October 14, 2015

Postdoc in Substance Use and Mental Health Research, Univ. So. Cal

Postdoctoral Fellowship in Substance Use and Mental Health Research
University of Southern California
Health, Emotion, & Addiction Laboratory
Los Angeles, CA

The University of Southern California Health, Emotion, & Addiction Laboratory (USC-HEAL; heal.usc.edu) is recruiting candidates for a postdoctoral fellowship position. The postdoctoral fellow will join a team of investigators carrying out a NIDA-funded longitudinal study on trajectories of psychopathology and substance use in 3500 adolescents.  This study collects rich data on sociodemographic and sociocultural characteristics, personality traits, externalizing and internalizing symptoms, and health behaviors as well as detailed data on e-cigarette and other tobacco product use, cannabis use, and use of various licit and illicit drugs.  The primary aim of the fellowship is to provide the candidate with opportunities to lead and collaborate on data analysis and papers with this dataset under the mentorship of the study PI, Adam Leventhal, Ph.D., and study Co-Investigators.  The position also provides training in building an independent research program, grant writing, and other career development activities.  The ideal candidate would possess outstanding writing ability, excellent data analytic skills (preferably in longitudinal modeling), and an interest in pursuing a career in addiction and/or mental health research.  

USC-HEAL is a dynamic, multi-disciplinary group of faculty, postdoctoral, graduate student, and undergraduate scholars interested in the intersection of mental health, health behavior, and addiction. USC-HEAL is housed within the Keck School of Medicine of USC’s Department of Preventive Medicine and the Institute for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Research (IPR; ipr.usc.edu), which administers an NIH T32 postdoc training program, a Ph.D. program in health behavior research, and a NIH Tobacco Center for Regulatory Science.    

Application review will begin November 15, 2015 and will continue until the position is filled.  Start date is flexible but should be no later than fall 2016. To apply, please send a cover letter, statement of research interests, three paper reprints, and CV and also arrange to have three letters of recommendation sent to: Adam Leventhal adam.leventhal@usc.edu.  All materials should be sent via email.  Candidates are encouraged to contact Dr. Leventhal with questions.

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