Postdoctoral Research Fellow

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The Departments of Ophthalmology and Psychiatry at University of Michigan have established a cross-cutting and interdisciplinary program of research, funded by several extramural and foundation awards, and headed by Kanishka Thiran Jayasundera and David M. Fresco, and are actively seeking applications for a post-doctoral research position. The ideal candidate we seek will be a clinical psychologist, with a doctoral degree, who is interested in a career in research, but has familiarity and expertise in cognitive behavioral therapy.  The fellow will serve as an interventionist on a new NIH-funded clinical trial that will evaluate the efficacy of Emotion Regulation Therapy to resolve the distress caused by vision loss.  Additional responsibilities include assisting with existing data collection efforts for clinical trial research, lab-management, manuscript preparation, grant development, and developing their own lines of inquiry. 
The position entails working within a large, multi-disciplinary team comprised of psychiatry and ophthalmology faculty, grad and undergrad students, post-docs, ophthalmologists, genetic counselors, and staff, to help the fellow build skills necessary for a successful research career. In particular, the fellow will play a crucial role in supporting vision patients enrolled in program studies, which may include conducting individual therapy sessions, administering standardized assessments, and closely collaborating with the research team. 
The fellowship also provides specialized training in Emotion Regulation Therapy, with opportunities for supervised clinical hours towards licensure, as well as various departmental and university-wide professional development opportunities.

This position spans a minimum of two years, though renewal of annual appointments is dependent upon performance. The salary aligns with current NIH post-doctoral training levels and includes health insurance, as well as a stipend for professional travel and research materials. 

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  • Mange data collection efforts for clinical trial research, including providing ERT within clinical trials.  
  • In coordination with the developers, facilitate with the adaption of ERT to various clinical populations. 
  • Work with study team members to develop study material and oversee typical administrative duties (e.g., IRB,
  • Collaborate with a multidisciplinary team, including mental health therapists, psychiatrists, ophthalmologists, and genetic counselors to ensure coordinated and comprehensive care for clients.
  • Train and supervise research assistants, students and other research staff in research methodology and protocol adherence.
  • Engage in literature searches, manuscript writing, and presentation of results.
  • Contribute to proposals and grants. 

Required Qualifications*

  • Ph.D. or Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology or a related field. 
  • Psychologist - Doctoral Educational Limited License
  • Experience providing cognitive behavioral therapy and/or other evidence-based treatments. 
  • Fluency in written and spoken English to effectively communicate with clients and team members.

Desired Qualifications*

  • Significant research experience and/or experience as a study interventionist. 
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, with the ability to establish rapport with diverse individuals.
  • Demonstrated the ability to create and implement effective treatment plans based on client needs.
  • Understand medical terminology, experience in a large complex health care setting, the ability to effectively communicate with staff and faculty of all levels, and the knowledge of university policies and procedures is desirable. 
  • Proficient in documentation and record-keeping in an electronic health record system, ensuring compliance with clinic and state regulations.
  • Experience using data collection platforms (e.g., REDCap, Qualtrics). 

Background Screening

Michigan Medicine conducts background screening and pre-employment drug testing on job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent job offer and may use a third party administrator to conduct background screenings.  Background screenings are performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Report Act. Pre-employment drug testing applies to all selected candidates, including new or additional faculty and staff appointments, as well as transfers from other U-M campuses.

Application Deadline

Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days.  The review and selection process may begin as early as the eighth day after posting. This opening may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime after the minimum posting period has ended.

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The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.