Oct 28, 2021

Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship

  • Divine Mercy University
  • Sterling, VA, USA
Full time Clinical Education Health Postdoctoral Research Research Methods

Job Description

Divine Mercy University - Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship - Divine Mercy University and McLean/Harvard Collaboration Research

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The Institute for the Psychological Sciences at Divine Mercy University (DMU), in collaboration with McLean Hospital, the largest psychiatric affiliate of Harvard Medical School, is pleased to invite applications for a Post-Doctoral Research Fellows in the area of Spirituality and Mental Health. This is an exciting opportunity for an early career researcher to participate in a multi-year, grant-funded research collaboration. The position requires onsite presence and will be based at DMU, in Sterling, VA, and will commence as soon as January 1st, 2022. The post-doctoral position is a full-time, one-year commitment from the start date, with the option to continue in the role depending on funding. It is a 12-month academic schedule and requires the postdoc fellow to be in person at DMU (with sensitivity to mandated COVID restrictions that may emerge). 

The Post-Doctoral Fellow will work under the supervision of Dr. Marmarosh, the lead researcher on this project within our program, and in collaboration with other clinical and research faculty employed at the Institute for the Psychological Sciences, as well as researchers from McLean Hospital. 


Duties of the Post-Doctoral Fellow will include, but not be limited to, the following activities: 

1. Design and implement online survey research protocols, 

2. Track and manage a system of tracking longitudinal patient data,

3. Collect, prepare, and analyze research data (using SPSS, HLM, or other stat packages), 

4. Maintain detailed records of participants and studies, 

5. Develop and update computer datasets (using SPSS), 

6. Develop and present research data at DMU, and at local, national, and international conferences

7. Prepare methods and results sections for peer-review publication in order to disseminate findings. 

8. The Post-Doctoral fellow will also provide supervision and mentorship to 2-3 DMU graduate student research assistants. During the second year of the post-doc, the fellow will also guest lecture in one statistic and one research methods course per academic year to gain teaching experience (there is the possibility for more teaching opportunities depending on experience and desire). In addition, opportunities to supervise and mentor graduate students may be available, depending on interest, needs of the research, and aptitude. 

Desired qualifications:

All Applicants must have a recent doctoral degree in psychology (Ph.D. or Psy.D) or a medical school degree with experience with psycho-oncology (M.H.S or D.O., M.D.), or a solid background in research design, statistics, and data analysis.

1. A strong record of academic achievement including a record of publication in peer-reviewed journals or presentations at national/international conferences (focus on spirituality or psycho-oncology and mental health preferred but not required).

2. Proficiency in clinical research designs (online platforms such as survey monkey ideal) and online data analytic methods (use of SPSS, ability to run univariate and multivariate analyses, Structural Equation Modeling (SEM)/Path Analysis, Longitudinal Analyses, and Factor Analysis). An ideal candidate would also be able to run Hierarchical Linear Modeling (HLM) for nested data and Actor-Partner Interdependence Modeling to examine dyadic analyses over time (but not required).

3. Ability to supervise and mentor research assistants in performing day-to-day research tasks that include weekly research meetings, overseeing data collection, and editing graduate students’ research writing.

4. Excellent written and verbal communication skills and problem-solving skills are critical. The post-doc will be invited to develop first-author manuscripts and to collaborate with well-respected researchers at DMU and McLean/Harvard. 

5. Ability to work collaboratively and flexibly within a multidisciplinary team consisting of researchers, clinicians, and participants. Given the research involves vulnerable populations, patients in psychotherapy, or patients with incurable cancer, it is critical that the post-doc have compassion, empathy, and an ability to foster a safe/trustworthy relationship between the participant and our research team at DMU. 

Application Procedures:

If you are interested in applying, please submit the below material in an email to cmarmarosh.ips@divinemercy.edu

Please use the title, “DMU POSTDOC APP YOUR LAST NAME” Example: “DMU POSTDOC APP MARMAROSH” in the subject line of your email. Please include:

1. Current curriculum vitae, 

2. Unofficial transcripts for all post-secondary
education (undergraduate and post-graduate),

3. Two letters of reference from higher education professionals (these include research mentors, academic professors, or someone who can evaluate your skills listed above- Please be aware that a letter from a clinical supervisor may not speak to the skills required)

4. A cover letter of interest that addresses the applicant’s experience and compatibility with the DMU program.

We will review applications as they are submitted, and then we will contact applicants for interviews. The salary is competitive and includes health benefits and holiday leave. There is additional funding for travel to present research findings and for training that is related to research endeavors.  If you have any questions, please contact the PI, Dr. Cheri Marmarosh at DMU: The email is cmarmarosh.ips@divinemercy.edu.

Divine Mercy University is an Equal Opportunity Employer, actively committed to increasing diversity within its community. As required by the Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended, and the Americans with Disabilities Act, as amended, DMU does not discriminate against applicants on the basis of age, race, sex, religion, color, nationality, ethnic origin, or disability. 


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