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University of Colorado Research Associate (Postdoc) in Colorado Springs, Colorado

Research Associate (Postdoc) - 32322 Research Faculty


The University of Colorado Colorado Springs will not sponsor work visas or permanent resident applications for this position

Envision yourself in a collaborative, inclusive, and innovative work environment that has a deep commitment to position our graduates for success in their professional and personal lives. Visualize applying your energy and skills for an organization that respects and cares about its employees enough to offer some of the best benefits of the industry while encouraging every team member to grow, collaborate, and provide input on how to consistently make the workplace a place people love to work. Imagine working at a college that welcomes everyone — students, faculty, staff, and community members — regardless of their backgrounds, beliefs, or traditions. If what was just described is what you look for in a workplace, welcome to the University of Colorado Colorado Springs (UCCS) (https://apptrkr.com/get_redirect.php?id=5310055&targetURL=https://www.uccs.edu/) !

Who We Are:

The Lyda Hill Institute for Human Resilience at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs is seeking qualified applicants for a post-doctoral position in trauma psychology research. The fellow will work Dr. Charles Benight on an NSF-funded project conducting research-related activities, which include day-to-day research operations, data management and analysis, supervision of graduate and undergraduate research assistants as appropriate, and the preparation of manuscripts and grants.

The project centers around using multi-source data collection to understand and predict recovery and coping dynamics following acute traumatic injury. This is a two-year fellowship opportunity with the potential to extend depending on available funding. The fellow may submit their own grants during their appointment and has the opportunity to accumulate post-doctoral clinical and research hours that count toward Colorado licensure.

The Lyda Hill Institute for Human Resilience offers exceptional opportunities for a postdoctoral researcher to hone their research and professional identity, as well as explore unique research and professional development opportunities. Postdoctoral researchers have the opportunity to work directly with leading researchers in the fields of posttraumatic stress and post-trauma adaptation and recovery, as well as have access to a global network of researchers in these fields through the Institute's affiliate program. The Institute also provides excellent support in the development, submission, and administration of grant-funded research. Postdoctoral researchers also have the opportunity to grow and develop in novel research domains, namely in understanding nonlinear dynamical systems and the application of nonlinear dynamical systems to trauma-focused research. The Institute also provides opportunities to work with and learn from one of the leaders in the field of nonlinear dynamical systems.

In addition to research and professional development, postdoctoral researchers have the opportunity to grow and develop as a research mentor via close working relationships with graduate students and research assistants. These opportunities include but are not limited to collaborating on ongoing research projects, consulting on theses and dissertations, and assisting with project development. For those interested in pursuing clinical licensure, there are also opportunities to gain postdoctoral clinical hours via direct clinical service, as well as through providing clinical supervision on grant-funded research projects (as available).

Finally, postdoctoral researchers have the opportunity to work within a highly collaborative and supportive research environment that prioritizes the development and well-being of the postdoctoral researcher. The Institute provides a flexible and accommodating work environment, excellent benefits, and a light-hearted and friendly culture.

Job Duties:

  • Research design, coordination of data analyses, data management, and writing up study results and disseminating research in appropriate venues.

  • Provide research supervision, mentorship, and direction for undergraduate and graduate students involved in the Institute.

  • Assisting Institute researchers with manuscript and grant writing.

  • May facilitate group intervention sessions.

  • Contribute to refinement of the intervention.

The job duties listed are typical examples of work performed by positions in this job classification and are not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, tasks, and responsibilities. Specific duties and responsibilities may vary depending on department or program needs without changing the general nature and scope of the job or level of responsibility. Employees may also perform other duties as assigned.

Work Location: On-site

This position has been determined to be exempt from the overtime provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

What We Offer:

Salary Range: Generally starting at $55,000 - $57,000 per year

The salary of the finalist(s) selected for this role will be set based on a variety of factors, including but not limited to, internal equity, experience, education, specialty and training.

The University of Colorado Colorado Springs offers excellent benefits (https://apptrkr.com/get_redirect.php?id=5310055&targetURL=https://www.cu.edu/employee-services/benefits-wellness/new-employee) , some of which include:

  • Medical insurance, with the lowest cost option being $0 to the employee

  • Dental, Vision, Life and Disability insurance

  • Generous paid vacation and sick time accruals (14.67 hours of vacation and 10 hours of sick accrued per month, prorated if part-time)

  • Mandatory retirement plans. Employees contribute 5% of their annual compensation. CU doubles that and contributes 10%

  • Tuition Assistant Benefit available to you or a dependent

  • Paid Parental Leave after 12 months of employment

  • Faculty Housing Assistance Program (https://apptrkr.com/get_redirect.php?id=5310055&targetURL=https://www.cu.edu/treasurer/housing-assistance-programs)

This position is dependent on the availability of external grant funding. Funding is currently expected to last 1 year.

Tentative Search Timeline:

  • Priority will be given to applications submitted by 9/15/2024 However, this posting will remain open until filled.

  • The potential dates for interviews with the search committee will be the week of 9/22/2024.

  • The potential dates for interviews with the supervisor and appointing authority will be the week of 10/1/2024.

  • The potential employee start date is 6/1/2025.

The University of Colorado Colorado Springs is committed to providing a safe and productive learning, living and working community. To assist in achieving this goal, we conduct background investigations for all prospective applicants being considered for employment. Background investigations include a criminal history record check, and when appropriate, a financial and/or motor vehicle history check.

UCCS is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. In compliance with applicable laws and in furtherance of its commitment to fostering an environment that welcomes and embraces diversity, the University of Colorado does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, disability, age, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, political affiliation or political philosophy in its programs or activities, including employment, admissions, and educational programs. Alternative formats of this ad can be provided upon request for individuals with disabilities by contacting the Office of Human Resources at (719) 255-3372.

The Immigration Reform and Control Act requires that verification of employment eligibility be documented for all new employees by the end of the third day of work.


Please note that while the position details both required qualifications as well as preferred qualifications below, we want applicants to be aware that they do not need to have all of the desired skills and experience to be considered for this position. If you meet the minimum qualifications, have passion for the work, along with experience in a related field, you are encouraged to apply. We encourage on-the-job training for any additional skills or knowledge that become relevant to the position.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Ph.D. in Social/Health/Developmental/Clinical/Counseling Psychology or related field.

  • Experience designing and conducting research and writing reports/articles (as described in your application materials).

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Grant writing experience.

  • Social cognitive research focus.

  • Experience with nonlinear dynamical systems approaches.

Physical Requirements:

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to sit. Employee is occasionally required to move. Tasks may involve looking at computer screens continuously for long periods of time. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 20 pounds.

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each of the established essential functions and meet the physical and environment demands described satisfactorily. The requirements listed are representative of the knowledge, skill, ability, physical and environmental conditions required of the employee on the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions, physical and environmental demands.

Applicants with disabilities: If you have a mental or physical impairment, which limits one of your major life activities (e.g. walking, hearing, seeing, speaking, breathing, or learning) and require special accommodations for testing or interviewing, it is your responsibility to notify the office scheduling the interview or test at least 3 working days before the interview or test date. If you need special accommodations at the work site, you must notify the appointing authority or Human Resources.

Special Instructions to Applicants: · Applications submitted by September 15, 2024 will receive full consideration. · Applications submitted through email or surface mail will not be considered. Please apply at cu.edu/cu-careers (job #: 32322). · Official transcripts will be required upon hire If you have technical difficulties with your application, please contact the CU Careers help desk at 303-860-4200 #5 or cucareershelp@cu.edu (https://apptrkr.com/get_redirect.php?id=5310055&targetURL=cucareershelp@cu.edu) . Job related inquiries should be directed to the posting contact. The University of Colorado Colorado Springs will not sponsor work visas or permanent resident applications for this position. Application Materials Required: Cover Letter, Resume/CV, Reference Letters (Not Confidential) Application Materials Instructions: Please identify the job specific minimum qualifications you possess in your cover letter and be sure your resume includes any and all relevant experience to be accurately assessed against the qualifications listed in the posting. To apply, please submit the following application materials to this posting. 1. A current resume (CV). Must include date ranges to include month and year (mm/yyyy) and whether the position was full time or part time. 2. A cover letter that specifically addresses the job requirements and outlines qualifications. 3. Unofficial transcripts 4. Three reference letters When submitting the materials, check the Job Specific Attachments box next to each document in order for the search committee members to see your materials

Job Category : Faculty

Primary Location : Colorado Springs Department: C0001 -- Colorado Springs Campus - 40386 - AA-Lyda Hill Institute for Hum

Schedule : Full-time

Posting Date : Jun 5, 2024

Unposting Date : Ongoing Posting Contact Name: Brooks Robinson Posting Contact Email: brobins3@uccs.edu (https://apptrkr.com/get_redirect.php?id=5310055&targetURL=brobins3@uccs.edu) Position Number: 00421904

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The University of Colorado does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, pregnancy, disability, creed, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, veteran status, political affiliation, or political philosophy. All qualified individuals are encouraged to apply.