Nov 13, 2017

Clinical Research Post-Doctoral position

  • University of Pittsburgh
  • Pittsburgh, PA, USA
Postdoc Abnormal Behavioral Clinical General Lifespan Psychopathology Research

Job Description

This is a multifaceted post-doc opportunity in a lab that has been focusing on the outcomes of very early-onset depressive disorders in the areas of psychosocial functioning and cardiovascular health in multiple generations. An important, parallel line of investigation has targeted maladaptive emotion regulation as a key risk factor for and contributor to clinical depression. The successful candidate will join a multidisciplinary team with a recent emphasis on characterizing  psychosocial and selected physiological features of healthy and maladaptive regulation of sad affect among individuals at various levels of risk for depressive disorders. Our newest project focuses on the longitudinal trajectories of psychological/behavioral and physiological aspects of mood repair up to middle-age among adults with juvenile-onset depressive disorders (and healthy controls), and the role of decision making in emotion regulation.

The successful applicant will be responsible for overseeing all diagnostic assessments and assuring quality control, along with coordinating various other aspects of the project. The incumbent also will be expected to conduct research clinical interviews with adults and arrive at DSM diagnoses: if required, he/she also will receive clinical supervision that can be used toward license certification. Training opportunities include learning about cardiac psychophysiology and its assessment (mainly autonomic nervous system processes) and improving skills relevant to publishing scientific articles and producing grant applications. Duties also may include additional tasks.  The candidate also will have the opportunity to be involved in multiple projects.

Requirements are: doctorate in clinical psychology or related field, 2+ years of clinical exposure including experience with standardized diagnostic assessment procedures, preferably in psychiatric settings; 2-3 years of experience in an academic clinical research setting, preferably in research coordination, and familiarity with the clinical and experimental literature on depression. Excellent communication, problem-solving, time management, and supervisory skills are essential. A multi-year commitment is expected.

Qualified candidates may submit their CV and three (3) letters of recommendation via email: to or by mail to Dr. Maria Kovacs, Childhood Depression Research Program, 3811 O’Hara Street, Pittsburgh, PA  15213. Applicants will be considered until the position is filled. The University of Pittsburgh is an Affirmative-Action and Equal Opportunity employer.

Hiring Company

University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine



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