Post-Doctoral Fellow

The University of Maryland School of Social Work is seeking a Postdoctoral Fellow to begin in Fall 2022. The fellowship provides an opportunity for postdoctoral scholars to advance implementation science for intervention research focused on improving behavioral health service systems treating individuals with serious mental illness and opioid use disorder. The Fellow will be provided time, space, and mentoring to develop their early career scholarship.

The Postdoctoral Fellow will work primarily with Dr. Jay Unick in the School of Social Work to support implementation science components of two federally-funded research projects – an NIH R01 clinical trial testing a telemedicine intervention to improve medication adherence and clinical outcomes for SMI individuals; and a NIDA R24 building research infrastructure among OUD treatment and support service agencies. The Fellow’s specific project-related responsibilities will be developed in consultation with Dr. Unick, and may include project management, implementation design and facilitation, data management/analyses and manuscript preparation.

The postdoctoral fellowship is a two-year full-time appointment. Salary is commensurate with NIH guidelines for postdoctoral fellows (see Benefits are also provided. See for more information on postdoctoral training and benefits at the University of Maryland, Baltimore.

The University of Maryland, Baltimore, located on 32 acres in downtown Baltimore, is known as the “Campus of the Professions” and is comprised of seven professional schools (Social Work, Medicine, Nursing, Dentistry, Pharmacy, Law, and Graduate). Also located on campus is the University of Maryland Medical Center. The School of Social Work is one of the ten largest schools of Social Work in the country. Currently ranked 17th by U.S. News & World Report, the School has also been ranked 5th in the nation in publication productivity. The postdoctoral fellow will have access to the UMB Office of Postdoctoral Scholars, which provides resources for career development, writing support, funding opportunities, and collaboration.

The School of Social Work is deeply committed to a community of excellence, equity, and diversity and welcomes applications from women, underrepresented minorities, persons with disabilities, sexual minority groups, and other candidates who will contribute to the diversification and enrichment of ideas and perspectives.

Qualifications :


A doctoral degree in Social Work, Psychology, Public Health, or a related field is required. Applicants must have defended their dissertation prior to beginning the fellowship, and must be within three years of completing their doctorate. Preferred candidates will have:
  • Expertise in implementation science research and/or experience working with Community Behavioral Health Agencies;
  • Previous experience with persons diagnosed with serious mental illness and/or opioid use disorder;
  • Experience working directly with people from diverse racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic backgrounds.
  • Experience incorporating the perspectives of multiple communities, including communities of color.
  • Strong organizational, time management, and interpersonal skills, including effective oral/written communication, as evidenced by publications or grant-writing experience;
  • Embraces and actively promotes an inclusive and equitable work environment.
  • Experience conducting mixed-methods research, including quantitative and qualitative analytical skills;
  • Proficient computer skills use statistical packages and proficiency in navigating and maintaining databases. Experience with Stata and NVivo is preferred.

All Candidates Must Apply Online.

Documents as part of the application package:

1. Cover letter describing training, research skills and interests, and career aspirations

2. Up-to-date CV

3. Three writing samples (preferably at least one first-authored publication)

go to open the Faculty and Postdoc Jobs Portal & search for Requisition ID: 2300005N

(Two-Year Postdoctoral Fellowship in Medication Adherence Intervention Research)

Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until a suitable candidate is selected.

UMB is an Equal Opportunity/ Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, color, religion, national origin, disability, protected Veteran status, age, or any other characteristic protected by law or policy.

If you need a reasonable accommodation for a disability, for any part of the recruitment process, please contact us at and let us know the nature of your request and your contact information. Please note that only inquiries concerning a request for reasonable accommodation will be responded to from this email address.

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