POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWSHIP AT MCGILL UNIVERSITY/JEWISH GENERAL HOSPITAL

 There is an opening for a research Postdoctoral Fellow at McGill University and the Jewish General Hospital in Montreal with Dr. Brett Thombs. The position will involve participation in projects carried out as part of the activities of the Scleroderma Patient-centered Intervention Network (SPIN; www.spinsclero.com). SPIN is an international organization of researchers, clinicians, and patients from North America and Europe that is dedicated to developing, testing, and disseminating internet-based and eHealth self-management, rehabilitation, and psychological interventions for scleroderma patients. To do this, SPIN maintains a large cohort of over 1700 patients (and growing) from more than 40 sites in Canada, the USA, UK, France, Spain, and Mexico and uses the SPIN Cohort as a framework for randomized controlled trials (RCTs). The position is a one- to two-year position. Applicants should have a recent doctoral degree in psychology or another health-related field. The doctoral degree should be obtained by the date of hire.

Scleroderma is a rare, autoimmune connective tissue disease that can have a devastating impact on those with the disease. Conducting high-quality, robust trials in a rare disease context is challenging, and most people with rare diseases cannot access evidence-based self-management, rehabilitation, and psychological interventions. SPIN was formed to demonstrate how international collaboration and novel, cutting-edge research designs can be used to address this problem. Currently, SPIN is conducting two large (N = 400-500 patients) internet-based RCTs and is preparing several others. The postdoctoral fellow will have opportunities to gain experience in a range of activities, including involvement in management of the SPIN Cohort and ongoing RCTs of SPIN’s internet-based patient tools, involvement in management and delivery of a RCT of an educational and training program for scleroderma patient support group leaders, and involvement and delivery of in a trial of cognitive behavior therapy for social anxiety related to body image concerns due to disfigurement. The postdoctoral fellow will have the opportunity to create intervention content, develop treatment protocols, manage large international trials, perform data analyses, write grants, write manuscripts (including first-authored publications), review manuscripts, and present findings at national and international conferences. The fellow will also have the opportunity to work with SPIN’s international multidisciplinary team, which includes psychologists, rheumatologists, methodologists, and others.

Interested candidates should submit a letter of interest, reprints or preprints of representative published articles, a curriculum vitae, an unofficial transcript, and contact information for three references. The position will remain open until filled. Appointment renewal and/or extension is contingent upon the continuation of funding.

Inquiries regarding this position and submission of applications should be sent via email to Dr. Brett Thombs (brett.thombs@mcgill.ca).