Postdoctoral Fellow - Substance Use Prevention

Job ID 2019-33580
Area of Interest
Research & Development
Location Name
West 8th
FTE/Hours per pay period
1.0 FTE (80 hours per bi-weekly pay periods)
Work Status
Limited Term
Child Health, Behavior & Devel
Day Shift
Primary Location : City
Primary Location : State/Province

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As a Magnet designated institution, and classified among America’s best large employers by Forbes, we recognize the importance of hiring and developing great talent to provide best-in-class care to the patients and families we serve. Our organizational DNA takes form in our core values: Compassion, Excellence, Integrity, Collaboration, Equity and Innovation. Whether it’s delivering frontline care to our patients in a kind and caring manner, practicing the highest standards of quality and safety, or being relentlessly curious as we work towards eradicating childhood diseases, these values are the fabric of our culture and community. The future starts here.


Postdoctoral Fellowship: The Center for Child Health, Behavior, and Development at the Seattle Children’s Research Institute is accepting applications for a two year postdoctoral position focused on substance use prevention among adolescents (PI: Dr. Cari McCarty).


The postdoctoral fellow will have the opportunity to lead and/or participate in 1) a pilot research project focused on integrated care for marijuana use reduction among teens in primary care setting, 2) a pilot project to educate parents around strategies to prevent substance misuse in adolescents, and 3) a program evaluation of a middle school SBIRT program designed to increase school connection and improve mental health and substance use outcomes among young adolescents.     


Job responsibilities include: developing study protocols and IRB submissions for new research projects; working as part of a research team to coordinate and implement data collection; analyzing, interpreting, presenting and writing up study findings in partnership with the PIs and statistical core members; generating and answering novel research questions and disseminating findings. The fellow may additionally participate in interdisciplinary leadership seminars with other postdoctoral and medical fellows, as part of the UW LEAH program ( The fellow will have ample time for writing and developing their own research questions, for seeking additional statistical training and consultation, and for presenting his/her research findings at national conferences. Start date: July 1-Sept 1, 2020. 


Please direct any questions about this position to Dr. Cari McCarty at:


Required Education/Experience:
- PhD in specialty area from an accredited university training program
- Experience using basic research techniques of specialty area

- Previous experience conducting research in the pediatric arena
- Experience in protocol and manuscript development and in grant writing

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