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Postdoctoral Associate

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Work type: Research Faculty
Senior management: Vice President for Research
Department: Fralin Biomedical Res. Institute
Location: Roanoke, Virginia
Categories: Research / Scientific

Job Description

Postdoctoral Associate positions are available at Fralin Biomedical Research Institute at the Virginia Tech Carilion campus located in Roanoke, VA. These roles will work in the Addiction Recovery Research Center (ARRC), directed by Dr. Warren K. Bickel. The successfully selected candidates will work primarily on NIH-funded projects that are examining the theory of Reinforcer Pathology and Episodic Future Thinking as an intervention for substance use, including for tobacco, alcohol, and cocaine use disorders. Postdoctoral Associate responsibilities will also focus on the use of the Experimental Tobacco Marketplace to investigate choice behavior and policies among nicotine users from a behavioral economics framework. Moreover, ARRC has ongoing projects to examine decision-making in addiction recovery. The position is well suited for individuals interested in technology applications and behavioral economics in addiction and health behavior. Moreover, this position will be involved in developing pilot research programs in the areas of addiction, decision-making and other human interactions. The selected candidates will be expected to help develop these additional projects.

Required Qualifications

* PhD in psychology, neuroscience, or appropriate related discipline. PhD must be awarded no more than four years prior to the effective date of appointment with a minimum of one year eligibility remaining.
* Possess a record of research excellence as indicated by peer-reviewed publications and presentations.
* Possess a solid background in addiction or health behaviors research and/or behavioral economics.

Preferred Qualifications

* Experience with behavior analysis and/or addiction research.
* Clinical trials experience.

Appointment Type


Salary Information

Commensurate with experience

Review Date

December 4, 2023

Additional Information

The successful candidate will be required to have a criminal conviction check.

About Virginia Tech

Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech pushes the boundaries of knowledge by taking a hands-on, transdisciplinary approach to preparing scholars to be leaders and problem-solvers. A comprehensive land-grant institution that enhances the quality of life in Virginia and throughout the world, Virginia Tech is an inclusive community dedicated to knowledge, discovery, and creativity. The university offers more than 280 majors to a diverse enrollment of more than 36,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students in eight undergraduate colleges, a school of medicine, a veterinary medicine college, Graduate School, and Honors College. The university has a significant presence across Virginia, including the Innovation Campus in Northern Virginia; the Health Sciences and Technology Campus in Roanoke; sites in Newport News and Richmond; and numerous Extension offices and research centers. A leading global research institution, Virginia Tech conducts more than $500 million in research annually.

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