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Research Scientist

Job Summary
The Center on Mindfulness and Integrative Health Intervention Development (C-MIIND) is looking for a Research Scientist who is interested in being a member of a research team dedicated to doing their part in solving today’s opioid epidemic.
This available position is for a Research Scientist who will work on federally funded trials of mindfulness-based therapy for chronic pain, opioid misuse, and addiction (Mindfulness-Oriented Recovery Enhancement, see https://drericgarland.com/about-m-o-r-e/), and other adjunctive therapies (e.g., neurofeedback, virtual reality, ketamine assisted psychotherapy) The Research Scientist develops, oversees, and implements research projects and is responsible for scientific design, conduct and interpretation, data processing and analysis, presenting results and publishing manuscripts. The Research Scientist also will write grant applications and serve as principal investigator. In addition, the Research Scientist may carry out research tasks including recruitment and assessment, and implement research interventions, as needed.
The Center on Mindfulness and Integrative Health Intervention Development (C-MIIND) was established in May 2017 at the University of Utah with the following mission: to develop, test, optimize, and disseminate mindfulness and other integrative health interventions by translating discoveries from basic biobehavioral science into solutions for health and society. C-MIIND’s research efforts target complex, comorbid chronic health and mental health problems (chronic pain, opioid misuse, depression, addiction, etc.) that have not yet been solved by traditional medical approaches.
Ultimately, the Center strives to advance a vision of a new model of healthcare, in which behavioral health experts work in tandem with medical providers to address the physical, psychological, and social needs of people afflicted by an array of disorders and illnesses. The synergy generated by such integrative efforts will alleviate suffering and promote human flourishing to a degree unrealized in previous eras of health care reforms.
Responsibilities
    1. Develops scientific research projects and acts as a principal investigator or co-principal investigator.
    2. Researches and stays current with project related scientific literature.
    3. Sets up new methods or assays to accomplish scientific objectives.
    4. Identifies and implements creative solutions to overcome problems.
    5. Develops data analysis tools, pre- and post-processing pipelines, and performs data management and data processing.
    6. Organizes, analyses, and interprets data and derives study conclusions.
    7. Manages and trains research staff to achieve research goals.
    8. Collaborates with internal and external investigators on multiple research projects ensuring scientific significance and feasibility.
    9. Summarizes results of clinical studies in the form of scientific abstracts and manuscripts.
    10. Serves as a resource to provide clinical and scientific information needed for various initiatives.
    11. Contributes to teaching activities by preparing and presenting educational seminars.
    12. Assists with and develops grant applications.
    13. Attends national conferences and presents results of clinical studies.
    14. Performs other research implementation tasks, as needed, including study recruitment, assessment, and research intervention delivery.

 

Problem Solving
This position may be involved with problems requiring modifications of scientific methods. This position is required to efficiently manage several research coordinators and associates as well as to allocate resources to address the needs of ongoing clinical trials.

Disclaimer
This job description has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by employees within this classification.  It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities and qualifications required of employees assigned to the job.

Work Environment and Level of Frequency that may be required
Nearly Continuously: Office environment.
Physical Requirements and Level of Frequency that may be required
Nearly Continuously: Sitting, hearing, listening, talking.
Often: Repetitive hand motion (such as typing), walking.
Seldom: Bending, reaching overhead.
Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree in biology, chemistry or other scientific discipline in a related field plus four years of experience or equivalency required. Demonstrated human relations and effective communication skills also required.

Applicants must demonstrate the potential ability to perform the essential functions of the job as outlined in the position description.

Preferences
PhD in neuroscience, neuropsychology, cognitive science, or psychology. Experience with EEG, psychophysiology, and fMRI data processing and analysis. Computer science skills.

 

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Last Updated: 9/19/22