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MSRC-STARRS Postdoctoral Fellowships Focusing on Suicide Research

We are seeking two post-doctoral fellows (2-year term, possibly with 3rd year option) to conduct research on the prediction, treatment, and prevention of suicidal behavior. The fellows will be physically located at Harvard, but will train and collaborate with a large, multi-site network of researchers leading the Army Study to Assess Risk and Resilience in Servicemembers (Army STARRS) and the Military Suicide Research Consortium (MSRC). Army STARRS is focused on identifying risk and protective factors for suicidal behavior and related conditions, and MSRC is focused on developing and testing effective treatments for suicidal behavior. The post-doctoral fellows will work at the interface of these two initiatives, focusing to a large extent on conducting research aimed at evaluating the impact and cost effectiveness of available intervention and prevention programs in epidemiologically targeted high risk population segments.

Candidates are expected to have a PhD in clinical psychology, quantitative psychology, public health, epidemiology, or a related field. Competitive candidates will have familiarity with clinical trials research and meta-analyses. Formal training will be provided in the methodologies of cost effectiveness analysis and biomedical informatics analysis. These positions require strong statistical and writing skills and will involve extensive literature review, data analysis, and manuscript preparation opportunities.

Research mentors include: Pete Gutierrez (Rocky Mountain Mental Illness Research, Education and Clinical Center at the Denver VA and University of Colorado School of Medicine), Thomas Joiner (Florida State University), Ronald Kessler (Harvard Medical School), Matthew Nock (Harvard University), Murray Stein (UC San Diego), Robert Ursano (Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences), and other Army STARRS and MSRC collaborators.

Please send: (a) a brief cover letter describing your background and interests, (b) CV, (c) two letters of recommendation, and (d) copies of relevant reprints/preprints (optional).

For further information, contact: Matthew Nock at These positions will be funded by MSRC, have starting salaries of $48,000/year, and a planned start date of July 1, 2017.