Post-doctoral fellowship in Developmental Disabilities Mental Health Research

Posting Details

Job Code/Title PD - Post Doctoral Position Number P00001 Working Title Post-doctoral fellowship in Developmental Disabilities Mental Health Research Department Psychiatry Organizational Overview

At VCU, we Make it Real through learning, research, creativity, service and discovery — the hallmarks of the VCU experience. A premier, urban, public research university nationally recognized as one of the best employers for diversity, VCU is a great place to work. It’s a place of opportunity, where your success is supported and your career can thrive. VCU offers employees a generous leave package, career paths for advancement, competitive pay, and an opportunity to do mission-driven work.

Recruitment Pool All Applicants Anticipated Hiring Range $52,704- $64,008 Campus MCV Campus Position Type Post Doc Hours/Week Normal work days Normal work hours Job Category Research Does this position provide patient or clinical services to the VCU Health System? No Does this position require a pre-placement medical assessment? No Is any portion of this position grant-funded? Yes - Continuation of this position depends on funding of the grant. Sensitive Position No Resource Critical Yes Description of the Job

The Department of Psychiatry, within the School of Medicine at Virginia Commonwealth University ( VCU ) in Richmond, Virginia, invites applications for a full-time postdoctoral researcher position, available immediately. The position will be located at the Virginia Institute for Psychiatric and Behavioral Genetics ( VIPBG ) (, however, the work may be performed remotely due to the COVID -19 pandemic. VIPBG is world-renowned for its contributions to the genetic epidemiology of behavior and psychopathology. Its faculty and affiliates represent diverse disciplines including molecular genetics, psychology, epidemiology, and statistics. Accordingly, the successful candidate will have access to a range of training opportunities during the course of their postdoctoral research.

This is a one-year position. The successful applicant will contribute to a research program on the effects of COVID -related stress on the mental and behavioral health and epigenetic changes of people with Down Syndrome. This program is funded through the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. Opportunities are available for conference presentations and workshop attendance to further develop analytic skills.

Specific responsibilities will include:
- Assisting with recruitment and remote data collection, including psychiatric diagnostic interviewing administered through telehealth.
- Development of research questions consistent with specific aims of funded study.
- Execution of analyses independently and in collaboration with other members of the research team.
- Documentation of all analytic procedures through open science applications.
- Manuscript preparation and submission to peer reviewed academic journals.
- Contribution as a co-author to manuscripts led by other members of the research team.
- Presentation of findings at professional conferences.

Required Qualifications

Applicants must have a PhD and proven skills in psychology, social work, counselor education, rehabilitation counseling, or a related field. Clinical experience with children or adults with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities is required. Demonstration of excellent written and oral communication skills is required. Quantitative analytic skills are required, preferably within the context of R, MPLUS, and/or SPSS . Applicants must work well both independently and in collaborative environments; strong interpersonal skills are essential.

Preferred Qualifications

History of peer reviewed publications is preferred. History of design and execution of research aims related to developmental disabilities, psychiatric, or behavioral outcomes in preferred.

Job Open Date 10/12/2020 Remove from posting on or before Open Until Filled Yes Special Instructions to Applicants

Please direct questions about the position to Dr. Ruth Brown-Ennis (

Under the Applicant Documents section, “other documents” consists of your transcripts as well as a writing sample.

Additional Information

VCU is located in Richmond, Virginia, a small city with a vibrant arts scene, nationally recognized museums, award-winning restaurants, and abundant opportunities to enjoy the outdoors. Richmond’s location in the middle of the state allows for day or weekend trips to the beach, the Blue Ridge Mountains, and Washington, D.C. Furthermore, Richmond is TIME magazine’s No. 2 city in the United States for attracting millennial talent, and is one of the fastest-growing tech hubs in the country.

Quick Link Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Please describe your research experience.

    (Open Ended Question)

  2. * Describe your experience in working with individuals with disabilities.

    (Open Ended Question)

Optional & Required Documents
Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter/Letter of Application
  2. Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  3. Reference Letter - 1
  4. Reference Letter - 2
  5. Reference Letter - 3
  6. Other Document
  7. Diversity Statement (Required for all Faculty)
Optional Documents