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NEW Postdoc in Substance Use Recovery Support Services at OSLC

News Date: Tuesday, October 13, 2020 - 08:00

Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Substance Use Recovery Support Services at the Oregon Social Learning Center

A two-year postdoctoral fellowship position is available for individuals interested in a career conducting research on recovery support services for adults with substance use disorders. The fellow will work directly with Drs. Ashli Sheidow and Michael McCart in achieving the aims of NIH-, foundation-, and state-funded research projects. This postdoctoral fellow will primarily work on a NIDA-funded Initiative (R24DA051950) focused on two populations: (1) emerging adults and (2) adults of any age involved with the justice system. This Initiative seeks to advance research on the efficacy/effectiveness of recovery support services, specifically peer supports and recovery residences. Including individuals with lived experiences (i.e., in recovery from substance use and/or formerly involved with the adult or juvenile justice system) is a high priority for all Initiative activities.

Beyond the Initiative activities, integration into other projects will be based on the fellow’s interests and training needs. There are currently multiple NIDA and NIMH projects that involve a variety of high-risk populations, such as adolescents and emerging adults with mental health and substance use issues and adolescents and adults involved with the justice system, and that employ various research designs, such as a stepped-wedge cluster randomized trial, multi-site randomized trial, task-shifting experimental trial, and experimental mediation trial. Potential for future employment as an OSLC Research Scientist is contingent upon performance and availability of funding.

Role of the Postdoctoral Fellow: As an essential member of the investigative team, you will...

  • Conduct advanced grant-funded research: plan data collection and advanced statistical analysis; ensure fidelity of intervention implementation and stakeholder engagement; develop training curricula and supervise intervention implementation; collaborate with a project coordinator on project-related tasks; assist in training and supervising data collection staff; and assist with dissemination of research results

  • Be supported in pursuing own extramural funding (e.g., an NIH K-series award or diversity supplement) and attend

    trainings designed to launch own independently-funded research career

  • Serve as primary author or co-author for journal articles and chapters for publication

  • Write or assist with writing grant progress reports and new grant applications

  • Attend professional conferences for continuing education and for dissemination of study results

  • Have the opportunity to obtain supervised clinical hours toward licensure

    Position Requirements: In order to meet the demands of the position, you must have...
    • A Ph.D. in psychology, education, public health, or a related field (degree must be attained by the position start date) • Experience working as part of an investigative team
    • Experience with training and supervision of clinical and/or research teams
    • Experience writing journal articles
    • Training in human subjects’ research protocols and ethical conduct of research
    • Experience using statistical techniques and software (e.g., SPSS)
    • Preferred: Lived experience (in recovery from substance use and/or formerly involved with the justice system)

    Starting Date: As soon as January 2021 and as late as July 2021
    Salary & Benefits: $52,704—$57,456 (based on education & experience), plus an excellent benefits package, up to $3,000 for moving expenses, and up to $3,000 per year for training and professional meetings

    Quality of Life:

  • Flex time scheduling, work-life balance scheduling 

  • Close proximity to University of Oregon campus

  • Pay advances at 6-months, then annually

  • Opportunity to bring your dog to work

  • Onsite childcare facilities (if demand is sufficient)

  • Free coffee and tea

  • Mileage reimbursements for work-related trips

  • Telecommuting options for some positions

  • Travel allowances, per diem, hotel, airfare

  • Free parking

  • Cellphone stipend for work-related usage of personal cell phone

​Paid time off:

  • Wellness program (biometric screenings, health club discounts, meditation room, preventive intervention programs, educational opportunities focusing on lifestyle and disease management, financial planning, social gatherings)

  • Holidays, 11 days per year

  • Vacation leave, up to 11 days 1st year, 15 days 2nd year, 21 days 2+ years

  • Sick leave, up to 12 days per year

  • Jury duty leave, up to 20 days per year

  • Bereavement leave, up to 5 days

Insurance Benefits:

  • Medical Insurance with Health Reimbursement Account (HRA)

  • Dental, Pharmacy, and Vision care insurance

  • 125 Cafeteria Plan, Flexible Spending Account and Dependent Care

  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP)

  • Voluntary insurance plans through AFLAC

    Retirement Benefits:

  • Life insurance, 2 times annual salary

  • Accident and Dismemberment Insurance Plan (AD&D)

  • Long-Term Disability (LTD), 2/3rds monthly wage, up to $10,000 per month

  • Voluntary supplemental life insurance for employee and spouse

  • Health insurance benefit conversion at termination (COBRA)

  • 403(b) Retirement Plan, 4% employer contribution with additional 2% match with employee salary deferral

  • Financial advisement through 403(b) Provider

Application Information: If you are interested in this position, please complete the electronic job application on-line at In addition, please submit a cover letter detailing experiences, interests, career goals, and fit with this Initiative ( initiative/); curriculum vitae; one writing sample (e.g., peer-reviewed publication or in-progress empirical manuscript); and contact information for three references (academic supervisors or collaborators).

We will begin reviewing applications starting on November 1st and will continue until the position is filled.

About the OSLC/ODI: OSLC and its sister organization, OSLC Developments, Inc. (ODI), conduct scientific research and develop programs for implementation with the purpose of enhancing the health and wellbeing of vulnerable populations. OSLC focuses primarily on basic, prevention/intervention, and services research, while ODI specializes in dissemination of evidence-based programs and real-world program evaluations. The two organizations engage in work that is symbiotic such that the research at OSLC informs the dissemination and implementation projects conducted by ODI. Both organizations are dedicated to promoting the development, growth, and enhancement of evidence-based programs that make significant impacts on public health. The OSLC currently employs over 120 staff and 22 distinguished scientists who have earned their PhDs in either clinical, developmental, counseling, or school psychology. Each scientist publishes extensively in scientific literature, with over 1,000 publications produced collectively, and regularly presents research at international, national, regional, and/or state conferences. For more information about the center, the scientists, and the current projects, visit

About the City of Eugene, OR: Located a short drive from Oregon’s most populous city, Portland, and its capital, Salem, Eugene is home to a unique cultural atmosphere and a beautiful natural environment. The University of Oregon is the state’s premiere public university and is located within walking distance. Oregon State University and other universities also are located in the region. OSLC and ODI maintain cohesive working relationships with these universities, as well as with the various other freestanding research institutions in the area. The city attracts all types of people, with options for those who enjoy the outdoors, family and public events, a diverse arts and culture scene, and much more. The climate is moderate year-round in the valley where Eugene is situated, but Eugene is a short drive to the beautiful Pacific Coast and to the Cascade mountains for skiing and hiking. The OSLC and ODI are located in downtown Eugene, close to numerous shopping and eateries, but also a few blocks from numerous riverside and butte walking trails. For more information visit

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