The University of Utah Department of Biomedical Informatics has a Postdoctoral Research Fellow available in population and behavioral health informatics. The position is part of the National Library of Medicine (NLM) training grant and is open to trainees with a doctorate in a psychology-related field. Trainees in this category are eligible for funding 1-3 years for advanced informatics training, and requires the completion of an MS degree in informatics unless the candidate already holds a graduate degree in informatics, information science, computer science, or a closely related field. These positions are funded at the NLM stipend support rates (http://www.nlm.nih.gov/ep/
trainingdirectors.html# stipends). The successful candidate will work in a stimulating and dynamic environment with a large group of graduate students and faculty in the first and largest Biomedical Informatics department in the U.S. (http://medicine.utah.edu/bmi/ ). Our Department is one of the University-based Biomedical Informatics Research Training Programs funded by the NLM. Particular areas of interest are depression, suicide, PTSD, anxiety, addiction (particularly tobacco & opioid abuse), and eating disorders.
Example projects could include:
(1) Qualitatively analyzing Reddit opioid abuse posts for determinants of transition from prescription pain medication use to illegal drug use
(2) Providing psychology expertise on a project designed to automatically identify tobacco use trajectories from VA Electronic Health Records
(3) Providing psychological expertise on an NIH funded project to automatically identify depression symptoms from Twitter data
• To conduct population & behavioral health informatics research
• Consultation with faculty on appropriate design and development.
• Work toward independent academic research.
• Supervise graduate students and other staff working in the lab.
• Prepare written reports and publications as primary author and present research findings at regional and national meetings.
• PhD/Doctoral degree in psychology/counseling psychology/clinical psychology
• Publication record appropriate for career stage
• Willingness to coordinate and supervise part of the research work.
• Ability to work in a collaborative environment, with a strong commitment to achieving research goals.
• Willingness to learn informatics skills (e.g. qualitative research, some programming)
• Interest in public mental health and/or the use of technology to improve patient care
• Statement of Research Interests [This can be a brief email consisting of 1 or 2 paragraphs]
• Indicate interest in working with Mike Conway
• Department Supplementary Application Form (available at http://medicine.utah.edu/
As per NLM policy, this position is open to US Citizens or Permanent residents only. The University of Utah is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer.