Professional Researcher Position

Substance Use Disorder Treatment and Recovery

The Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA currently has an opening for an academic researcher (at mid-level or senior rank) to join the Integrated Substance Abuse Programs (ISAP). ISAP comprises a group of multidisciplinary researchers in the areas of substance use disorder (SUD) treatment, clinical intervention, health services, program evaluation, and policy-relevant research as well as a significant component related to training activities.

We are looking for a mid-career or senior investigator with an established line of research on SUD treatment and recovery, including treatment access and utilization, health disparities, peer and community-based SUD recovery, and interventions to promote SUD recovery. The researcher will be responsible for all aspects of leading their own research studies, including scientific oversight, project management, dissemination of study findings to appropriate outlets, and preparation of project reports to funders. In addition, the researcher is expected to collaborate with other investigators at ISAP in developing new studies and participating on study teams; to participate in trainings of visiting scholars and pre- and postdoctoral trainees; and to contribute to the overall scientific direction and growth of ISAP. Service to the larger SUD field, such as having served as a grant reviewer for NIH, on journal editorial boards, and in professional organizations, is also required. The researcher will report directly to the ISAP co-directors.

The position requires a Ph.D. in psychology or a related field in behavioral health; a demonstrated track record of securing external funding, including from NIH, foundations, or other sources; ability to successfully manage multiple research studies; and a record of publications, including first-authored, and professional presentations commensurate with the level of appointment. Experience in training and mentoring of pre- and post-doctoral scholars is required.

Salary and corresponding rank and step is dependent on the candidate’s professional experience, research record,funding record, and accomplishments. Interested applicants must submit: i) a cover letter outlining academic interests and a brief statement about contributions to equity, diversity, and inclusion*; ii) curriculum vitae with bibliography; and iii) contact information for three potential references to the application portal at For more information, please contact Christine Grella, Ph.D. at

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