Post Doc Opportunity

The Division on Addiction at Cambridge Health Alliance, a Harvard Medical School teaching hospital, is seeking an individual who has strong quantitative skills and a background in psychology, public health, and addiction, and predictive analytics. The post-doc will work with P.I.’s Drs. Debi LaPlante and Sarah Nelson and their team to investigate patterns of Internet gambling behavior, identify markers of gambling-related problems among Internet gamblers, understand the effects of expansion of gambling in new markets, and more. The project will make use of anonymized player data from a large multinational sports betting and gaming organization, as well as player survey data. The post-doc will contribute to answering key research questions and have plentiful opportunity to generate and explore related research questions, contribute to education and public outreach activities, and participate in manuscript and grant writing.

Duration: 01/01/20 to 12/31/21 (2 years)

 The Post Doc is a paid position at our offices in Malden, MA and is ideal for someone who meets the following requirements:

    • PhD; Strong interest in the field of addictive behaviors and experience in social science research, particularly in an academic and/or public health setting is preferred.
    • Excellent computer and writing skills required.
    • A strong background in statistics, including proficiency with one or more statistical software packages or programming languages (e.g., R, SPSS, Python).
    • Experience applying data mining techniques and handling large data sets an advantage.
    • Outstanding verbal and written communication skills required.
    • Demonstrated ability to work in a team environment.
    • Working knowledge of Internet gambling and daily fantasy sports an advantage.

Salary is competitive and includes benefits.

To apply: Please send a cover letter, CV,  and one-page statement of research interest to Ms. Vanessa Graham. Letters of reference required only upon request.

research Coordinator

The Research Coordinator I job is an entry-level research position. The RC provides research and administrative support to the key members of the research team conducting addiction-related research. The RC helps develop content for research projects, maintain databases, and conduct studies in accordance with research protocols. The RC provides research and technical support for development and evaluation of a mental health screening and assessment tool, the Computerized Assessment and Referral System (CARS: carstrainingcenter.org), work with senior research staff on projects related to gambling, daily fantasy sports play, youth recovery from chemical dependency, and impaired driving, conduct data collection and sample maintenance activities for various projects, conduct in-person and telephone interviews (sometimes during off-hours and off-site), prepare applications and materials for human subjects research, develop website and online training materials, and collaborate with other Division researchers in writing a weekly newsletter disseminated via the Internet. More specifically, the Research Coordinator will: Author a weekly online newsletter – The BASIS (basisonline.org) in collaboration with other Division researchers. Prepare substantive aspects of IRB applications. Conduct literature and database reviews, and analyses for various projects. Monitor disbursement of research participant incentives and honoraria. Complete telephone and in-person surveys and interviews with research participants. Coordinate sample maintenance activities for various projects. Assist in the development of research materials and survey instruments. Assist in the programming, expansion, and testing of CARS (see above), plus the development and posting of CARS-related resources, user manuals, and website updates. Troubleshoot user concerns and suggestions. Assist in the writing/editing of technical reports and manuscripts for publication or presentation.

BA/BS degree is required. The candidate for this position must have excellent computer skills and proficiency with Microsoft Office. Experience working on research projects required. Experience with Internet and scientific literature searches using tools such as PubMed or PsycInfo, data analysis programs such as SPSS preferred. Experience with website development, relational databases, as well as basic computer programming preferred. The candidate for this position must have highly developed organizational and research skills, and the demonstrated ability both to work both in a team environment and to function independently. Outstanding verbal and written communication skills also required. Spanish speaking a plus.

To apply: Please send a CV and a writing sample to Ms. Vanessa Graham.

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