The Missouri Institute of Mental Health (MIMH - a research institute at the University of Missouri-St. Louis) has an immediate opening for an academic Substance Use Research Scientist. The Addiction Science team at UMSL-MIMH is currently supported by six federally-funded opioid-related grants, all with the goal to mitigate harms of the opioid overdose crisis in the State of Missouri.
Nature of Work
The Research Scientist position will assist in manuscript and presentation preparation for existing addiction-related projects. This individual will also be expected to lead the preparation and submission of additional substance use-focused grant applications. A successful candidate will be able to support current statewide, federally-funded projects to ensure project processes and findings are widely disseminated across academic and community audiences to grow the evidence base for addiction science. In addition, this candidate will be expected to:
Prepare and present content pertaining to project outcomes at local and national conferences
Prepare and submit scientific manuscripts to peer- reviewed journals
Prepare and submit addiction-related federal, local, and private grant opportunities
Provide input on long-term strategic planning and budgeting
Work within standardized procedures and practices to achieve objectives and meet deadlines in accordance with established priorities, timelines, funding limitations, etc.
Exchange straightforward information, ask questions, and check for understanding
Develop working relationships with internal and external parties working in the substance use research and treatment fields
Take on an internal supervisory or leadership position as appropriate
Bring frequent and critical perspectives and insights about drug use and policy to team discussions
Duties include, but are not limited to:
Assist with writing, preparing, submitting scientific manuscripts to peer-reviewed journals with the opportunity for primary authorship
Take primary and supportive responsibility to prepare and submit addiction related federal, local, and private grants identified by senior leadership
Assist the project team in managing State overdose and treatment service data collected through grant-initiated protocols, including coordination with State and local agencies
Assist team leaders in the development of quarterly and annual data-driven reports on project outcomes
Assist team leaders in the development, preparation, and distribution of briefs, white papers, and summary reports of data and project outcomes for legislative, academic, and/or public use
Assist with presentations of project goals and findings to various stakeholders including State and local officials, academic personnel, community behavioral health providers, and the general public
Travel within Missouri as-needed (approximately 2 days/month) to attend stakeholder meetings and present findings
Master's degree in public health, social work, psychology, epidemiology, or a related field (plus at least 5 years of experience in an academic research role)
Authorship on peer-reviewed manuscripts
Strong verbal and written communication skills
Possess understanding and expertise in substance use disorder research, prevention/intervention programming, and the use of evidence-based strategies to address substance use disorders
Be skilled in Microsoft Office, SPSS statistical software, and other data analytic software to independently compose presentations, perform univariate and multivariate analyses, prepare manuscripts and legislative briefs for publication, and take a primary role in assisting to prepare addiction related grant applications
PhD in public health, social work, psychology, epidemiology, or a related field.
Publications on addiction-related topics
Experience in multivariate quantitative and qualitative data analysis
Experience in federal grant preparation and submission
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities
Comfortable with public speaking and presentation
Comfortable balancing independent work with taking guidance and direction
Comfortable providing management and task oversight to junior staff
Data management and statistics
Conceptual knowledge of theories, practices and procedures within the field of substance use disorder research.
Salary and Submission Details
Salary will be set commensurate with experience and accomplishments. Promotion to Assistant Research Professor may be possible for individuals with a PhD. Interested candidates should apply by submitting an application, including a current C.V., a cover letter with a brief statement of research accomplishments and interests, along with 3 professional references.
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