University of Alabama at Birmingham

Job Description


Mentor: Dr. Karen Cropsey, Department of Psychiatry

Postdoctoral Training in Addiction Research – UAB Department of Psychiatry


The UAB Center for Addiction and Pain Prevention and Intervention (CAPPI) is seeking applications for a 2 year post-doc position. This post-doc provides experience in developing a line of research on medical cannabis legalization in the Deep South that coincides with the legalization of medical cannabis in Alabama. UAB is establishing a medical cannabis treatment clinic which will provide opportunities to examine medical cannabis use for specified medical conditions as part of an academic medical center. Possible areas of research include examining medical and recreational cannabis and tobacco use on lung function and other comorbid conditions including sleep and circadian research.

The ideal candidate will have a doctoral degree in clinical psychology, epidemiology, experimental psychology, or public health with an emphasis on substance use with a strong background in clinical research. Knowledge and training in statistics and experience/training using a statistical software (e.g., SPSS, SAS, etc.) is required. In addition, strong communication and writing skills are needed for this position. The ideal candidate would be willing to move to Birmingham for the position although remote/hybrid is possible.


Responsibilities include but are not limited to

- Project management

- Supporting development of data collection tools

- Analysis of existing quantitative data

- Leading and supporting manuscript writing

- Leading and supporting grant proposal development and writing

- Mentoring undergraduate and graduate students


Basic Qualifications

- PhD

Additional Qualifications

- Experience working with persons in the criminal legal system, persons living with HIV and/or substance use is highly desirable

Ample opportunities for professional development, mentorship, academic and research leadership, publication, and grant development will be provided through the interdisciplinary training environment in the UAB School of Medicine within the Department of Pulmonology and Department of Psychiatry. Pilot funding to establish an independent line of research will be provided through CAPPI. The post-doc will be involved in NIH-funded research with community partners, UAB and other U.S. faculty with expertise in addiction, sleep, pulmonary function, epidemiology, biostatistics, and behavioral psychology. This opportunity involves being part of a team of interdisciplinary faculty, trainees and staff collaborating through the UAB Center for Addiction and Pain Prevention Intervention (CAPPI; Additional professional development opportunities are available through the UAB Center for Clinical and Translational Sciences and Center

Funding. Funding for this position is available for at least 2 years. Salaries for postdocs follow the NIH guidelines plus benefits and four weeks’ vacation. Applicants are eligible to apply for additional research funds and awards through internal pilot grant mechanisms.

Deadline: Applications will be reviewed until the position is filled. Earliest start date would be July 1, 2023.

Applications should be submitted as single PDF document that includes

  • One-page statement of academic/research interests
  • Academic CV
  • Contact information for three academic references

Inquiries and Applications should be addressed to:

Karen Cropsey, Psy.D.

Professor, Department of Psychiatry

Director, Center for Addiction and Pain Prevention and Intervention (CAPPI)

The University of Alabama at Birmingham


About our Postdoc Office

UAB is committed to the development and success of outstanding postdoctoral scientists. Here at UAB, nearly 300 postdoctoral fellows are training currently in a variety of disciplines. Competitive postdoc awards are available including internships, grant incentives, funds to enhance education and collaboration outside UAB, and teaching opportunities at local universities. There is also a Postdoc Research Day with monetary awards. The Office of Postdoctoral Education strongly encourages UAB research mentors to follow the National Research Service Award stipend level guidelines, and postdoctoral scholars qualify for health, life, and other insurances. They also have the right to participate in the university’s 403(b) program and enjoy vacation, sick leave, maternity/paternity leave, and other benefits.

About the University

The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) is a research university and academic health center that discovers, teaches, and applies knowledge for the intellectual, cultural, social, and economic benefit of Birmingham, the state, and beyond. UAB is internationally renowned for its intensely collaborative culture that has — for more than five decades — produced breakthroughs in education, health care, research, and service. UAB was ranked #1 in the United States, and in the top 10 worldwide, in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings, 2018 Young University Rankings.

Spanning more than 100 city blocks, UAB is the state of Alabama’s largest single employer with nearly 28,000 employees and has an annual, state-wide economic impact of $12.1 billion. U.S. News & World Report’s 2022 “America’s Best Graduate Schools” ranks 16 UAB graduate programs among the nation’s top 25 and eight UAB specialties were ranked among the nation’s top 50 in the magazine’s 2022-2023 Best Hospitals report. UAB research grants and awards are at a record high, totaling $715 million in FY22 — a 50% increase over the past five years. UAB ranks 33rd among all universities in federal research funding and 17th among public universities. UAB's NIH funding continues to grow among peer institutions in the Southeast and beyond, with the university ranking 25th among all universities in NIH funding and 11th among public universities.

UAB is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer committed to fostering a diverse, equitable and family-friendly environment in which all faculty and staff can excel and achieve work/life balance irrespective of, race, national origin, age, genetic or family medical history, gender, faith, gender identity, and expression as well as sexual orientation. UAB also encourages applications from individuals with disabilities and veterans.

For more information on Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action at UAB, visit the UAB Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion  opens a new website, call (205) 934-8762, or contact the office at 701 20th Street South, AB 336, Birmingham, AL 35294-0103.

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