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Assistant Research Scientist

University of Georgia
Georgia, United States
Salary Not Specified
Date posted
Mar 27, 2023

Position Summary

The Department of Counseling and Human Development Services ( CHDS ) in the Mary Frances Early College of Education at the University of Georgia invites applications for an Assistant Research Scientist to serve as a Project Manager /Supervisor on several federally-funded training grants. This is not a tenure-track position.

The individual hired for this position will serve as Project Manager and assist the Principal Investigator (PI) in overseeing and implementing major objectives of externally-funded projects, including: 1) development and implementation of project-related infrastructure, objectives and goals; 2) provision of clinical and/or research supervision; 3) periodic teaching of health psychology-related courses; 4) training of graduate students; and 5) data analytic and management support of research conducted in the PI’s laboratory. Several programs that this individual will help to oversee are in the area of behavioral workforce development. These lines of research are currently funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration ( HRSA ) and Department of Education (DoE).

The Assistant Research Scientist will work closely with an interdisciplinary team of psychologists, social work providers, physicians, pharmacists, counselors, etc. to deliver inter-professional integrated biopsychosocial health care services to underserved and underrepresented populations and communities.

Special Instructions to Applicants

Applicants should submit:
  • A letter of application specifically responsive to the position’s responsibilities and required qualifications as described above,
  • A curriculum vitae,
  • Two writing samples, and
  • The names and contact information of three persons who can provide letters of reference.
Questions may be addressed to the Search Committee by August 1, 2023, are assured of full consideration. Questions may be addressed to the Search Committee Chair, Bernadette Heckman, Ph.D.,

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Working Title

Assistant Research Scientist


COE-Counseling & Human Dev Svc

About the University of Georgia

Since our founding in 1785, the University of Georgia has operated as Georgia’s oldest, most comprehensive, and most diversified institution of higher education ( ). The proof is in our more than 235 years of academic and professional achievements and our continual commitment to higher education. UGA is currently ranked among the top 20 public universities in U.S. News & World Report. The University’s main campus is located in Athens, approximately 65 miles northeast of Atlanta, with extended campuses in Atlanta, Griffin, Gwinnett, and Tifton. UGA employs approximately 3,000 faculty and more than 7,700 full-time staff. The University’s enrollment exceeds 40,000 students including over 30,000 undergraduates and over 10,000 graduate and professional students. Academic programs reside in 18 schools and colleges, as well as a medical partnership with Augusta University housed on the UGA Health Sciences Campus in Athens.

About the College/Unit/Department

As the 4th largest public college of education in the country and the 3rd largest college at UGA, the Mary Frances Early College of Education ( MFE COE ) improves the lives of residents of Georgia and beyond through our instruction, research, and service. The MFE COE is a comprehensive college with disciplines focused on teacher preparation, counseling and human development, communication sciences, human movement sciences, career development, student affairs, and educational administration and policy. We place significant emphasis on graduate education with approximately 40% of our students at the graduate level, making us the second largest college at UGA with respect to graduate education. The Mary Frances Early College of Education ( MFECOE ) consists of nine departments and approximately 220 faculty members.

The Department of Counseling and Human Development Services houses several mental and behavioral health service programs including a PhD Program in Counseling Psychology and two Master’s programs in School Counseling and Mental Health Counseling. The Assistant Research Scientist position will manage the training collaboration across the mental and behavioral health programs and community partnerships to ensure that students receive contemporary training across a variety of psychosocial and clinical diagnostic areas, including substance use, trauma, integrated care, Alzheimer’s Disease and other dementia-related disorders, depression/anxiety disorders, and other populations.

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Benefits Eligibility

Benefits Eligible


Advertised Salary

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Job Closing Date

Open until filled


Location of Vacancy

Athens Area

EEO Statement

The University of Georgia is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, genetic information, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation or protected veteran status. Persons needing accommodations or assistance with the accessibility of materials related to this search are encouraged to contact Central HR (

Position Details

Position Information

Classification Title

Researcher AC


Faculty Rank

Assistant Research Scientist

Contract Type

Academic (9 mo.)

Tenure Status

Non-Tenure Track

Minimum Qualifications

Earned doctorate in counseling psychology or a related field (e.g., psychology, social work, counseling, etc.) at the time of employment

Additional Requirements
  • Background in health psychology and/or biopsychosocial approaches/interventions;
  • Strong competencies, particularly around awareness, knowledge, skills and cultural humility;
  • Research, supervision and teaching experience; and
  • Experience leading and working with collaborative, multidisciplinary research teams.
Relevant/Preferred Education, Experience, Licensure, and/or Certification

Preferred Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and/or Competencies

Physical Demands

Is this a Position of Trust?


Does this position have operation, access, or control of financial resources?


Does this position require a P-Card?


Is having a P-Card an essential function of this position?


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Does this position have direct interaction or care of children under the age of 18 or direct patient care?


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Credit and P-Card policy

Be advised a credit check will be required for all positions with financial responsibilities. For additional information about the credit check criteria, visit the UGA Credit Background Check website.



Assist PI in overseeing and coordinating grant funded projects related to behavioral health workforce development including:
  • training and supervision activities of project personnel/staff and participating student-trainees;
  • ensure project adherence to planned timelines and budgets;
  • meet regularly with other key personnel and project staff to discuss project progress
  • ensure coordination and collaboration across community agencies;

plan and deliver high quality professional development and intervention services to community partners and K-12 in-service educators, etc.

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To assist in program evaluation and research related to workforce development grants. Oversee and conduct program development and evaluation with district partners including research-practice partnerships Contribute to the dissemination of evidence and research-based practices to a range of audiences.

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Supervise, teach and train graduate students in Counseling/School and Clinical Psychology, Mental Health Counseling, School Counseling and Social Work. Design and teach graduate courses, practicums related to behavioral health supervision and training.

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Applicant Documents
Required Documents
  1. Resume/CV
  2. Cover Letter
  3. Writing Sample
  4. List of References with Contact Information
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