Postdoctoral Fellowships and PhD studentship available in Global Mental Health research in China
The Global and Community Mental Health Research Group at the University of Macau (www.um-gmh.com) is currently recruiting one postdoctoral fellow and one PhD student to join our multidisciplinary research team. Pending university approval, we are seeking applications for exceptional postdoctoral fellows and research-oriented PhD students to begin in the fall of 2018. Applicants would be recruited under a special hiring scheme that provides outstanding compensation to select applicants. Our research program is focused on:
1) Addressing disparities in health and healthcare access among communities facing adversity through participatory research,
2) Understanding the social production of health and patterning of disease and psychiatric conditions on a population level, and
3)Evaluating interventions to reduce mental health problems and poor health among populations who do not have access to needed services globally.
Our team and our approaches are truly multi- and transdisciplinary in nature, and multiple perspectives for solutions to community health challenges are welcome. Our research agenda is focused primarily on communities in Asia (Mainland China, Macao, Hong Kong, and Southeast Asia).
Successful applicants should be able to assist in the management and execution of global mental health field trials. Planned work will involve rigorous mixed methods designs including cultural adaptation, a randomized controlled trial, and process evaluation of scalable mental health interventions for adults and adolescents experiencing adversity (migrants, survivors of gender-based violence, disaster exposed youth). Our work is carried out in partnership with the World Health Organization’s program for scalable psychological interventions. In addition to the conduct of the trial, applicants would have the opportunity to work on disseminating research findings from several large-scale studies, including longitudinal mixed methods research studies conducted among migrant communities (Filipino, Indonesian, Chinese).
Research fellows and PhD students will assist the PI in study management, statistical analyses, report writing, and journal publication (as lead author or co-author as appropriate). Postdoctoral fellows are expected to be more active leaders within the research group and assist in the mentoring, training and development of PhD students and undergraduates. Engagement in grant writing activities is also expected. Time for mentored independent research is possible.
Ideal qualifications for both positions:
1. Advanced training and skills in qualitative and quantitative methods, including the use of statistical and qualitative software;
2. willingness to relocate fulltime to Macau (SAR), China;
3. experience with project leadership in global health or specific research experience in China or Southeast Asia;
4. previous experience working with NGO/iNGO partner organizations;
5. a track record of academic accomplishment (e.g., journal publications) or strong scholarship potential;
6. working knowledge of written and spoken Chinese (Cantonese and Mandarin), and/or (Filipino, Indonesian, Vietnamese, Thai).
Language requirements can be relaxed for outstanding candidates.
For PhD student recruitment: Masters level qualification in public health, epidemiology, biostatistics, anthropology, sociology, medicine, global mental health/global health, or psychology.
For the Postdoctoral Fellowship: PhD, or professional equivalent (MD with MPH), in public health, epidemiology, biostatistics, anthropology, sociology, medicine, global mental health/global health, or psychology.
The positions are located in Macau (SAR), China at the University of Macau (www.umac.mo), in a beautiful campus located in Hengqin Island. We are one hour away from Hong Kong, and two hours away from Guangzhou, China. Housing for PhD students and postdoctoral fellows is available on campus.
To apply or for inquiries, please send emails directly to Prof. Brian J. Hall (firstname.lastname@example.org). Applicants should include: Cover letter, curriculum vitae, representative publication reprints/preprints, and 2 letters of reference;
Subject line: Postdoctoral position or PhD student position. Applications accepted on rolling basis.