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Postdoctoral Research Associate - Brown School/Psychiatry
University of Washington in Washington,
 
 
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Date Posted 02/22/2022
Category
Admin-Laboratory and Research
Employment Type FullTime
Application Deadline Open until filled
 
 
 
 
 

Job Description

Position Summary

Training LEADers to Accelerate Global Mental Health Disparities Research (LEAD) provides training in minority health and health disparities research, with a strong focus on global mental health disparities. LEAD is a two-phase training program designed for advanced predoctoral students and postdoctoral trainees from diverse backgrounds in the US, including groups underrepresented in biomedical, behavioral, clinical and social sciences research, interested in global mental health disparities research. Trainees and postdoctoral fellows are recruited from universities across the US and are trained over an intensive 10 to 12-week summer program. Postdoctoral fellows participate in the summer training program as an important component of their 12-month appointment. LEAD capitalizes on the rich resources for US local and global health disparities (including mental health) available at Washington University in St. Louis (WUSTL), to provide trainees with the skills and experiences needed to lead multi-disciplinary, collaborative research teams focused on health disparities research in low-resource communities.

The LEAD Global Training Program is seeking a postdoctoral fellow to work on a research experience in the individual research laboratory of a faculty mentor on a specific research project and field site, with a focus on global and US-based mental health disparities in low-resource communities.

The postdoctoral fellow will have the opportunity to work with Dr. Patricia Cavazos, Dr. Fred Ssewamala, and a rich network of partners and collaborators within Washington University in St. Louis, and with partners from other institutions in the US and Sub Saharan Africa, to develop an independent project on US domestic or global mental health disparities. In addition to high-quality research facilities, career and professional development training for postdoctoral researchers is provided through the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs, Career Center, Teaching Center, Writing Center and campus groups. Additional information on being a postdoc at Washington University in St. Louis can be found at postdoc.wustl.edu/prospective-postdocs .

This position has potential to travel to a field site in Sub Saharan Africa, depending on the research focus and travel conditions. There is funding for up to one year with the potential to renew for a second year.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

The postdoctoral fellow trains under the supervision of a faculty mentor to accomplish the following (including, but not limited to):

  • Manages their own project, which should lead to publication.
  • Develops expertise in global mental health prevention, intervention, services and implementation research within resource constrained settings.
  • Develops proficiency in career skills, including writing, public speaking, networking, and critical evaluation of area literature.
  • Presents work both inside and outside the University with excellent oral communication skills.
  • Assists with grant preparation and reporting.
  • Works with the PIs, directors, and Center Affiliates on Data Analysis and Management for specific NIH funded students—resulting in manuscripts development, submission and publication.
  • Prepares and submits papers on research with excellent writing skills.
  • Designs a research project or projects.
  • Maintains conscientious discharge of research responsibilities.
  • Maintains conformity with ethical standards in research.
  • Maintains collegial conduct towards co-trainees, staff members and members of the research group or department.
  • Adheres to all applicable University policies, procedures and regulations.

Required Qualifications

  • Doctoral degree or be in the process of obtaining a postdoctoral degree in the following fields (i.e., MD, PhD, PharmD, EdD, ScD, DPT, OTD). Postdoc applicants are expected to be no more than five years beyond their postdoctoral or fellowship training when they enter the program. Individuals who have previously served as a PI on a major NIH research grant (e.g., R01), subproject of program project (P01) or contract (N01) are not eligible for this funding mechanism.
  • From a disadvantaged background or a background that is underrepresented in biomedical, behavioral, clinical and social sciences research. For more information, see https://extramural-diversity.nih.gov/diversity-matters/get-the-facts .
  • US citizen, non-citizen national, or permanent resident.
  • Must have a research plan and career development plan that is supported by at least two mentors approved by the program. At least one of the mentors must hold NIH, CDC, or PCORI funding.

Salary Range

Base pay is commensurate with experience. Stipend will be determined by the number of full years of relevant postdoctoral experience, as established by NIH guidelines.

Applicant Special Instructions

Please do not apply through Workday. All candidates must submit their applications through the following portal: https://sites.wustl.edu/lead/apply/ .


Pre-Employment Screening
All external candidates receiving an offer for employment will be required to submit to pre-employment screening for this position. The screenings will include criminal background check and, as applicable for the position, other background checks, drug screen, an employment and education or licensure/certification verification, physical examination, certain vaccinations and/or governmental registry checks. All offers are contingent upon successful completion of required screening.


Benefits Statement
Washington University in St. Louis is committed to providing a comprehensive and competitive benefits package to our employees. Benefits eligibility is subject to employment status, full-time equivalent (FTE) workload, and weekly standard hours. Please visit our website at https://hr.wustl.edu/benefits/ to view a summary of benefits.


EEO/AA Statement
Washington University is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to an individual’s sex, race, color, religion, age, disability status, protected veteran status, national or ethnic origin, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation. Women, minorities, protected veterans and the disabled are strongly encouraged to apply.


Diversity Statement
Washington University is dedicated to building a diverse community of individuals who are committed to contributing to an inclusive environment – fostering respect for all and welcoming individuals from diverse backgrounds, experiences and perspectives. Individuals with a commitment to these values are encouraged to apply.

Job Description

Position Summary

Training LEADers to Accelerate Global Mental Health Disparities Research (LEAD) provides training in minority health and health disparities research, with a strong focus on global mental health disparities. LEAD is a two-phase training program designed for advanced predoctoral students and postdoctoral trainees from diverse backgrounds in the US, including groups underrepresented in biomedical, behavioral, clinical and social sciences research, interested in global mental health disparities research. Trainees and postdoctoral fellows are recruited from universities across the US and are trained over an intensive 10 to 12-week summer program. Postdoctoral fellows participate in the summer training program as an important component of their 12-month appointment. LEAD capitalizes on the rich resources for US local and global health disparities (including mental health) available at Washington University in St. Louis (WUSTL), to provide trainees with the skills and experiences needed to lead multi-disciplinary, collaborative research teams focused on health disparities research in low-resource communities.

The LEAD Global Training Program is seeking a postdoctoral fellow to work on a research experience in the individual research laboratory of a faculty mentor on a specific research project and field site, with a focus on global and US-based mental health disparities in low-resource communities.

The postdoctoral fellow will have the opportunity to work with Dr. Patricia Cavazos, Dr. Fred Ssewamala, and a rich network of partners and collaborators within Washington University in St. Louis, and with partners from other institutions in the US and Sub Saharan Africa, to develop an independent project on US domestic or global mental health disparities. In addition to high-quality research facilities, career and professional development training for postdoctoral researchers is provided through the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs, Career Center, Teaching Center, Writing Center and campus groups. Additional information on being a postdoc at Washington University in St. Louis can be found at postdoc.wustl.edu/prospective-postdocs .

This position has potential to travel to a field site in Sub Saharan Africa, depending on the research focus and travel conditions. There is funding for up to one year with the potential to renew for a second year.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

The postdoctoral fellow trains under the supervision of a faculty mentor to accomplish the following (including, but not limited to):

  • Manages their own project, which should lead to publication.
  • Develops expertise in global mental health prevention, intervention, services and implementation research within resource constrained settings.
  • Develops proficiency in career skills, including writing, public speaking, networking, and critical evaluation of area literature.
  • Presents work both inside and outside the University with excellent oral communication skills.
  • Assists with grant preparation and reporting.
  • Works with the PIs, directors, and Center Affiliates on Data Analysis and Management for specific NIH funded students—resulting in manuscripts development, submission and publication.
  • Prepares and submits papers on research with excellent writing skills.
  • Designs a research project or projects.
  • Maintains conscientious discharge of research responsibilities.
  • Maintains conformity with ethical standards in research.
  • Maintains collegial conduct towards co-trainees, staff members and members of the research group or department.
  • Adheres to all applicable University policies, procedures and regulations.

Required Qualifications

  • Doctoral degree or be in the process of obtaining a postdoctoral degree in the following fields (i.e., MD, PhD, PharmD, EdD, ScD, DPT, OTD). Postdoc applicants are expected to be no more than five years beyond their postdoctoral or fellowship training when they enter the program. Individuals who have previously served as a PI on a major NIH research grant (e.g., R01), subproject of program project (P01) or contract (N01) are not eligible for this funding mechanism.
  • From a disadvantaged background or a background that is underrepresented in biomedical, behavioral, clinical and social sciences research. For more information, see https://extramural-diversity.nih.gov/diversity-matters/get-the-facts .
  • US citizen, non-citizen national, or permanent resident.
  • Must have a research plan and career development plan that is supported by at least two mentors approved by the program. At least one of the mentors must hold NIH, CDC, or PCORI funding.

Salary Range

Base pay is commensurate with experience. Stipend will be determined by the number of full years of relevant postdoctoral experience, as established by NIH guidelines.

Applicant Special Instructions

Please do not apply through Workday. All candidates must submit their applications through the following portal: https://sites.wustl.edu/lead/apply/ .


Pre-Employment Screening
All external candidates receiving an offer for employment will be required to submit to pre-employment screening for this position. The screenings will include criminal background check and, as applicable for the position, other background checks, drug screen, an employment and education or licensure/certification verification, physical examination, certain vaccinations and/or governmental registry checks. All offers are contingent upon successful completion of required screening.


Benefits Statement
Washington University in St. Louis is committed to providing a comprehensive and competitive benefits package to our employees. Benefits eligibility is subject to employment status, full-time equivalent (FTE) workload, and weekly standard hours. Please visit our website at https://hr.wustl.edu/benefits/ to view a summary of benefits.


EEO/AA Statement
Washington University is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to an individual’s sex, race, color, religion, age, disability status, protected veteran status, national or ethnic origin, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation. Women, minorities, protected veterans and the disabled are strongly encouraged to apply.


Diversity Statement
Washington University is dedicated to building a diverse community of individuals who are committed to contributing to an inclusive environment – fostering respect for all and welcoming individuals from diverse backgrounds, experiences and perspectives. Individuals with a commitment to these values are encouraged to apply.

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