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UNIV - Staff Scientist I - Psychiatry: Addiction Sciences Division

Medical University of South Carolina

Medical University of South Carolina

Charleston, SC, USA
Posted on Tuesday, April 18, 2023
  • R-0000011896
  • Charleston, South Carolina
  • Unclassified Nonfaculty-University
  • Other
  • Full Time

Job Description Summary

The Dahne Lab within the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and the Hollings Cancer Center at the Medical University of South Carolina announce a staff scientist I position in behavioral health (smoking cessation, mood disorders) and technology-based interventions (telehealth, remote clinical trials). The staff scientist will assist with ongoing clinical trials related to smoking cessation and depression treatment. Additional ongoing projects center around development of innovative methods to improve the feasibility and rigor of remote trials. These projects are funded via multiple NIH grants including R01s and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) awards. Opportunities exist to develop new research projects within ongoing studies and for secondary analyses of existing datasets. Interest in academic entrepreneurship is welcomed, though not required. The candidate will have opportunities to collaborate on and lead scientific articles, collaborate on and lead new NIH grant applications, and receive mentoring in developing new areas of grant-funded research relevant to behavioral health and telehealth. Applications from candidates that can extend our research in new and exciting directions (e.g., oncology, comorbid mental health and substance use disorders, novel technologies, informatics) would be particularly welcomed, and possibilities exist for pilot projects to advance future funding potential. The successful candidate will be self-motivated, goal-oriented, and working toward research independence. A PhD, MD, or equivalent with two years post-doctorate experience is required.


Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC - Univ)

Worker Type


Worker Sub-Type​

Research Grant

Cost Center

CC001039 COM PSYCH Addiction Science CC

Pay Rate Type


Pay Grade


Pay Range

$0 - $250,000 - $500,000

Scheduled Weekly Hours


Work Shift

Day (United States of America)

Job Description

FLSA: Salaried

Work Schedule: M-F, 8:30AM - 5:00 PM

Payscale Salary Range: UNIV-Band 6: $43,030.00 - $61,323.00 - $79,616.00 (min - mid - max)

Job Duties:

  • (20%) - The staff scientist will manage various projects of moderate size with collaborative input from the PI. This will include NIH-funded clinical trials of novel telehealth and digital health interventions to improve behavioral health. Project management will include overseeing recruitment milestones, preparing study reports, contributing to statistical analyses, and other related duties.
  • (20%) - The staff scientist will contribute intellectually to project development and design for new grant ideas. This will include compiling literature reviews, developing statistical analysis plans, writing grant sections with PI oversight, and other related duties.
  • (15%) - Creates and implements effective approaches for accomplishing PI’s research objectives
  • (15%) - Develops, submits, and collaborates on competitive applications for intra and extramural grant funding
  • (15%) - Publishes scholarly works
  • (10%) - Identifies and troubleshoots problems that impact research conduct with the PI
  • (5%) - Gives presentations at society meetings

MUSC Minimum Training and Experience: A Ph.D., M.D. or equivalent with two years postdoctorate experience.

Preferred Training and Experience: Record of research productivity and excellence in scientific writing, statistical proficiency

MUSC Physical Requirements:

(Note: The following descriptions are applicable to this section: Continuous - 6-8 hours per shift; Frequent - 2-6 hours per shift; Infrequent - 0-2 hours per shift)

Ability to perform job functions in an upright position. (Continuous)
Ability to perform job functions in a seated position. (Continuous)
Ability to perform job functions while walking/mobile. (Frequent)
Ability to climb stairs. (Infrequent)
Ability to work indoors. (Continuous)
Ability to work in all cold temperature extremes, i.e. spot coolers. (Frequent)
Ability to bend at the waist. (Frequent)
Ability to twist at the waist. (Frequent)
Ability to perform 'pinching' operations. (Continuous)
Ability to fully use both hands/arms. (Continuous)
Ability to perform repetitive motions with hands/wrists/elbows and shoulders. (Continuous)
Ability to fully use both legs. (Continuous)
Ability to reach in all directions. (Continuous)
Possess good finger dexterity. (Continuous)
Ability to maintain tactile sensory functions. (Continuous)
Ability to maintain good olfactory sensory function. (Continuous)
Ability to lift and carry 30 lbs., unassisted. (Frequent)
Ability to lift objects, up to 30 lbs., from floor level to height of 72 inches, unassisted. (Frequent)
Ability to lower objects, up to 30 lbs., from height of 72 inches to floor level, unassisted. (Frequent)
Ability to push/pull objects, up to 50 lbs., unassisted. (Infrequent)
Ability to lift and carry objects up to 30 lbs. a distance of five (5) floors and to outlying buildings. (Frequent)
Ability to maintain 20/40 vision, corrected. (Continuous)
Ability to see and recognize objects close at hand. (Continuous)
Ability to see and recognize objects at a distance. (Continuous)
Ability to match or discriminate between colors. (Continuous)
Ability to determine distance/relationship between objects; depth perception. (Continuous)
Good peripheral vision capabilities. (Continuous)
Ability to maintain hearing acuity, with correction. (Continuous)
Must be ambidextrous.
Ability to perform gross motor functions with frequent fine motor movements. (Continuous)
Ability to be qualified physically (by medical personnel) for respirator use, initially and annually.
Ability to work alone in isolated areas, such as darkrooms. (Frequent)

Additional New Requirements:
Ability to obtain and maintain a valid drivers license.
Computer literacy.
Ability to work rotating shifts as required.
Ability to work overtime as required.
Ability to learn and use new processes, tools and equipment as required.

Additional Job Description

A Ph.D., M.D. or equivalent with two years postdoctorate experience.

If you like working with energetic enthusiastic individuals, you will enjoy your career with us!

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