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Post Doctoral Research Associate in Psychology

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

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Post Doctoral Research Associate in Psychology
    Grand Forks, North Dakota, United States
    Full-time Faculty
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          • Minimum $45,000.00 Annual, Exempt
          • 40 hours per week
          • 100% Remote Work Availability: No
          • Hybrid Work Availability: No
          Purpose of Position

          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 behavioral health in underserved populations.
          2. Contribute to ongoing projects and 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.


          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.

          The University of North Dakota invites applications for a Postdoctoral Researcher position to join UND’s Violence, Identity, and Personality Laboratory (VIP Lab) directed by Dr. Tiffany Russell. The postdoctoral fellow will work directly with Dr. Russell on adult integrated behavioral health research aligned with UND’s Behavioral Health Strategic Initiative. The appointment will be full-time and benefitted. Funds are available for conference travel/ professional development, and there is a flexible start date, with an anticipated start date of January 1, 2024. The initial appointment is for one year and is renewable for a second year, pending annual review of performance and continued availability of funding.

          UND’s Behavioral Health Strategic Initiative includes collaboration from the colleges of Arts and Sciences, Education and Human Development, 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 postdoctoral fellow will conduct clinical research focused on behavioral health in adults, and there will be a specific focus on underserved populations (e.g., LGBTQ+, Indigenous, rural). Projects may include development and implementation of psychotherapeutic interventions for dual diagnoses (e.g., comorbid substance use disorders and personality disorders), assessment of treatment-interfering psychological and behavioral factors (e.g., externalizing behaviors), and psychodiagnostic test development. Projects will generally include aspects of the Alternative Model for Personality Disorders (AMPD), including the development of individual and group interventions for maladaptive personality traits. There will be opportunities for research protocol development, implementation of assessments and interventions in clinical research settings, manuscript preparation, grant writing, and development of independent research projects. Experience with empirically supported treatments, clinical assessment, personality disorders, substance use disorders, psychometrics, advanced statistical methods, and/or grant writing is preferred. A doctoral degree from an APA accredited clinical or counseling psychology program is preferred, although doctoral degrees from related fields will receive full consideration.

          The postdoctoral fellow will receive one-on-one mentoring with Dr. Russell, ample opportunities to be engaged in all aspects of the research process, involvement in manuscript preparation and grant writing, experience supervising research assistants, and professional/career development.

          Duties & Responsibilities
          • Management, coordination, and implementation of ongoing and new research studies
          • Grant preparation and grant report writing
          • Dissemination of research findings (e.g., manuscript preparation)
          • Data management and analysis of quantitative data
          • Supervision and mentorship of research assistants
          • Management of IRB submissions
          • Review and maintain study protocols and data collection surveys
          • Assist with research and administrative responsibilities to support the lab’s activities
          Required Competencies
          • Quantitative data analysis skills using SPSS or similar programs
          • Strong data analytic skills
          • 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 in psychology, public health, counseling, social work, or related field, conferred by time of appointment.
          • Quantitative research and evaluation skills/experience.
          • Evidence of research and scholarship potential (publications, professional conference participation).
          • 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. Official transcripts from the highest awarding educational institution must be provided upon hire.

          Preferred Qualifications

          • Experience with psychological assessment and/or treatment research
          • Strong record of peer-reviewed publications
          • Experience developing grant funding proposals
          • Experience with obtaining human subject’s approvals

          Contract Period/Start Date

          Flexible start date with anticipated start date of January 1, 2024

          To Apply

          To assure full consideration, applications must be received by August 1, 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 about the position can be directed to either:
          Dr. Tiffany Russell (
          Dr. Joelle Ruthig (

          Position is open until filled.

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