TRAINING
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 adam.leventhal@usc.edu. Undergraduates interested in volunteering should visit our undergraduate assistantships for more information.

Postdoctoral Fellowships
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.

AVAILABLE POSITIONS

The University of Southern California Health, Emotion, & Addiction Laboratory posts job opportunities as they become available.

Assistant or Associate Professor – USC TCORS

The Department of Preventive Medicine of the University of Southern California (USC) Keck School of Medicine invites applications for a research-track faculty position at the rank of assistant or associate professor. We seek a faculty member with expertise in behavioral or social science to join the USC Tobacco Center of Regulatory Science (USC-TCORS; tcors.usc.edu), a multidisciplinary team of faculty, students, and staff that conducts research to inform U.S. federal regulation of tobacco products.  This faculty member will dedicate the majority of their research program to tobacco regulatory science; thus, a track record or strong interest in tobacco regulatory science is required.  We are interested in outstanding applicants from all areas of tobacco regulatory science, although we especially encourage applications from those whose research can complement existing strengths in e-cigarette use, adolescent and young adult tobacco product use, health disparities and diversity science, statistical methods, social media analysis, the tobacco retail outlet setting, longitudinal behavioral epidemiology, and human laboratory behavioral pharmacology. Expectations include collaborating on and leading papers in the USC-TCORS, working on grant applications and obtaining external funding, mentoring postdoctoral, doctoral, masters, and undergraduate level research trainees, and teaching undergraduate or graduate courses. The candidate will be recruited to join the Division of Health Behavior Research within the Department of Preventive Medicine. This multi-disciplinary department of behavioral scientists, epidemiologists, environmental health scientists, and biostatisticians has a long history of conducting innovative externally-funded research and currently holds active research centers on tobacco, obesity, cancer genetic epidemiology, air pollution, and other public health issues.  The candidate will also become a member of the Institute for Prevention Research (IPR) and the Institute for Addiction Science (IAS)—a multi- school initiative within USC aimed to support transdisciplinary addiction research and education (ias.usc.edu)—and will be encouraged to develop collaborations with IAS members in other departments within the Keck School of Medicine and other schools across the university.

To apply, please submit a letter of intent, curriculum vitae, description of research program, three representative reprints, and three letters of reference to: Lilit Aladadyan, Administrative Director of USC-TCORS, aladadya@med.usc.edu. We will begin reviewing applications immediately  and continue until the position is filled.

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.

To apply online, visit

https://usccareers.usc.edu/job/los-angeles/assistant-professor-of-research-preventive-medicine/1209/13245582

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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.

Grant Funded

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.

To apply, visit:

https://usccareers.usc.edu/job/los-angeles/research-coordinator-i/1209/11566602

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Project Assistants (2 positions available)
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

To apply, visit:

https://usccareers.usc.edu/job/los-angeles/project-assistant/1209/13168024

https://usccareers.usc.edu/job/los-angeles/project-assistant/1209/12447520

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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.

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