A major aim of HEAL is to train the next generation of addiction scientists. Accordingly, HEAL is a training ground for: (a) undergraduate students at USC or other universities; (b) individuals who are post-bachelors and aiming to gain more research experience in between undergraduate and graduate training; (c) masters students at USC; (d) doctoral students working on their Ph.D. at USC; and (e) postdoctoral fellows who have their Ph.D. and require additional specialized training to transition into independent research careers.
Training is supervised by Dr. Adam Leventhal, the laboratory’s director. Interested Postdocs, Graduate Students, and Postbacs should send an inquiry email directly to Dr. Leventhal at email@example.com. Undergraduates interested in volunteering should visit our undergraduate assistantships for more information.
Postdoctoral research fellowships are available. Fellows will be involved in studies examining the role of psychosocial and biobehavioral determinants of addiction. Candidates should have strong research training in clinical psychology, experimental psychology, human behavioral pharmacology, psychiatric epidemiology, or health behavior studies. Applicants should also have an interest in pursuing a career in addiction research. Fellowships provide ample opportunities to participate in publishing, grant writing, and career development activities as well as mentored training in research.
Graduate Student Research Assistantships
Graduate student research assistantships are available to applicants to USC’s Health Behavior Research Ph.D. program. Applicants who are interested in addiction research are encouraged to apply to the Ph.D. program and contact Dr. Leventhal directly. Graduate student assistants are involved in studies examining the role of psychosocial and biobehavioral factors in addiction. As part of the Ph.D. program, they are also expected to conduct independent research (including a dissertation) under the mentorship of Dr. Leventhal.
Undergraduate Fellowships in Addiction Science
Advanced undergraduate research assistants who have been successfully working in the lab for an extended period are eligible to be selected for a USC-HEAL Undergraduate Fellowship in Addiction Science (UFAS). UFAS fellows are awarded a $3000 stipend and funding to cover travel to attend a national conference in addiction science. Fellows also have the opportunity to work as a senior member of HEAL’s team and develop an independent research project under the guidance of Dr. Leventhal.
The University of Southern California Health, Emotion, & Addiction Laboratory posts job opportunities as they become available.
Research Coordinator I
The Health, Emotion, & Addiction Laboratory (USC-HEAL) in the Department of Preventive Medicine at the Keck School of Medicine of USC is recruiting to fill a full-time Research Coordinator-I position. USC-HEAL is an interdisciplinary group of 25 members including five faculty investigators, data collection staff, and trainees who pursue education and research dedicated to understanding and preventing addiction, mental illness, and chronic disease in vulnerable populations. The Research Coordinator will work closely with the Project Manager and other USC-HEAL team members to aid and coordinate data collection for several NIH-funded human biobehavioral research studies on the causes and treatment of cigarette addiction and e-cigarette vaping. This position requires recruitment of research participants, screening, and coordinating/scheduling and executing participant laboratory sessions. In addition, the Research Coordinator will assist the Project Manager with submitting IRB-related documents, leading recruitment efforts across studies, and assessing study recruitment goals and milestones.
USC-HEAL prides itself on creating a welcoming environment that emphasizes educating team members at all stages of their careers through professional development and a research seminar series. By encouraging a collaborative environment and creative, solution-oriented activities, USC-HEAL has been highly successful in producing large volumes of high impact, innovative research with relevance to the heath of the population. More information about ongoing research projects and USC-HEAL can be found at http://heal.usc.edu.
Overall, the successful candidate will have significant experience working in a behavioral research setting, have excellent organizational skills, work well as a member of a research team, be able to work independently, and have good interpersonal skills in relation to interacting with study participants. The position is full time and requires 5 days/wk attendance at our facilities at the USC Health Sciences Campus in Los Angeles, CA.
Hourly Rate – DOE
Minimum Education: Bachelor’s degree, Combined experience/education as substitute for minimum education
Minimum Experience: 1 year
Minimum Field of Expertise: Administrative or research experience. Working knowledge of MS Office applications. Demonstrated effective communication and writing skills. Ability to multi-task and prioritize. Demonstrated ability to work as part of a team as well as independently.
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The Health, Emotion, & Addiction Laboratory (USC-HEAL) at the Keck School of Medicine of USC is recruiting to fill three full-time Project Assistant positions. The Project Assistant will assist with data collection for multiple research projects funded by the National Institutes of Health, California Tobacco Related Disease Prevention Program, and American Cancer Society. Specifically, s/he will execute data collection protocols involving collecting, recording, and entering data via face-to-face and phone based interaction with research participants for all active research projects. This position requires recruitment of research participants, screening, and coordinating/scheduling participant laboratory sessions. Other duties will include purchasing and drafting settlements for project-related expenses as well as managing and overseeing the completion of project-specific grant progress reports and IRB-related documents. More information about ongoing research projects and USC-HEAL can be found at http://heal.usc.edu.
Overall, the successful candidate will have experience working in a behavioral research setting, have excellent organizational skills, work well as a member of a research team, be able to work independently, and have good interpersonal skills in relation to interacting with study participants. The position is full time and requires 5 days/wk attendance at our facilities at the USC Health Sciences Campus in Los Angeles, CA.
Minimum Education: High school or equivalent
Minimum Experience: 1 year
Minimum Field of Expertise: Knowledge of data collection procedures and some experience with proposal preparation and production of technical documents
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The Statistician I will work closely with the USC-HEAL Senior Methodologist in managing the databases and statistical analyses of several ongoing laboratory- and longitudinal survey-based studies. USC-HEAL has a $2 million annual research portfolio, funded by the National Institutes of Health, American Cancer Society, and Tobacco-Related Disease Research Program. In general, research projects at USC-HEAL include: (1) human behavioral laboratory experiments with mixed between-within participant factorial multi-condition designs; (2) field research studies utilizing ecological momentary assessment (EMA) intensive repeated measures multi-level designs with observations nested within participants behavior; and (3) large-scale multi-cohort longitudinal studies .
Specifically, the Statistician I will:
Maintain data management and quality control of diverse data sets of self-report, physiological, and behavioral drug use and other health behavior outcomes, from experimental laboratory, field EMA research, and cohort studies;
- Design and maintain multiple platforms for data collection that leverage modern technologies (including programming Redcap surveys and various EMA platforms);
- Generate reports and/or datasets for managing recruitment and other study operations;
- Assist with data analyses on a range of dataset types (e.g., longitudinal, cross-sectional, multilevel, within-subjects repeated measures) using SAS, STATA, R, MPlus, or SPSS;
- Contribute to the writing and preparation of reports, journal articles and conference presentations; and
- Assist in the development of new research proposals.
The ideal candidate will have proficiency in one or more programming languages (e.g., SAS, SPSS), including data manipulation, documentation, and analysis. A Bachelor’s degree in a behavioral science-related field, and 2 years of experience in database management and statistical analysis are required. Candidates with practical experience and a masters degree in biostatistics, quantitative psychology, or epidemiology are also encouraged to apply.
Candidates must be detail-oriented, fluent in English, and possess excellent organizational, communication, analytic, and written skills.
Please include cover letter, CV, and contact information for 3 references.
USC-HEAL is a dynamic, multi-disciplinary group of faculty, postdoctoral fellows, graduate students, and undergraduate scholars interested in the intersection of mental health, health behavior, and addiction. USC-HEAL is housed within USC Keck School of Medicine, Department of Preventive Medicine and the Institute for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Research (IPR; ipr.usc.edu), which administers pre- and post-doctoral raining programs and an NIH/FDA-funded Tobacco Center of Regulatory Science. USC-HEAL is also the hub of a new cross-campus initiative to develop the USC Institute for Addiction Science, which aims to promote interdisciplinary addiction science collaboration and education across public health, social work, psychology, policy, pharmacy, medicine, psychiatry, and other units.
The first round of applications will be reviewed on January 15, 2019, with another round on February 15, 2019, and will continue until the position is filled. Start date is flexible but should be no later than fall 2019. To apply, please send a cover letter, statement of research interests, three paper reprints, and CV to: Adam Leventhal . Applicants should also arrange to have 3 letters of references sent directly to Dr. Leventhal. All materials should be sent via email. Candidates are encouraged to contact Dr. Leventhal or other HEAL faculty PIs with questions.
The University of Southern California strongly values diversity and is committed to equal opportunity in employment. Women and men, and members of all racial and ethnic groups, people with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply.