implementing, testing, and documenting code. Simulation models will be designed and implemented in C++ and R. Responsibilities include working closely with principal investigators to develop model specifications, new modules for existing simulation models, and designing new simulation models.

Responsibilities:

  • Develop new data analysis tools for researchers.
  • Work closely with principal investigators to develop simulation model specifications.
  • Design and implement new modules for current simulation models to address new problems and requirements of each project.
  • Design and implement new simulation models using C++ and R.
  • Debug and test the simulation models.
  • Provide detailed documentation and flowcharts for simulation models and explain technical concepts to a non-technical audience.
  • Develop within Unix and unix-like systems.
  • Develop code that can be employed across a distributed computing cluster at BU
  • Use version control for a research group that has multiple users.
  • Assist researchers with software-related questions and problem solving.
  • Attend research group meetings as required and participate in result interpretation discussions.
  • Utilize the hospital’s behavioral standards as the basis for decision-making and to facilitate the hospital’s goals and mission.
  • Follow established hospital infection control and safety procedures.

Requirements & Preferred Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Electrical and Computer Engineering or related field.
  • Master’s degree is preferred but not required.
  • Experience in a research role preferred but not required.

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities:

Required:

  • Cultural sensitivity and a commitment to working in and contributing to an inclusive and supportive workplace for all.
  • 1+ year of experience in programming with compiled and scripting languages (e.g. C++, R).
  • 1+ year of experience in object-oriented programming.
  • 1+ year of experience in developing on Unix-like systems.
  • Experience with version control.
  • Quick to learn new technologies and scientific concepts and understand complex model/software dynamics.
  • Good interpersonal skills with ability to act professionally at all levels.
  • Ability to explain technical concepts to a non-technical audience.
  • Ability to work both independently and as part of a team.
  • Organizational ability to perform multiple tasks efficiently and to prioritize duties.
  • Must be able to maintain strict protocols of all confidential or sensitive information.

Preferred, but not required:

  • Experience in programming simulation models such as Monte Carlo Simulation.
  • Experience with software build process.
  • Experience with computer clusters and parallel processing.
  • Experience with SQL.
  • Familiarity with probability theory.
  • Interest in science and/or public health.
  • Experience working in an academic research environment.

To apply: Interested candidates should apply HERE. Please contact Caroline Savitzky ([email protected]) with questions.

Project Description:

The Project Coordinator will support the Massachusetts Community Engagement Alliance (MA-CEAL) program, an NIH-funded project focused on promoting COVID-19 vaccine confidence, encouraging diverse participation in clinical research, and addressing health equity issues in our communities. Under the supervision of the Program Manager, the Coordinator will support cross-cutting functions with a primary focus on supporting the Community Engagement and Intervention Cores.

Responsibilities:

Administrative

  • Support regular reporting (biweekly and monthly) due to the Sponsor on project activities and accomplishments.
  • Serve as a hub for external communications, including maintaining project mailbox and voicemail, responding to general inquiries, and delegating communications to team members accordingly.
  • Support file management, storage, and tracking across Cores, including a library of COVID-19 educational materials for sharing with external partners.
  • Support scheduling of meetings across project.
  • Generate agendas, lead meetings, record minutes, and track action items for regular core and team meetings.

Community Engagement (CE)

  • Support maintenance of stakeholder relationships, including with key community partners, internal departments/units, and other internal and external collaborators.
  • Track key milestones and deliverables; identify threats to deadlines and propose solutions to ensure targets are met.
  • Contribute to the planning, promotion, and evaluation of CE events.
  • Aid in coordinating CE events, including working with numerous stakeholders, developing timelines, and delegating responsibilities.
  • Follows up with team members and monitors progress towards achievement of deliverables to ensure adherence to deadlines and enable the team to efficiently complete the highest priority work.

Intervention

  • Support the scoping, planning, and execution of interventions focused on COVID vaccine uptake and confidence, clinical research participation, and health equity.
  • Track key milestones and deliverables; identify threats to deadlines and propose solutions to ensure targets are met.

Requirements & Preferred Qualifications:

  • The ideal candidate should be solution-oriented, an exceptional communicator, able to thrive in a collaborative and diverse work environment, and motivated by the task of guiding ideas into actualization.
  • At least 2 years of relevant experience is required. Experience in clinical research, public health experience, project coordination or training programs preferred. Interest in substance use disorders or clinical research is a plus.
  • This position requires a bachelor’s degree (or equivalent combination of formal education and experience).

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities:

  • Exceptional verbal/written English communication skills, including excellent grammatical, editing and proofreading skills.
  • Advanced skills with Microsoft applications (Outlook, Word, PowerPoint) and other web-based applications. Ability to learn and implement new software systems.
  • Ability to work independently and exercise independent judgment.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills necessary to be socially perceptive in accepting and relaying confidential information, communicating policies and procedures, and interacting effectively with a variety of Medical Center personnel and outside personnel.
  • Strong problem solving skills.

To apply:

Submit your application through LinkedIn or email Elizabeth Ragan ([email protected]).

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Position Description: The Division of General Internal Medicine at the University of Colorado School of Medicine is seeking a Professional Research Assistant who will work alongside the principal investigator and several team members in several states in the analytic aspects of research including data management, advanced statistical analyses, and simulation modeling. This position will be with the Barocas Lab, an innovative, interdisciplinary research program that is aimed at studying the intersection of infectious diseases, substance use disorders, and social determinants of health.

Responsibilities:

  • Conduct deep and thorough review of subject literature
  • Import datasets into a variety of software applications, perform data cleaning
  • Analyze epidemiologic and administrative data using basic and advanced statistical methodologies; interpret results for investigators and prepare reports
  • Synthesize multiple forms of evidence to estimate parameters for simulation modeling
  • Use an established computer simulation model to perform cost-effectiveness analyses
  • Interpret model results to draw conclusions about intervention sustainability and cost-effectiveness
  • Write and edit manuscripts at various stages of development
  • Maintain project records and ensure adherence to established timelines
  • Balance multiple competing priorities and tasks
  • Prepare and coordinate applications to IRBs
  • Track progress of IRB approvals and continued reporting
  • Assist with project documentation, reporting, presentations, and preparation of manuscripts
  • Maintain and update project and regulatory files, as necessary
  • Developing standard operating procedures (SOPs)
  • Collaborating with researchers at other institutions and with government officials
  • Administrative tasks
  • Attend multidisciplinary meetings and work groups

Computer Skills Needed

  • Excellent computer literacy including experience with Microsoft Office Suite (including Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Teams, and Outlook) and applications such as Zoom.
  • Database software experience (proficient or advanced) such as, but not limited to, R, STATA, SAS, C++, or python as well as RedCap.

Requirements & Preferred Qualifications:

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience. BA/BS in analytic area such as mathematics, computer science, engineering, economics, statistics/data science, preferred. Applicants must meet minimum qualifications at the time of hire.

 Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience in foundations of epidemiology
  • Master’s in epidemiology, mathematics, statistics, or computer science preferred.
  • Basic knowledge of advanced mathematics (such as calculus)
  • Database software expertise (proficient or advanced) including but not limited to R, STATA, or SAS, and RedCap
  • Experience with C++, python

Salary Range: $35,600 to $76,000

To apply: Application materials include a cover letter, resume/CV, and a list of references. View more details and submit the application HERE.

Position Description: The Division of General Internal Medicine at the University of Colorado School of Medicine is seeking a Postdoctoral fellow who will work alongside the principal investigator and several team members in several states in the analytic aspects of research. This position will be with the Barocas Lab, an innovative, interdisciplinary research program that will help the Postdoctoral fellow develop skills not obtained during doctoral studies including making research relevant to clinicians, policymakers, and other decision-makers.  At the end of the Postdoctoral fellowship, the fellow should be highly competitive for independent funding.

Responsibilities:

The duties and responsibilities of the position include, but are not limited to:

  • Analyze epidemiologic and administrative data using advanced statistical methodologies including Bayesian synthesis, machine learning, and/or natural language processing
  • Use an established computer simulation model (written in C++) and build out additional modules and features of the model
  • Create natural language processing algorithms
  • Synthesize multiple forms of evidence to estimate parameters for simulation modeling
  • Interpret model results
  • Balance multiple competing priorities and tasks
  • Prepare and coordinate applications to IRBs
  • Write grants and manuscripts, and present at scientific conferences.
  • Assist with project documentation and reporting
  • Maintain and update project and regulatory files, as necessary
  • Developing standard operating procedures (SOPs)
  • Collaborating with researchers at other institutions and with government officials
  • Attend multidisciplinary meetings and work groups

Requirements & Preferred Qualifications:

Minimum Qualifications

  • A PhD degree in an analytic area such as epidemiology, mathematics, computer science, engineering, statistics/data science.
  • Records of first author manuscripts in peer-reviewed journals.

Applicants must meet minimum qualifications at the time of hire.

Preferred Qualifications

  • A background in infectious diseases and/or substance use preferred.
  • Knowledge of advanced mathematics
  • Understanding of transmission dynamics
  • Database software expertise (proficient or advanced) including but not limited to R, STATA, SAS, C++, or python

Salary Range: $53,760 – $65,292, in alignment with current NIH salary range dependent upon years of postdoctoral experience.

To apply: Application materials include a cover letter, resume/CV, and a list of references. View more details and submit the application HERE.

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Position Description: The Global Mental Health and Addiction Science in Psychology at University of Maryland, College Park is seeking a post-doctoral associate interested in addiction science, global mental health, peer recovery and/or stigma research.

This role offers numerous opportunities for publications in the areas of HIV, substance use, and global mental health including:

  • A hybrid effectiveness-implementation trial of a lay counselor delivered behavioral intervention for substance use and HIV medication adherence in Cape Town, South Africa
  • Two trials evaluating mental health and substance use stigma reduction interventions among community health workers and peers in South Africa
  • A Baltimore-based HEAL Initiative trial examining a peer-delivered behavioral activation intervention in methadone treatment

The position will be based at University of Maryland, College Park, the flagship campus of University of Maryland, located 5 miles outside of Washington DC, and 30 miles from Baltimore. Anticipated start date is flexible from July 2022 through Sept 2022.

Responsibilities:

Primary responsibilities may include but are not limited to data analysis and manuscript preparation, grant preparation, research staff supervision and mentorship, and clinical supervision (if applicable).

Supervised clinical hours for licensure will be available and focused on treating underserved, minority individuals with substance use, mental health, and co-occurring health conditions, including opportunities for integrated primary care.

Requirements & Preferred Qualifications:

The postdoctoral associate should have completed the requirements for his or her PhD in psychology, public health, or a related behavioral sciences field.

Preferably, the candidate would have experience in both qualitative and quantitative methodologies, including longitudinal data analysis, and interests in peer-delivered interventions, HIV, and/or stigma reduction.

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities:

A successful candidate would have a strong publication history and record of securing external funding, excellent social, organizational, writing and data analysis skills, ability to work independently and collaboratively with internal and external partners.

There will be opportunities for independent data analysis, manuscript preparation, and grant writing will be available and encouraged. This fellowship has the potential to lead to a faculty position depending on the candidate’s ability to develop his or her own clinical research portfolio, teaching and supervision interests, and interest in collaborating on existing funded projects.

To apply: Email application materials and inquiries to Dr. Jessica Magidson ([email protected]) with the subject heading, “GMH and Addiction Post-Doc Application.”

Include in your application:

  1. Copy of your CV
  2. Cover letter describing fit with the position and relevant experience, research/career goals, and available start date
  3. Writing sample, preferably a first author manuscript
  4. Names/contact information of three professional references

Applications will be reviewed as they are received until the position is filled, with a preferred submission by January 1, 2022.

Position Description: The Global Mental Health and Addiction Science in Psychology at University of Maryland, College Park is recruiting a postdoc with interest in addiction treatment and implementation science in underserved, marginalized communities, preferably with experience with both qualitative and quantitative methodologies, including longitudinal data analysis.

There will be numerous opportunities for publications in the areas of substance use, implementation science, and peer delivery, including from two hybrid effectiveness-implementation trials of peer-delivered behavioral activation interventions in underserved communities in Baltimore and Detroit.

The position will be based at University of Maryland, College Park, the flagship campus of University of Maryland, located 5 miles outside of Washington DC, and 30 miles from Baltimore.

Responsibilities:

Primary responsibilities may include but are not limited to data analysis and manuscript preparation, grant preparation, research staff supervision and mentorship, and clinical supervision (if applicable).

Supervised clinical hours for licensure will be available focused on treating underserved, minority individuals with substance use, mental health, and co-occurring health conditions, including opportunities for integrated primary care.

Requirements & Preferred Qualifications:

The postdoctoral associate should have completed the requirements for his or her PhD in psychology, public health, or a related behavioral sciences field.

Candidates with advanced quantitative data analytic skills, and/or both qualitative and quantitative experience are preferred.

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities:

A successful candidate would have a strong publication history and record of securing external funding, excellent social, organizational, writing and data analysis skills, ability to work independently and collaboratively with internal and external partners.

Opportunities for independent data analysis, manuscript preparation, and grant writing will be available and encouraged. This fellowship has the potential to lead to a faculty position depending on the candidate’s ability to develop his or her own clinical research portfolio, teaching and supervision interests, and interest in collaborating on existing funded projects.

To apply: Email application materials and inquiries to Dr. Jessica Magidson ([email protected]) with the subject heading, “Addiction and IS Post-Doc Application.”

Include in your application:

  1. Copy of your CV
  2. Cover letter describing fit with the position and relevant experience, research/career goals, and available start date
  3. Writing sample, preferably a first author manuscript
  4. Names/contact information of three professional references

Applications will be reviewed as they are received until the position is filled, with a preferred submission by December 1, 2021.

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Position Description: The Associate Research Scientist will work closely with Dr. Jennifer McNeely from the Department of Population Health, Section on Tobacco, Alcohol & Drug Use at NYU Grossman School of Medicine to develop a NIH-funded research portfolio focused on improving the identification and treatment of addiction in general medical settings.

Responsibilities:

  • Conduct quantitative and qualitative data analysis and interpretation and preparation of study findings for publication.
  • Make significant contributions to scientific papers. Is a resource/author/co-author for reports and presentations.
  • Assist with the development of grant proposals.
  • Oversee data registries, including ensuring the quality and completeness of research data.
  • Conduct qualitative research interviews with medical staff and patients and assist with analysis.
  • Assist with study design and implementation of newly funded projects.
  • Identify and participate in the resolution of potential and actual problems in study operations and participant activities.
  • Serve as a liaison between all involved stakeholders for multi-institutional collaborative projects; ensure effective ongoing communications with all collaborators.
  • Represent the research team at meetings and conferences.
  • Maintain/enhance professional growth and development through participation in seminars, professional affiliations, and internal training sessions to keep abreast of trends in the fields of clinical research and addiction.
  • Participate in special projects and perform other duties as assigned.

Requirements & Preferred Qualifications:

  • Candidates should have a doctoral degree (e.g., PhD, Dr PH, ScD, DBA). This position is well suited for a recent PhD.
  • Training and/or experience in public health, health services research, sociology or psychology.

To apply: Send a statement of interest and curriculum vitae to Noa Appleton ([email protected]). 

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Position Description:

The Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT) is hiring Public Health Advisors at different levels of experience to meet a growing demand for prevention, intervention, and substance use disorder treatment and recovery support services as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Public Health Advisors will perform functions such as program administration, policy and data analysis, and budget and legislative analysis.

Responsibilities:

Program Administration

  • Plan and administer a comprehensive public health program, such as:
    • Establishing program goals, objectives, and requirements;
    • Performing program oversight functions such as ensuring service delivery, program surveillance, quality assurance, and maintaining partnerships; and
    • Providing technical assistance such as outreach, training, and reporting.
  • Collaborate with local, State, other Federal governments such tribal and territories, and other stakeholder groups.
  • Manage administration of the grant cycle from application to closing, including ensuring that grant requirements are met, and payments are appropriate.
  • Understand and assure program compliance with applicable federal regulations related to medications for opioid use disorders.
  • Develop and monitor implementation of program compliance requirements.
  • Conduct assessments and compliance reviews, negotiate, and approve corrective actions, as needed.

Policy and Data Analysis

  • Collect and analyze data to address complex policy and program needs including leveraging data visualization techniques and statistical programming packages (SAS, STATA, R).
  • Develop and monitor program metrics.
  • Develop and/or recommend policies, policy changes, program intervention, prevention, and/or control strategies based on data analysis.
  • Establish and maintain an integrated system of information gathering and reporting tools.
  • Prepare reports evaluating policy outcomes and program operations and compliance.

Budget and Legislative Analysis

  • Support CSAT’s budgetary activities; including funding plan development and execution of CSAT grants and contracts.
  • Write, review, and support the publication of CSAT content in the SAMHSA budget, congressional reports, and other publications.
  • Review, distribute, and track proposed legislation and congressional inquiries.

Requirements & Preferred Qualifications:

These positions are being filled through Direct Hire Authority for this occupation and is open to all US Citizens. As such, all applicants who meet the OPM Public Health Advisor requirements and the minimum specialized experience qualifications stated in this announcement will be referred to hiring managers for further consideration.

These are temporary excepted service positions at grade level (GS) GS-9 thru 13. This appointment is for up to 2 years.

Telework/remote work is available/required depending on the status of the COVID 19 pandemic and the specific role being filled.

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities:

  • Knowledge of public health, substance use disorder treatment particularly opioid use disorders, health policy, social work, and/or health care administration
  • Strong communication and problem-solving skills
  • Data analysis, statistical analysis, and/or data visualization
  • Ability to conceptualize, organize, and prioritize work

To apply: Read the full announcement, qualification, and application details HERE.