Mar 07, 2019

Post-Doctoral Fellow, Clinical and Psychosocial Research in Addictions

  • University of Toronto, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health
  • Toronto, ON, Canada
Postdoc Addictive Behaviors Clinical Health Personality Postdoctoral Psychopharmacology Quantitative

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 clinical and psychosocial research in the area of substance use disorders. The primary role of the fellow will be to assist with the implementation of research projects utilizing clinical, survey and quantitative methods to study risk and protective factors for substance use disorders in young populations, clinical aspects of substance use disorders in treatment-seeking populations, and/or epidemiological aspects of substance use and related disorders. 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.

A Ph.D. in clinical or health psychology, health sciences, public health, or a closely related field as of the fellowship start date is required. A demonstrated record of independent scientific productivity, as evidenced by a strong history of first-author, peer-review publications, is required. At least 3 years of human subjects research in the area of substance use disorders is also required. Proficiency in advanced statistical modeling (for example, structural equation modeling, growth mixture modeling, hierarchical linear modeling, meta analysis) is strongly 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 with mixed-method approaches is also an asset. 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.


University of Toronto


Centre for Addiction and Mental Health

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