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Postdoctoral Research Associate-School of Social Work

University of Illinois
Illinois, United States
Competitive Salary
Posted Date
Dec 16, 2021

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Faculty Positions, Humanities, Women's & Gender Studies, Professional Fields, Social Work & Human Services, Social & Behavioral Sciences, Human Development & Family Sciences, Other Social & Behavioral Sciences, Psychology, Sociology
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Postdoctoral Research Associate

School of Social Work

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Located in Chicago, Illinois

Overview: The UIUC School of Social Work, invites applications for postdoctoral training in the context of an NIH-funded randomized trial testing virtual reality (VR) software to treat depressive symptoms in hemodialysis patients. The postdoctoral scholar will join Dr. Rosalba Hernandez’s lab which is focused on exploring the effects of positive psychological assets on cardiovascular health, particularly as it applies to racial/ethnic minority populations. In addition to hands-on training, by overseeing a large randomized trial, the position provides multidisciplinary training and mentorship for scholars to develop their research portfolio and train as a researcher and author of independently funded research. 

The University of Illinois is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer that recruits and hires qualified candidates without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, disability, or veteran status. For more information, visit

Major Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Manage research studies, collaborating with staff including sponsoring agencies, organizations and other research or educational institutions to ensure project objectives are attained. 
  • Monitor study performance, including recruitment and retention; analyze & review results. 
  • Maintain a detailed knowledge of all study protocols and serve as a primary liaison with external collaborators, and sponsors.  Manage and ensure completion of study activities per protocol.  
  • Responsible for designing materials, developing study forms, measures, and protocols.  
  • Collaborate with faculty on NIH funded projects. 
  • Oversee IRB maintenance for all studies under supervision including development of new IRB protocols, maintenance of UIUC IRB approvals, and coordination with other partner IRBs.    
  • Assist in the design and implementation of new grants proposals and project.  
  • Lead meetings and present weekly updates on recruitment, retention and study progress. 
  • Perform other related duties and participate in special projects as assigned.  
  • Develop surveys and other data collection instruments and protocols. Data collection, interpretation and utilization of data findings. 
  • Develop detailed and well-documented SAS programs to manage, manipulate, and analyze complex datasets 
  • Author peer-reviewed publications and conference presentations. 
  • Present research at scientific conferences, both national and international. 


An earned PhD from fields of social work, public health, psychology, epidemiology, health services, or nursing. Demonstrated proficiency using various statistical software programs and knowledge of RedCap and other online data collection tools. Good oral and written communication skills, strong analytic and organizational skills, and the ability to work independently and effectively follow through with multiple priorities under deadline pressure. Spanish fluency preferred.

Salary and Appointment Information:

This is a full-time (100%), Postdoctoral Research Associate position located in Chicago, Illinois. Salary is competitive and commensurate with qualifications. The proposed start date is as soon as possible after the closing date.

Qualified applicants must create a candidate profile through and upload a cover letter, resume, and the names, addresses, and telephone numbers of three professional references. Full consideration will be given to applications received by January 31, 2022. Interviews and hires may take place before the closing date, but all applications received by the closing date will receive full consideration. All requested information must be submitted for your application to be considered.

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University of Illinois faculty, staff and students are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. If you are not able to receive the vaccine for medical or religious reasons, you may seek approval for an exemption in accordance with applicable University processes.

The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer. Convictions are not a bar to employment. As a qualifying federal contractor, the University of Illinois System uses E-Verify to verify employment eligibility. The University of Illinois System requires candidates selected for hire to disclose any documented finding of sexual misconduct or sexual harassment and to authorize inquiries to current and former employers regarding findings of sexual misconduct or sexual harassment. For more information, visit Policy on Consideration of Sexual Misconduct in Prior Employment.

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