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Post Doc Research Fellow

University of North Dakota
Grand Forks, North Dakota, United States

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Post Doc Research Fellow
    Grand Forks, North Dakota, United States
    Full-time Faculty
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          • 50,000-55,000 /year, Exempt
          • 40 hours per week
          • 100% Remote Work Availability: No
          • Hybrid Work Availability: No

          The University of North Dakota (UND) is a public research university founded with a strong liberal arts foundation. UND has grown into a prominent scientific research university, classified by the Carnegie Foundation as having high research activity. UND was recently ranked among the top 100 public and top 25 most innovative universities in the country by U.S. News and World Report, and is widely regarded as among the top universities in the American Northern Plains region. Currently, the University boasts 200+ fields of study with nearly 15,000 students. UND is located in Grand Forks, North Dakota, a vibrant college town of over 50,000 people located on the border of North Dakota and Minnesota. Grand Forks boasts high quality medical facilities, a very low crime rate, many fine restaurants, acclaimed public and private schools, and annual events throughout the year. Ranked as one of the top 5 Best Small College Towns, and America’s Best Hockey Town, Grand Forks offers stellar quality of life without the metropolitan hassles.

          Purpose of Position

          The University of North Dakota invites applications for one two-year Postdoctoral Researcher position focused on Integrated Behavioral Health (IBH) to begin Summer/Fall of 2023. The postdoctoral fellow will work directly with faculty conducting research on pediatric psychology/pediatric integrated behavioral health aligned with UND’s Behavioral Health Strategic Initiative. The appointment will be full-time and benefitted with funds available for conference travel/professional development, and a flexible start date of no later than August 16th, 2023.

          UND’s Behavioral Health Strategic Initiative includes collaboration from the colleges of Education and Human Development, Arts and Sciences, and Nursing. Opportunities will be presented for collaboration across the initiative on research and external funding proposals. The postdoctoral research associate will be encouraged to develop at least one independent project and contribute to multiple external funding proposals.

          The fellow in Pediatric Psychology/Pediatric Integrated Behavioral Health will conduct clinical research focused on integrated behavioral health for children, adolescents, and families. Specific projects may include implementation of pediatric integrated behavioral health in rural settings, treatment seeking and interventions for pediatric behavioral sleep difficulties, and play-based assessment and intervention (e.g., cognitive behavioral interventions for pediatric populations, screening for autism spectrum disorder symptoms). Opportunities will be provided for protocol development, implementation of clinical assessment and interventions as part of research protocols, manuscript preparation, grant writing, and development of independent research projects.
          Experience with pediatric psychology, behavioral sleep medicine, integrated behavioral health, autism spectrum disorder, advanced statistical methods, or grant writing and a doctoral degree in Clinical or Counseling Psychology from an APA-approved program is preferred.

          The postdoctoral fellow will receive one-on-one mentoring with the faculty mentor, ample opportunities to be engaged in all aspects of the research process, involvement in manuscript preparation and grant writing, experience supervising other research assistants, and professional/career development. The opportunity to obtain supervised clinical hours is available.
          The University of North Dakota is extremely well-situated to become a national and international leader in the unique behavioral health needs of rural communities. As the lead institution and co-collaborator on two SAMHSA Region 8 Technology Transfer Centers (Addictions and Mental Health), UND has already demonstrated a unique ability to provide leadership and training to rural provider communities. The next step is to fully develop our capacity for research in behavioral health and addiction sciences via the Behavioral Health Strategic Initiative—a cross-college collaboration among the College of Education and Human Development (Counseling Psychology), the College of Nursing and Professional Disciplines (Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner), and the College of Arts & Sciences (Psychology). This postdoctoral position would be housed within the Behavioral Health Strategic Initiative

          Duties & Responsibilities

          The successful applicant will help advance UND’s capacity to conduct research in the area of integrated behavioral health with a focus on the pursuit of external funding. While receiving formal mentorship, the postdoctoral researcher will be engaged in the following three interrelated tasks:

          1. Develop and submit collaborative external grant proposals focused on rural and behavioral health.
          2. Contribute to ongoing projects as well as develop ideas for new collaborations and research initiatives in the area of integrated behavioral health.
          3. Collect and analyze data related to behavioral health, leading to publications and presentations
          Required Competencies
          • Quantitative data analysis skills using SPSS or similar programs
          • APA style manuscript writing
          • Ability to work both independently and as part of a team with strong interpersonal skills
          • Strong oral and written communication skills
          Minimum Requirements
          • A doctoral degree conferred by time of appointment in psychology, public health, social
            work, or a related field.
          • Quantitative and/or qualitative research and evaluation skills/experience.
          • Evidence of research and scholarship potential (publications, professional conference
          • Successful completion of criminal history records check

          In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the US and to complete the required employment eligibility verification form upon hire.

          Preferred Qualifications
          • Experience with integrated behavioral health research or a related area
          • Strong record of peer-reviewed publications
          • Experience developing grant funding proposals
          • Experience with obtaining human subject’s approvals
          To Apply

          To assure full consideration, applications must be received by 04/15/2023 and include the following materials:

          • Cover letter describing research interests and career goals
          • Curriculum vitae
          • Sample publication or manuscript under review/in preparation
          • Names and contact information for three professional references

          Questions can be directed to Dr. Karla Fehr (

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