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Post-Doctoral Associate Position Opening at the Lavender Lab - UMD

News Date: Monday, December 12, 2022 - 14:15

Post-Doctoral Associate


The Lavender Lab, located in the Department of Psychology at the University of Maryland College Park (UMD), is seeking a full-time Post-Doctoral Associate to join our team. The Lavender Lab conducts NIH-funded research on the psychological, social, and cultural determinants of health for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ+) individuals and Black, Indigenous, and People of color (BIPOC). The Post-Doctoral Associate will be primarily involved in the Lavender Lab’s ongoing experimental and experience sampling research activities focusing on adolescents and young adults. They will also assist with an NIH-funded R01 study of intersectional stress and substance use among BIPOC LGBTQ+ adolescents.


This position is a one-year appointment, and opportunities for renewal are available based on performance and funding. The position has a flexible start date, including Spring, Summer, or Fall 2023. The position will be based at the University of Maryland, College Park, the flagship campus of University of Maryland, located only 5 miles outside of Washington DC, and 30 miles from Baltimore, MD.

Essential functions of the position include but are not limited to: 

▪       Management, coordination, and implementation of ongoing and new research studies 

▪       Supervision and mentorship of research staff

▪       Data management and analysis of intensive longitudinal (e.g., ecological momentary assessment and daily diary studies) and experimental data

▪       Dissemination of research findings (e.g., manuscript preparation)

▪       Grant preparation and grant report writing 

▪       Management of IRB submissions 

▪       Review and maintenance of study protocols and data collection surveys 

▪       Assistance with other research and administrative responsibilities to support the lab’s activities 


Necessary qualifications include: 1) A doctoral degree in psychology, public health, or other fields of study related to the lab’s research; 2) record of research productivity and scholarship; 3) strong skills and demonstrated experience in conducting advanced quantitative analyses (e.g., multilevel modeling, multilevel structural equation modeling); 4) excellent organizational, communication, and interpersonal skills; and 5) strong academic writing skills. 


Applicants who have experience working in or conducting research with LGBTQ+ and BIPOC communities from intersectionality, social justice, and cultural humility approaches will be given strongest consideration. Prior experience conducting experimental and/or experience sampling research methods is highly preferred. Ideal candidates are motivated, eager to learn, able to work independently but seek consultation when needed, able to manage time and multiple tasks, and detail-oriented.


Opportunities to apply for grant funding during the postdoctoral position are available. Clinical supervision for licensure will be available. 


Application: Interested applicants should email Dr. Ethan Mereish ( with the subject line "Post-Doctoral Associate Application" with the following: 1) a letter of interest; 2) CV; and 3) contact info for 3 references. Email inquiries and questions are welcome.  


Deadline: Applications will be reviewed as they are received until the position is filled. 


Compensation: The salary is at the standard NIH levels for post-doctoral research fellows. 


Offers of employment are contingent on completion of a background check. A prior criminal conviction or convictions will not automatically disqualify a finalist from employment in the position.

The University of Maryland has made the safety of our students, faculty and staff, and our surrounding communities a top priority. As part of that commitment, the University System of Maryland (USM) recently announced that students, faculty, and staff on USM campuses this fall, including UMD, are required to be vaccinated against COVID. As a prospective and/or a new employee at UMD, you will be required to comply with the University’s vaccination protocol. Proof of full vaccination will be required before the start of employment in order to work at any University of Maryland location. Prospective or new employees may seek a medical or religious exemption to the vaccination requirement at and must have an approved exemption prior to the start of their employment. Failure to provide proof of vaccination or to obtain approval for a medical or religious exemption will result in the offer of employment being rescinded.

The University of Maryland is an Equal Employment/Affirmative Action employer. We do not discriminate in hiring on the basis of sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, color, religious creed, national origin, physical or mental disability, protected Veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law.

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