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J211201 - HIV - Substance Use and Mental Health Disorders - Eaton Lab
University of Alabama at Birmingham in Birmingham, Alabama
Date Posted 10/01/2021
Employment Type Fulltime
Application Deadline Open until filled

The UAB Center for Addiction and Pain Prevention and Intervention (CAPPI) is seeking applications for a 2 to 3-year fellowship under the supervision of Dr. Ellen Eaton who specializes in infectious complications of addiction. Dr. Eaton’s laboratory is in the Department of Medicine/Infectious Diseases at the University of Alabama at Birmingham is available. Her research is focused on HIV-prevention and treatment in persons with substance use disorders and mental illness. Dr. Eaton uses mixed-methods, implementation science, and epidemiologic approaches to evaluate HIV risk behaviors, substance use patterns, barriers to evidence based HIV prevention and opioid use disorder treatments, and interventions to integrate HIV prevention and treatment for vulnerable populations in rural and Southern regions of the U.S, reverse innovation translating interventions from developing countries to the Deep South.

The ideal candidate will have a PhD in clinical psychology, epidemiology, implementation science, or public health with an emphasis on substance use, or related field with a strong background in human subjects research, HIV, and qualitative and/or quantitative analysis. Strong communication and writing skills are required. The ideal candidate would be willing to move to Birmingham for the position.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to

- Project management
- Supporting development of data collection tools (questionnaires, interview guides)
- Qualitative data collection
- Analysis of existing qualitative and quantitative data
- Leading and supporting manuscript writing
- Leading and supporting grant proposal development and writing


Basic Qualifications

- PhD

Additional Qualifications

- Experience in HIV/AIDS programs and services is highly desirable

- Experience working with homeless and/or substance using populations is highly desirable

Ample opportunities for professional development, mentorship, academic and research leadership, publication, and applied knowledge translation will be provided through the interdisciplinary training environment in the UAB School of Medicine and Division of Infectious Disease. Through her NIMH, NIAAA, and SAMHSA-funded research, Dr. Eaton collaborates closely with community partners, UAB and other U.S. faculty, and Sub-Saharan African partners with expertise in addiction, qualitative methods, epidemiology, biostatistics, 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 for AIDS Research.



Funding. Funding for this position is available for at least 2 years. Salaries for postdocs start at $50,000 plus benefits and four weeks’ vacation. Applicants are eligible to apply for additional research funds and awards

Deadline: Applications will be reviewed until the position is filled.

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
  • Academic transcripts for the most recent degree completed/in progress

Inquiries and Applications should be addressed to:

Ellen F Eaton, MD MSPH
Division of Infectious Diseases
Department of Medicine
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 some 25,000 employees and has an annual, state-wide economic impact exceeding $7.15 billion. U.S. News & World Report’s 2020 “America’s Best Graduate Schools” ranks 14 UAB graduate programs among the nation’s top 25 and 10 UAB specialties were ranked among the nation’s top 50 in the magazine’s 2018-2019 Best Hospitals report. UAB research grants and awards are at a record high, exceeding $527 million in FY18, including $320 million in NIH funding for FY18. UAB ranks 31st among all universities in federal research funding and 15th among public universities. UAB's NIH funding continues to grow among peer institutions in the Southeast and beyond, with the university ranking 20th among all universities in NIH funding and eighth among public universities. The UAB School of Medicine is ranked 21st among medical schools in NIH funding and eighth among public medical schools.

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 or call (205) 934-8762. Or contact the office at 701 20th Street South, AB 336, Birmingham, AL 35294-0103.

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