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  • Post Doc Research Associate (16018B)
    University of Utah

    Postdoctoral Fellow in Biobehavioral Clinical Research on Mindfulness as a Treatment for Chronic Pain and Opioid Misuse

    Eric Garland, PhD, Director of the Center on Mindfulness and Integrative Health Intervention Development (C-MIIND) and Associate Dean for Research at the University of Utah College of Social Work, is seeking postdoctoral fellows to support federally-funded, biobehavioral clinical research on mindfulness-based interventions for chronic pain and prescription opioid misuse at C-MIIND, which currently oversees more than $25 million in NIH DOD, and PCORI-funded studies. In particular, fellows will help conduct randomized clinical trials (RCTs) and psychophysiological research on Mindfulness-Oriented Recovery Enhancement (MORE), a manualized intervention for addiction, stress-related conditions, and chronic pain. For additional information on MORE and current research, see

    College, University, and Environment: As a major research and teaching university—and the flagship of the Utah System of Higher Education—the University of Utah strives to create an academic environment in which the highest standards of scholarship, professional practice and teaching are observed. The University is located in Salt Lake City, at the base of the Wasatch Mountains, providing ready access to world class outdoor recreational opportunities.

    The Center on Mindfulness and Integrative Health Intervention Development at the University of Utah College of Social Work has a number of excellent research facilities, including the state-of-the-art Bridge Training Clinic, consisting of four therapy rooms with one-way mirrors and videotaping capacity for behavioral observation and coding, as well as a complete psychophysiological laboratory for assessment of neurocognitive and neuroaffective mechanisms of therapeutic change.

    University of Utah Job ID# PRN16018B, C-MIIND

    WORK SCHEDULE: Full-time, 40 hours/week.

    COMPENSATION: $47,000 - $50,000/year DOE. Strong benefit package including tuition reduction program, generous leave accrual, retirement and health plan options.

    Postdoctoral fellows will assist with the following duties: a) manuscript preparation from existing datasets; b) delivering mindfulness, CBT, and other behavioral interventions to study participants; c) clinical data collection; d) psychophysiological data collection (autonomic, EEG, and fMRI measures); e) data analysis; and f) designing and implementing new translational research studies. Postdoctoral fellows will be trained to implement MORE and other mindfulness-based interventions, Fellows will also have opportunities to coauthor multiple scientific articles from existing primary datasets and write federal grants leveraging the resources and interdisciplinary connections of the College of Social Work, which extend into Psychiatry, Psychology, Neuroscience, Oncology, Public Health, Anesthesiology, Family Medicine, and Nursing, among other departments.

    QUALIFICATIONS: Dr. Garland is seeking fellows with a PhD in Clinical Psychology, Social Work, Nursing, or a related discipline. Applicants must have good scientific writing skills with a solid publication record, clinical research experience, and strong quantitative data analytic skills.

    PREFERENCES: Applicants with clinical experience (e.g., treatment of mental health, addiction, and/or chronic pain), a clinical license (or license eligible), previous experience with mindfulness, psychophysiological data collection/analysis (e.g., EEG, HRV, fMRI, eye tracking, etc.), and previous study coordination experience on Federally-funded studies will be given preference.

    APPLICATION PROCESS: Review of applications will begin immediately and the position will be open until filled. Applicants should provide cover letter, curriculum vitae, list of three professional references, and published writing sample(s). Inquiries regarding the position may be directed to Dr. Eric Garland, PhD, Associate Dean for Research, at, 801-581-3826.


    The University of Utah is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer. Upon request, reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to individuals with disabilities. Please contact the Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action, 201 S. Presidents Cr., Rm 135, (801) 581-8365 (V/TDD), for further information or to request an accommodation. The University of Utah is committed to diversity in its workforce. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.
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