Postdoctoral Fellow – Community-Based Substance Use Research

Boston, Massachusetts
$55,000 - $75,000 + benefits
October 09 2018
Position Type
Full Time
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Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School

Postdoctoral Fellow – Community-Based Substance Use Research

Center for Addiction Medicine – Boston, MA

Postdoctoral researcher needed at the Center for Addiction Medicine in the Department of Psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School to participate in community-based, translational research on substance use in vulnerable populations, including children/adolescents and patients with serious mental illness. Fellow will work on two ongoing trials including, (1) a PCORI-funded large pragmatic clinical trial to determine whether academic detailing and health outreach worker support to patients and providers will improve smoking cessation rates in people with serious mental illness, and (2) an NIH-funded clinical trial designed to examine the effects of cannabis abstinence on learning and neurocognition among adolescents in school-based settings across the greater Boston area. Multi-disciplinary approaches include, but are not limited to psychopharmacologic treatment delivery, behavioral assessments, genetic analyses, pharmacological modeling, cognitive testing, and clinical outcomes. In addition to hands-on conduct of research protocols, duties will also include clinical supervision, manuscript preparation, presentation of findings at conferences, and management of research assistants. Fellow will participate actively in ongoing research and grant submissions, and will be encouraged to develop an independent, related line of inquiry through conduct of pilot projects, preparation of publications and presentations using new and existing datasets, and submission of independent research grant. 


Candidates should have a PhD/MD or equivalent degree. Licensed clinicians strongly preferred. Excellent analytic skills and verbal/written communication skills are required. Qualified applicants should also have a strong interest in public health as demonstrated by a track record of relevant first-author research papers published in peer-reviewed journals. We are looking for highly motivated, self-driven, creative, and interactive scientists who have high potential for an independent research career. 

Send a CV, statement of research background and interests, and arrange for 3 letters of recommendation to be sent to:  Randi Schuster, PhD, Director of Neuropsychology at the MGH Center for Addiction Medicine, 101 Merrimac Street, Suite 320, Boston, MA 02114; Email: