Post-Doctoral Fellow - Berger Fellow - Kempe Center

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University of Colorado School of Medicine

University of Colorado Denver l Anschutz Medical Campus

School of Medicine, Department of Pediatrics

Kempe Center for the Prevention and Treatment of Child Abuse and Neglect

Postdoctoral Fellow (Berger Fellow)

Position # 757591 - CU Careers Requisition # 16502    

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The University of Colorado Denver l Anschutz Medical Campus is accepting applications for a full time Post-Doctoral Fellow in the Kempe Center for the Prevention and Treatment of Child Abuse and Neglect.

Following the seminal work of Dr. C. Henry Kempe, the Kempe Center has built a reputation as a world leader in the prevention, identification, and treatment of child abuse and neglect. Center activities include developing and testing new prevention and treatment programs, overseeing the implementation of established evidence-based programs, evaluating and diagnosing children who are suspected victims of abuse and neglect, training professionals, and conducting studies that inform program development and public policy. In addition, the Kempe Center also hosts the Kempe Interdisciplinary Summer Research Institute, a week-long intensive set of courses providing training and research support for multidisciplinary professionals and students. Through funded projects and other collaborations, the Center has partnerships with the Department of Psychiatry, School of Public Health, the Kempe Foundation, the State of Colorado, and the National Foundation to End Child Abuse and Neglect (EndCAN) to name a few. 

The Kempe Center is a section of the Department of Pediatrics, University of Colorado School of Medicine.  The University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus is a public research university serving more than 18,000 students. We award nearly 4,000 degrees each year, including more graduate and professional degrees than any other Colorado institution. With our solid academic reputation, award-winning faculty and renowned researchers, we offer more than 140 highly rated degree programs through 13 schools and colleges. The university receives over $400 million in research awards each year. In addition to the wide array of health-related programs and facilities offered at CU Anschutz in Aurora, Colo. a significant number of undergraduate and graduate degree programs are taught at CU Denver, our comprehensive campus in the heart of downtown Denver-one of America's most vibrant urban centers. CU Denver is located steps from the Denver Center for Performing Arts and the LoDo District affording our students, faculty and staff access to a broad array of academic, professional, community, recreational and cultural outlets.

The University also houses the Developmental Psychobiology Research Group (DPRG), an interdisciplinary group of developmental researchers in the Denver area which has been continuously funded by an NIH training grant for over 30 years.  These researchers meet regularly to share their ideas and knowledge with the goals of mutual stimulation, collaboration and support. Members of DPRG include psychologists, physicians, and biologists, as well as members of other disciplines who are engaged in research related to developmental processes. The School of Medicine is also home to the Adult and Child Consortium for Health Outcomes Research and Delivery Science (ACCORDS) and the Harris Infant Mental Health Program.

The CU Anschutz campus is also home to the Colorado School of Public Health where our expert faculty and students are changing the way public health professionals train and address the complex health issues spanning countries and cultures. The CSPH is redefining the way that public health issues are approached—working across systems to prevent and mitigate the impact of disease and injury. The CSPH research programs span the range of research in community health and violence prevention to epidemiology, including the epidemiology of child maltreatment and Kempe faculty share joint appointments with the school.

The Kempe Center and the Department of Pediatrics both have a strong affiliation with The Children’s Hospital, which hosts weekly pediatric and psychiatry grand rounds, continuing education courses, and ethics seminars, all of which are available to our researchers.  The Department of Pediatrics is consistently ranked among the best in the nation. The Children’s Hospital houses one of the six NIH-sponsored Pediatric Clinical Translational Research Centers (CTRC). For 45 years, the CTRC has provided resources, training and infrastructure to faculty members who conduct exceptional clinical research. The CTRC receives approximately $3.6 million annually in direct NIH funding, which helps to support the more than 150 research protocols that are active at the Center at any one time.


PLEASE NOTE: Candidates may be responsible for travel expenses related to the interview process and any relocation expenses, if applicable.

Salary and Benefits:

Salary will be commensurate with NIH post-doctoral funding guidelines. This position is not eligible for overtime compensation.

The University of Colorado offers a full benefits package. Information on University benefits programs, including eligibility, is located at Employee Services.

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Diversity and Equity:

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The University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus is committed to recruiting and supporting a diverse student body, faculty and administrative staff. The university strives to promote a culture of inclusiveness, respect, communication and understanding. We encourage applications from women, ethnic minorities, persons with disabilities and all veterans. The University of Colorado is committed to diversity and equality in education and employment.


Nature of Work:

This is a full-time (1.0FTE), 2-year postdoctoral research fellowship designed to support the development of a Fellow who wishes to become an independent investigator in the field of child maltreatment and/or child welfare. The Fellow is expected to assist and collaborate on projects and programs at the Center, engage in scholarly activities, and participate in coursework, workshops and seminars toward the development of an independent program of research. There may also be opportunities to collaborate with several multidisciplinary, multi-university research groups, as well as clinical supervision. In addition, the Fellow will have opportunities to publish and to apply for external funding sources.

Current research projects at the Kempe Center focus on children who are at risk for or have experienced child maltreatment and/or other types of child trauma as well as youth-serving systems including child welfare, community mental health, and policy development. The recent projects, funded by both federal and local grants, have tested interventions in randomized controlled trials, conducted developmental risk research, evaluated effective strategies for community-based implementation of evidence-based child abuse and mental health practices, and studied the impact of major child welfare policies on the health, mental health, and development of youth.

Areas of Responsibility / Scope of Research:

Specific duties will vary depending on Fellow's interests, skill set, and current projects and needs at the Kempe Center. Faculty and program mentors will work with the Fellow to design a curriculum of educational activities and specific set of expectations including instructional activities, scholarly products, and Center program support activities. See examples below.


Examples of Work Performed:

  • Participate in grant writing
  • Data management and analysis
  • Grant based activities
  • Community training and program development activities
  • Collaborate with several multidisciplinary, multi-university research groups
  • Apply for internal/external funding
  • Participate in coursework, workshops, and seminars
  • Seminar development and some teaching
  • Minimum Requirements:

  • Graduation from an accredited college or university with a doctorate and/or MD in one of these fields of study: psychology, behavioral sciences, psychiatry, public health, epidemiology, medicine, demography, social work, or other related field
  • Prior research experience in area(s) of child/adolescent development, mental health research, intervention development, epidemiology, health or social service policy, implementation/dissemination research, or related fields 
  • Prior experience with computer software including Microsoft Office products, reference products (e.g., EndNote) and one or more statistical software packages (e.g., SPSS, SAS, R)
  • Preferred Qualifications:

  • Prior experience specifically in the area of child maltreatment research
  • Prior publication experience
  • Prior experience working on funded research
  • Competencies - Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to work independently within a research setting
  • Strong research skills and reasoning ability
  • Ability to manage time effectively while concurrently working on multiple projects
  • Ability to publish scholarly works and submit for research funding
  • Conditions of Employment:

  • Must successfully pass a 10-panel drug test through Children's Hospital Colorado
  • Must be willing and able to pass a national criminal and sex-offender background check

  • Job Category: Faculty
    Primary Location: Aurora
    Schedule: Full-time
    Posting Date: Jul 16, 2019
    Unposting Date: Ongoing




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    Posted: 7/17/2019
    Application Due: 1/22/2020
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