Postdoctoral Researcher – Applications of Modern Technology on Youth Mental Health

Dalhousie University

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Position Title Postdoctoral Researcher – Applications of Modern Technology on Youth Mental Health
Posting Number PTAP2208P
Department/Unit Psychiatry
Location Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Job Summary & Key Responsibilities About The PROSIT Lab:
The PROSIT Lab is dedicated to leveraging modern technology to improve mental health care in youth. As part of their research, the team has developed an app that passively gathers information on patients’ behaviours using their smartphones. Thereby aiming to identify youth at risk early on and provide them with the support they need.
Job Summary:
The postdoctoral fellow will work on projects within the Lab ( ) that involve the development, implementation, and evaluation of health services and innovations to improve the mental health and well-being of youth. Under the supervision of the Canada Research Chair (Dr. Sandra Meier), the postdoctoral fellow will contribute to the planning or implementation of research projects, writing scientific articles, contributing to grants, participating in research dissemination activities, and supervising students and junior staff. Examples of projects include: 1) SMILE, a tailored mental health app for youth with anxiety disorders; 2) AID, a mental health app for children with intellectual disabilities. Both apps leverage mobile sensing to tailor the intervention features to youth needs.
Key Responsibilities:
· Participate and lead research
· Manage and monitor studies prospectively
· Statistical and (machine learning) analysis
· Manuscript drafting and submission
· Develop and prepare research grant proposals
· Assist in the supervision & training of technologists, graduate students, other lab members and scientific collaborators
· Develop an independent line of research within the lab
Qualifications/Requirements of Position Qualifications:
The incumbent should have preferably completed a PhD in mental health (e.g., Psychology, epidemiology, or related field). Experience in eHealth is an asset. They should have experience in working individually and as a team on research tasks such as data collection, organization, and analysis. They should be willing and able to learn new software with training. They will have a sound knowledge of MS Office; particularly knowledge of database, spreadsheet, and word processing software, strong analytic skills of statistical analysis software (e.g., R Studio), good written, oral, and excellent interpersonal communication skills, and demonstrated ability to use sound professional judgement, to work effectively with minimal supervision and to maintain good interpersonal relationships. Experience in publishing peer-reviewed Manuscripts is desired.
· Experience using electronic data capture databases and programming languages (ex. REDCap, mongodb, SQL, R Studio) is an asset.
Application Consideration:
We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.
Diversity Statement:
Dalhousie University is committed to fostering a collegial culture grounded in diversity and inclusiveness. The university encourages applications from Indigenous persons, persons with a disability, racially visible persons, women, persons of a minority sexual orientation and/or gender identity, and all candidates who would contribute to the diversity of our community. For more information, please visit
Working Conditions:
The successful applicant will be eligible for hybrid work (a combination of in-person work on campus and remote work) as agreed by all parties based on operational requirements and university guidelines.
Dalhousie’s vaccine mandate has been suspended at this time, and employees no longer need to provide proof of full vaccination. However, health and safety risks to our community will continue to be monitored and a vaccine mandate may be reinstated if necessary.
Salary Range/Pay Rate $45,000-$60,000
Additional Information Dalhousie University commits to achieving inclusive excellence through continually championing equity, diversity, inclusion, and accessibility. The university encourages applications from Indigenous persons (especially Mi’kmaq), persons of Black/African descent (especially African Nova Scotians), and members of other racialized groups, persons with disabilities, women, and persons identifying as members of 2SLGBTQIA+ communities, and all candidates who would contribute to the diversity of our community. For more information, please visit .

Posting Detail Information

Term of appointment 1 year (with possibility to renew)
Open Date 10/10/2023
Close Date 10/31/2023
Open Until Filled No
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