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Post-Doctoral Research Associate

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Boulder, Colorado

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Research Faculty



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Job Summary

We are seeking a Post-Doctoral Research Associate to join Dr. Joanna Arch and her research team at the University of Colorado Boulder’s Department of Psychology and Neuroscience, with a University of Colorado Cancer Center affiliation. We specifically are looking for someone with strong data management and analytic skills for an NIH/NINR R01 study titled: Randomized Clinical Trial of a Multi-Modal Palliative Care Intervention. This multi-site trial evaluates an acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT)-based intervention to increase engagement in advance care planning and to reduce anxiety and depression symptoms among adults with metastatic cancer who endorse elevated anxiety or depression symptoms. The intervention alternates ACT group sessions (online during COVID) with self-paced online modules. This multi-site trial will recruit patients from community cancer care clinics across the state. The Post-Doctoral Research Associate will join the multidisciplinary core research team that includes expertise in clinical and health psychology, clinical social work, oncology, palliative care medicine, palliative care nursing, and biostatistics. The fellow will be involved in the coordination and management of the clinical trial; coordination with the oncology social work team (the interventionists); data collection, management, and analysis; manuscript and presentation preparation; and assisting with grant preparation. If desired, clinically the post-doctoral fellow also can be involved in providing ACT supervision/ coaching and training to community providers, and in assessing intervention adherence. Opportunities for involvement in broader work and collaboration within the laboratory and broader research team will be available.

The University of Colorado Boulder is committed to building a culturally diverse community of faculty, staff, and students dedicated to contributing to an inclusive campus environment. We are an Equal Opportunity employer, including veterans and individuals with disabilities.

Who We Are

The Department of Psychology and Neuroscience at the University of Colorado Boulder is one of the premier academic homes of the integration of psychology and neuroscience through a commitment to research, undergraduate education, and graduate training that all emphasize rigorous scientific methods, interdisciplinary collaboration, and a focus on the interplay between biology, brain, mind, and behavior.

Our research mission is to be a highly productive and nationally recognized faculty who engage in cutting edge and collaborative research that transcends traditional disciplinary boundaries while maintaining a firm grounding in psychology and neuroscience. 

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

  • Contribute to the design and implementation of study measures and data collection and will supervise data collection including day-to-day data management tasks related to patient baseline screening, informed consent, and follow-up assessments.
  • Ensure the integrity of data collection and management systems by overseeing programming, design, and management of online data collection platforms, including REDCap.
  • Conduct regular audits and monitoring of data quality to ensure research integrity of study measurement procedures and data collection.
  • Train and coordinate graduate students in conducting fidelity ratings for adherence to the manualized intervention content.
  • Receive regular supervision from the study PI and will attend regular telephone conferences with the oncology study sites and external collaborators, as well as weekly project team meetings at the University of Colorado Boulder.
  • Manage raw data files and write code to prepare those datasets for analysis (e.g., data merging, reshaping, ID linking, data cleaning, data quality checks, document final cleaned datasets).
  • Collaborate on data analysis with the study biostatistician.
  • Work closely with the study’s technology consultants to ensure that online intervention functionality is maintained throughout the study and provide an initial point of contact to troubleshoot problems.
  • Work with the investigators, including a senior biostatistician, to contribute to analysis and interpretation of study data, as well as the preparation of study reports, presentations, manuscripts, and grant applications.

What We Can Offer

Salary commensurate with training and experience.


The University of Colorado offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO Pass. The University of Colorado Boulder is one of the largest employers in Boulder County and offers an inspiring higher education environment. Learn more about the University of Colorado Boulder.

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What We Require

  • Ph.D. in Psychology, Statistics, Data Science, or related field. 

What You Will Need

  • Proficiency in relevant statistical packages.
  • Incredible attention to detail, well-organized, and mature.
  • The capability of working well with others and working independently, and be a quick learner and eager to contribute. 
  • Outstanding written and verbal communication skills and be capable of communicating clearly with both study team personnel and external audiences.

What We Would Like You To Have

  • Proficient in R, SPSS. 
  • Data management experience. 
  • Sophisticated statistical expertise particularly in longitudinal data analysis (e.g., HLM/MLM or latent growth modeling). 
  • Experience with clinical trials or behavioral interventions. 
  • Experience with coordination and management of the clinical trial; coordination with the oncology social work team delivering the intervention, 
  • Experience with data collection, management, and analysis; and manuscript, presentation, and grant preparation. 
  • Strong statistical training and experience with longitudinal data collection.

Special Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials:
  1. Resume/CV
  2. Cover Letter
  3. Statement of Research Philosophy
  4. Professional Publications
During the application process, you will need to enter contact information for three references and we will request letters of recommendation from them immediately upon application. 

Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

Note: Application materials will not be accepted via email. For consideration, applications must be submitted through CU Boulder Jobs.

Posting Contact Information

Posting Contact Name: Joanna Arch

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