Multiple Postdoctoral Fellowships in Cannabidiol (CBD) Research at ISMMS

April 19, 2022

Cannabidiol (CBD) Research Program at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai (New York, NY) has openings for two Postdoctoral Fellows

The Cannabidiol Research Program focuses on the study and development of cannabidiol (CBD), a non-intoxicating cannabinoid, as a potential treatment for opioid use disorder. Current studies focus on understanding the effects of CBD on the human brain as well as conducting large clinical trials of CBD formulations as a pharmacological treatment for opioid use disorder. Our CBD research protocols are funded by the NIH- The Helping to End Addiction Long-term (HEAL) Initiative, a trans-agency effort to speed scientific solutions to stem the opioid public health crisis.

We are seeking highly motivated Postdoctoral Fellows, who will conduct NIH-funded research that utilize innovative pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics, neuroimaging, and clinical trial methodologies, as part of two ongoing protocols:

  1. Cannabidiol in the Treatment of Opioid Use Disorder: The goal of this clinical trial is to investigate CBD as a potential medication to reduce craving and relapse in individuals with opioid use disorder.
  2. Neuroimaging CBD Impacts on Heroin Craving: The purpose of this research is to study the effects of CBD on the brain using non-invasive magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and magnetic resonance spectroscopy (MRS) in individuals with opioid use disorder.

Candidates must have (or nearing completion of) a PhD degree in neuroscience, clinical or social psychology, behavioral economics, computational neuroscience and/or a related discipline.

Clinical trial candidate: Prior experience in conducting human clinical research is required. Knowledge of clinical psychiatric diagnostics and cognitive-behavioral assessment Knowledge in experimental statistics and cognitive tasks programing using PsychoPy/E-Prime is a plus. Previous experience in advanced multivariate data analysis is advantageous but not required.

Neuroimaging candidate: Hands-on experience in analyzing functional neuroimaging is desirable. sufficient knowledge in MatLab/Python/Perl/PowerShell scripting, are of priority.

General characteristics: Takes initiative. Strong communications skills and research productivity as well as ability to work effectively in a diverse research environment.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Conduct pharmacokinetics/pharmacodynamics, behavioral and/or clinical trials. Conduct clinical neuroimaging studies. Manage Research Assistants and Clinical Research Coordinators. Assist in data acquisition, organization and quality control. Perform statistical analyses of behavioral data and functional neuroimaging (fMRI, resting BOLD, MRS) data. Prepare manuscripts. Present findings at national conferences and local seminars/meetings.

*These positions are available immediately. Salary will be commensurate with experience.

Candidates should send their CV, statement of research interests, representative publications, and contact information of two references to

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