A postdoctoral position is available on an ongoing NIH-funded study at the University of Pittsburgh Center for Sleep and Circadian Science. The study examines the role of delayed sleep phase in increasing risk for adolescent substance use and mood dysregulation. The study employs ecological momentary assessment (EMA) methods, laboratory-based circadian phase assessments, and neuroimaging to characterize the risk profile associated with adolescent delayed sleep phase. The study is also probing whether risk is diminished via a chronotherapeutic intervention.
The successful candidate is expected to take a leadership role in the research project. The individual will be encouraged to develop personal research aligned with the broad goals of the primary investigator and collaborators. This position provides the opportunity to work and learn in an outstanding research environment and a highly collaborative and collegial community, including the Department of Psychiatry and the Center for Sleep and Circadian Science. Other benefits include active mentoring by the primary investigator and relevant co-mentor(s), as well as additional research and career development training in the context of an ongoing postdoctoral fellowship program in multidisciplinary research training in sleep medicine.
Responsibilities will include assisting at multiple phases of the study, including conducting diagnostic interviews (including psychiatric, sleep, and substance-oriented structured interviews) and delivering the chronotherapeutic intervention. The postdoctoral associate will also have play a key role in data analysis (potentially including fMRI data) and dissemination via manuscripts and presentations at national meetings.
Candidates should have a Ph.D. and a strong background in clinical psychology or related discipline with a research emphasis. Proficiency or prior experience in conducting diagnostic interviews, as well as analyzing sleep, circadian, and/or neuroimaging data is highly desirable. In addition, the candidate should be (1) fluent in written and spoken English, with excellent oral and written communication skills, (2) be able to work both independently and as part of a team, and (3) be hard-working, motivated, and eager to learn.
The position is open with a flexible start date. If interested, please send CV, letter describing research interests and goals, and the names and contact information for 3 references to Dr. Brant Hasler at [email protected]