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Postdoc in Social Epidemiology of Opioid and Other Drug Use

Arizona State University

Arizona State University

Phoenix, AZ, USA
Posted on Wednesday, June 5, 2024

Arizona State University: Office of the University Provost Downtown: College of Health Solutions


Phoenix, AZ

Open Date

Sep 22, 2023


The College of Health Solutions (CHS) at Arizona State University (ASU) is seeking to fill a postdoc vacancy in social epidemiology of opioid, psychostimulant, and/or other drug use. The candidate will work in the lab of Dr. Raminta Daniulaityte. Please, see the Social Determinants of Drug Use Lab website (https://sites.google.com/asu.edu/daniulaitytelab/home) for information on research projects. Ongoing and planned projects focus on the intersections of socio-cultural contexts, drug-market conditions, and individual vulnerabilities related to the illicitly manufactured fentanyl use and related health risks, natural history studies of illicit opioid use, psychostimulant use and heat-related risks, and web-based monitoring of emerging drug use patterns and trends. The selected candidate will also have the opportunity to collaborate with other faculty across different projects.

Responsibilities for this position include contributing to ongoing research on opioid, psychostimulant and other drug use, including collection and analysis of qualitative and quantitative data, present research findings to community partner organizations and at scientific meetings, publish results in scientific journals, assist with new collaborative grant applications, work collaboratively with other research team members, and assist in mentoring undergraduate and graduate students. Although the postdoctoral research fellow will dedicate most of their effort to ongoing research projects and new collaborative grant applications, they will be encouraged to pursue independent research interests within the relevant fields of drug use and provision of harm reduction and treatment services.

The ideal candidate will have dedicated interest and experience in research on the impacts of socio-cultural and structural factors on opioid, psychostimulant and/or other drug use, and/or utilization of substance use treatment and harm reduction services, as well as demonstrated methodological expertise in at least one of the following areas: qualitative data collection and analysis, advanced statistical methods, mixed-methods research, community-based research, and/or analysis of web-based data. This position is expected to demonstrate progress towards a K99/R00 application and publish at least 3 manuscripts (1 as lead author) within the first 12 months of position.

At ASU and the College of Health Solutions, we work to maximize opportunities for people from diverse backgrounds, abilities, and perspectives. We value and encourage inclusive excellence as outlined in our ASU Charter and strive to foster a welcoming and inclusive environment for all faculty, staff, and students — which we believe is critical to our success as a community. All individuals who can strengthen our academic community are encouraged to apply and will be considered without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other basis protected by law.

About the College of Health Solutions

The College of Health Solutions is committed to translating scientific health research and discovery into practice to improve health outcomes through education, research, and service. We equip students with the knowledge and skills to influence healthier lifestyle choices; develop creative interventions to improve the health of people and populations; analyze and translate large amounts of health data into solutions; and maximize the technology, science, business, and application of diagnostics. Through teaching, academic programs, service and research, all faculty at the College of Health Solutions address one or more of our three major areas of focus: 1) The systems of health care and the health needs of populations; 2) Health and human performance of individuals across the lifespan; 3) Personalized interventions through precision health. Across these areas, we work to address complex and difficult health problems which require transformative collaboration, translational research, and innovation. We are particularly interested in making an impact on populations with significant health disparities.

Our research programs encompass basic science, discovery science, clinical trials, intervention science and measurement of health outcomes. In all cases, our faculty use interdisciplinary approaches to address the complex systems that underpin health problems. We are highly collaborative, transparent and team-oriented. Our innovative organizational structure includes translational teams that move science from labs into communities with evidence-based interventions that make a difference, as well as affinity networks where teams of people work together to improve methodologies and processes. All our programs, in and out of the classroom, are designed with the goal of improving the health of people and communities.

Current training programs include behavioral health, biomedical diagnostics, biomedical informatics, exercise science, health promotion, health sciences, kinesiology, medical studies, nutrition, population health, the science of health care delivery, and speech and hearing science. Our programs are offered at the ASU Downtown Phoenix, Tempe, Polytechnic, West and Lake Havasu campuses, as well as on Mayo Clinic’s campus in north Phoenix.

About Arizona State University

Arizona State University is a new model for American higher education, an unprecedented combination of academic excellence, entrepreneurial energy, and broad access. U.S. News & World Report ranks ASU #1 in the U.S. for innovation for nine years in a row. ASU has been named a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI) by the U.S. Department of Education, a major milestone in its enterprise-wide commitment to increase the diversity of its student body. This New American University is a single, unified institution comprising multiple differentiated campuses positively impacting the economic, social, cultural, and environmental health of the communities it serves. Its research is inspired by real world application blurring the boundaries that traditionally separate academic disciplines. ASU serves 144,800 students across all campuses and on-line as of the Fall 2023 semester. ASU champions intellectual and cultural diversity and welcomes students from all fifty states and more than one hundred nations across the globe.

For more information about ASU and the College of Health Solutions, visit http://about.asu.edu/ and https://chs.asu.edu.


Required Qualifications

  • Doctorate (e.g., PhD, ScD) in epidemiology/public health, social and behavioral health sciences, social work, or other related fields
  • Research interests and experiences in epidemiology and socio-cultural factors of opioid, psychostimulant and/or other drug use
  • Experience analyzing qualitative and/or quantitative data.
  • Record of peer-reviewed publications
  • Demonstrated ability to progress towards a K99/R00 application and publish at least 3 manuscripts (1 as lead author) within the first 12 months of position.
  • Shows support of ASU’s commitment to inclusive excellence as outlined in the ASU charter

Desired Qualifications

  • Experience in community-based research with persons who use drugs
  • Experience in conducting mixed methods research
  • Experience in NIH grant writing
  • Record of at least two first-author peer-reviewed publications
  • Background, knowledge, and/or research that could be relevant to the needs of Arizona's diverse populations
  • Potential for high impact research
  • Evidence of participation in translational, trans-disciplinary, and team science initiatives

Application Instructions

Applications will be reviewed beginning November 1, 2023. Applications will continue to be accepted on a rolling basis for a reserve pool. Applications in the reserve pool may then be reviewed in the order in which they were received until the position is filled.

To apply, please submit the following:

  • A letter of interest including the name of the position for which you are applying, your qualifications, and professional experience, and an example(s) of how your work has exemplified Arizona State University’s Charter and its values of Inclusive Excellence
  • Research statement.
  • Curriculum vitae.
  • Two written samples/publications.
  • Information for three professional references (their position, title, e-mail, phone number). References will not be contacted until the candidate progresses to the latter stages of the search process.

Informal inquiries and questions can be directed to Dr. Raminta Daniulaityte, raminta.daniulaityte@asu.edu.