Postdoctoral Fellow (JEAP Initiative)
Job Details
Eugene OSLC - Eugene, OR
$52,704.00 - $57,456.00 Salary/year

Position: Postdoctoral Fellow 

Date posted: 10/07/2020                                                                                               

Closing date: Open until filled (with review of applications beginning on 11/01/2020)


General Information

Department: JEAP Initiative    

Supervisor: Drs. Ashli Sheidow and  Michael McCart   

Hours: 1.0 FTE                          

Location: Eugene, OR

Job Band/Level: Band 3/Level 10          

Rate: $52,704 – $57,456 annually; based on education and experience Plus: 1) an excellent benefits package; 2) up to $3,000 for moving expenses; and 3) up to $3,000 per year for training and professional meetings


Schedule      X Weekdays        X Weekends        X Evenings         X Occasional hours exceeding FTE        Other:                      

Position Status:  Exempt


OSLC will verify the following:

Driver License Required                         X Yes   No                  Criminal History                         X Yes   No

Motor Vehicle Records Check                X Yes    No                 Finger-printing if applicable.       X Yes   No

Confidentiality Agreement Required        X Yes   No                 Employment Verification            X Yes   No

Required to travel in-state or out of state X Yes   No                 Education Verification                X Yes   No 

+Prior criminal conviction(s) may not disqualify applicant from this position.


Brief description of the job to be performed

A two-year postdoctoral fellowship position is available for individuals interested in a career conducting research on recovery support services for adults with substance use disorders. The fellow will work directly with Drs. Ashli Sheidow and Michael McCart, two accomplished clinical investigators, in achieving the aims of NIH-, foundation-, and state-funded research projects. This postdoctoral fellow will primarily work on a NIDA-funded Initiative (R24DA051950) focused on two populations: (1) emerging adults and (2) adults of any age involved with the justice system. This Initiative seeks to advance research on the efficacy/effectiveness of recovery support services, specifically peer supports and recovery residences, by (1) identifying priority research areas, (2) increasing the number of early career investigators in this field, (3) providing funds and guidance for pilot studies, and (4) conducting dissemination and outreach to the larger field. Including individuals with lived experiences (i.e., in recovery from substance use and/or formerly involved with the adult or juvenile justice system) in all Initiative activities is a high priority. Beyond the Initiative activities, integration into other projects will be based on the fellow’s interests and training needs. There are currently multiple NIDA and NIMH projects that involve a variety of high-risk populations, such as adolescents and emerging adults with mental health and substance use issues and adolescents and adults involved with the justice system, and that employ various research designs, such as a stepped-wedge cluster randomized trial, multi-site randomized trial, task-shifting experimental trial, and experimental mediation trial. The projects are conducted throughout the United States. Potential for future employment as an OSLC Research Scientist is contingent upon performance and availability of funding.


Essential job tasks to be performed (with or without reasonable accommodation)

Post-PhD-level research that involves collaboration with the investigative team and other scientists and staff members. As an essential member of the investigative team, the individual will:

  • Conduct advanced grant-funded research: plan data collection and advanced statistical analysis; ensure fidelity of intervention implementation and stakeholder engagement; develop training curricula and supervise intervention implementation; collaborate with a project coordinator on project-related tasks; assist in training and supervising data collection staff; and assist with dissemination of research results
  • Be supported in pursuing own extramural funding (e.g., an NIH K-series award or diversity supplement) and attend trainings designed to launch own independently-funded research career
  • Serve as primary author or co-author for journal articles and chapters for publication by performing various aspects of these publications from development of hypotheses to preparation of articles and chapters
  • Write or assist with writing grant progress reports and new grant applications as required and according to areas of research interest
  • Assist with quantitative and qualitative data collection and analysis under the supervision of investigators
  • Write or assist in writing materials for interventions and training clinicians and other providers
  • Train and supervise staff collecting data and/or implementing interventions
  • Attend trainings or professional conferences for continuing education and dissemination of project results
  • Have the opportunity to obtain supervised clinical hours toward licensure
  • Other project-related tasks as needed

Knowledge, skills, experience, education or training needed to perform job

  • A Ph.D. in psychology, education, public health, or a related field (degree must be attained by position start date)
  • Experience working as part of an investigative team
  • Experience with training and supervision of clinical and/or research teams
  • Experience writing journal articles
  • Training in human subjects’ research protocols and ethical conduct of research
  • Experience using statistical techniques and software (e.g., SPSS)
  • Preferred: Lived experience (i.e., in recovery from substance use or formerly involved with the justice system)

General requirements

  • Must be a U.S. citizen, a Non-citizen National of the U.S., or a lawful permanent resident


Personality traits needed to perform job

  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Excellent organizational and management skills
  • Ability to work cooperatively in team environment
  • Responsible for managing own workload
  • Self-motivated and desire to be productive
  • Ability to exercise judgment within generally defined practices and policies

Physical demands

  • Must be able to visually observe data sets and other information required to perform analyses
  • Must have excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Must be able to present information to large groups
  • Must be able to interpret spoken or written communication
  • Must be able to type or otherwise input data into a computer
  • Must be able to sit for long periods of time (4-6 hours)
  • Must be able to lift and carry personal computer (10-30 pounds) on an occasional basis
  • May need to kneel to fill copier paper tray or to set up equipment


Equipment, tools, machines used while performing job

  • Personal computer usage
  • Cell phone
  • Audiovisual equipment, TVs, video cameras, microphones, tripods, projectors, speakers, etc.


Vehicles or moving equipment driven while performing job

  • Driving will be an essential function of this position; therefore, employee must comply with the OSLC Driving Policy, including:
  • Employee must have valid Driver License.
  • Employee must provide current Declaration page showing the employees current insurance policy and coverage.
  • Policy must carry liability insurance of no less than $300,000 combined single limit or $300,000 personal injury and $100,000 property damage limits.
  • Employee must have and maintain a driving record that is within the parameters set by OSLC’s current liability insurance carrier.
  • Employee will use own personal transportation for local travel.
  • Occasional car rental may be required.


Standards and expectations for person performing the job

  • Over the course of becoming familiar with the position, expectations will be discussed regarding:
    • Potential for progress as a Research Scientist at OSLC, if desired
    • Familiarity with the large data sets that are available for analysis
  • Contributions to the projects
  • Periodic review of progress toward research goals


Supervision of others

  • Will supervise other project staff

Working Conditions

Environmental description of working conditions.

  • Office environment (Due to COVID-19 restrictions, all or most of the work will be done remotely from home, not at OSLC; it is not yet known how long this will continue.)


Products, materials, or chemicals the person performing the job will be exposed to.

  • N/A


Description of special hazards of the job.

  • Moving audiovisual or computer equipment
  • May travel in state or out of state for meetings


Application Requirements

This job description covers some, but not necessarily all, tasks, requirements, working conditions, and physical demands of the position described. It is difficult, if not impossible, to anticipate and describe every aspect of a particular job over the duration of that job. OSLC reserves the right to revise this job description or assign additional or different duties and responsibilities to the person performing this job as it deems necessary to ensure efficient operation of the center.


Starting Date: As soon as January 2021 and as late as July 2021


Applications: Complete the electronic job application on-line at


In addition, please submit a cover letter detailing experiences, interests, career goals, and fit with this Initiative (; curriculum vitae; one writing sample (e.g., peer-reviewed publication or in-progress empirical manuscript); and contact information for three references (academic supervisors or collaborators).


OSLC offers a friendly and engaging work environment with competitive benefits, including generous paid time off, salary increases, retirement, insurance, and quality of life benefits.


OSLC is proud to be an EEO/AA Employer and is committed to creating a diverse environment. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, color, national origin, age, religion, pregnancy, disability status, medical condition, ancestry, marital status, familial status, protected veteran’s status, source of income, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.


OSLC is an “at will” employer.


Past or current participation in OSLC research, or the participation of your family or others with a close personal relationship with you, could affect your eligibility for certain jobs at OSLC.


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