Mar 07, 2019

Post-Doctoral Fellow, Human Laboratory and Psychopharmacology Research in Addictions

  • University of Toronto, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health
  • Toronto, ON, Canada
Postdoc Abnormal Addictive Behaviors Biopsychology Clinical Cognitive Experimental Postdoctoral Psychopathology Psychopharmacology

Job Description

The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) is a dynamic, academically oriented hospital that promotes integration of research and clinical care. Fully affiliated with the University of Toronto, CAMH is Canada’s largest mental health research and teaching institute and a World Health Organization (WHO) collaborating site. Research at CAMH aims to translate understanding of the causes of mental illness and addictions into more effective treatments.

The Biobehavioral Alcohol Research Lab is seeking a highly motivated postdoctoral fellow to contribute to human laboratory and psychopharmacology research projects in the area of addictive behaviors. The primary role of the fellow will be to assist with implementation of projects utilizing laboratory-based methods (e.g., drug challenge, drug self-administration) to investigate risk and protective factors for alcohol use disorder and to evaluate candidate pharmacotherapies. Roles will include participating in the management of grant-funded projects and pilot projects, assisting in the development of study protocols, supervision of undergraduate and graduate research assistants, and leadership in data analysis and manuscript preparation. The Fellow will also have access to various academic and training experiences at CAMH and the University of Toronto.

The successful candidate will have obtained a Ph.D. in clinical psychology, cognitive psychology, pharmacology, neuroscience, or a closely related discipline as of the start date. Experience with relevant human subjects research (e.g., substance use, behavioral pharmacology) is required.

A demonstrated record of independent scientific productivity, as evidenced by a strong history of first-author, peer-review publications, is required. Evidence of strong quantitative skills is preferred. Experience with clinical assessments, including structured interviews (e.g., SCID), self-report-rating scales, personality inventories, and/or neuropsychological testing is an asset. Experience in managing regulated projects/clinical trials is preferred. The ideal candidate will be highly motivated to obtain an independent scientist or faculty position within the next 2-3 years.

The successful candidate will possess excellent attention to detail, strong communication, interpersonal and leadership skills, and will be responsive to deadlines and performance feedback. Candidates must possess a strong ability for self-directed learning and the production of independent scholarly work. The ability to work effectively in a fast-paced research environment with minimal supervision is essential, as is the ability to effectively lead and direct other project assistants and to collaborate effectively with a multidisciplinary research team.

This is a 12-month, full-time, contract position. Subsequent fellowship support may be available, but is not guaranteed. Applicants will be encouraged and supported to apply for independent funding (e.g., CIHR) in the first fellowship year. The position start date is negotiable between April 1 and September 1, 2019. The starting salary for this position is $55,000 CAD. Due to being classified as a non-permanent trainee position, this position does not include a specified benefits package. Non-Canadian applicants are welcome to apply.

To apply please send a current CV, a statement of interest, and contact information for three professional references to Dr. Christian Hendershot ( Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.


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