Sep 10, 2018

Post-Doctoral Fellowships in Traumatic Stress Research

  • National Crime Victims Research and Treatment Center at the Medical University of South Carolina
  • Charleston, SC, USA
Full time Child/Adolescent Clinical Health Disparities Postdoctoral PTSD Research Traumatic Stress/Adversity

Job Description

The National Crime Victims Research and Treatment Center (NCVC) in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) is seeking applications for its NIMH-funded T-32 post-doctoral research training program, Basic & Translational Research Training in Traumatic Stress Across the Lifespan (T32MH018869). This program is in its 31rst year of funding. It is anticipated that a up to four fellows will be selected for the 2019-2020 year. The NCVC offers post-doctoral fellowship training for entry level and/or experienced mental health professionals who want to develop the clinical research skills necessary to pursue an independent research career in the field of traumatic stress, with a particular emphasis on civilian trauma.  Stipends are based on NIH-designated levels. Successful applicants will demonstrate a strong commitment to a career in clinical science and must hold a doctoral degree in psychology, psychiatry, social work, or similar field.

The NCVC fellowship training program is designed to produce clinical scientists skilled in strategies to investigate the impact of traumatic events upon adults and children. Our comprehensive research training program provides trainees with mentorship, coursework, seminars, mental health treatment experiences, and research training necessary to conduct competent, interdisciplinary, and translational traumatic stress research.  All fellows will have a primary faculty mentor and a co-mentor in a complementary field. Co-mentors will be jointly identified by the fellow and the training faculty, based on training needs, and may include Ph.D.s and M.D.s with a broad range of scientific expertise including (but not limited to) developmental psychopathology, neuroscience, behavioral and molecular genetics, mental health disparities, substance abuse, HIV prevention, treatment efficacy, and dissemination and implementation research. The NCVC has a number of major extramurally-funded projects that include community studies of exposure to traumatic events and risk of mental disorders, studies of resilience following exposure to disasters, treatment development and randomized clinical trials (RCTs), and projects addressing translation and dissemination of effective treatments to clinical practice (including mobile and web-based translations).

The NCVC is a division of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at MUSC in Charleston, SC. The affiliation with a strong academic department (consistently ranked in the top 10 in the country for NIH funding across US Departments of Psychiatry) complements the outstanding post-doctoral training available through the NCVC fellowship. NCVC faculty includes 11 doctoral level professionals who are energetic and enthusiastic participants in the fellowship training program.  Several additional core faculty from other Departments (e.g., Neuroscience) and Divisions in Psychiatry at MUSC (e.g., Addiction Sciences, Brain Stimulation Lab, Global and Community Health) who specialize in traumatic stress research also are involved as primary and secondary mentors for post docs. Applicants are encouraged to visit for overviews of the NCVC faculty’s research.

Charleston is a beautiful, historic, diverse ocean-side city with fun and interesting things to do and see.  Beaches, boating, fishing, golf, and other outdoor amenities combine with a strong value of historic and environmental preservation and a relatively low cost of living to produce a wonderful place to live and work. Charleston has been named the No. 1 City in the U.S. and Canada by Travel+Leisure’s World’s Best Awards, as well as No. 1 U.S. City for the fourth consecutive year by the readers of Condé Nast Traveler.

Applications must include: a) a letter outlining the basis of your interest in the fellowship and goals for advanced research training in traumatic stress research (inclusive of long term career goals); b) an updated C.V.; c) any p/reprints (minimum of one) you feel would help to demonstrate your research proficiency; and d) a list of 3 names (and contact information) for individuals who may serve as references for your research and work. Please note, we are not asking for letters of recommendation at this time. We may request this information at a later date.  In considering research interests and goals for the fellowship training, interested applicants are encouraged to review current NIMH research priorities:  We encourage applications from women and underrepresented ethnic, racial, and cultural groups, sexual minorities, and from people with disabilities. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents.

Please electronically email application materials BY 5:00pm ON FRIDAY, OCTOBER 5 to:

Carla Kmett Danielson, Ph.D., Director of Training


National Crime Victims Research and Treatment Center at the Medical University of South Carolina



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