Career Opportunities

Postdoctoral Position

Postdoctoral Position in Anxiety and OCD Research at New York State Psychiatric Institute/Columbia University Medical Center The Center for OCD and Related Disorders at the New York State Psychiatric Institute/Columbia University, directed by Blair Simpson, MD, Ph.D., seeks to hire a postdoctoral fellow for a 2-year position. Candidates should have a Ph.D. or PsyD in clinical psychology or an MD or MD-PhD degree. This position will involve joining Dr. Simpson’s clinical research program, which is focused on translating science into new understanding and treatments for anxiety and OCD. Depending on the applicant’s experience and career trajectory, the position could include more clinical work, more research, or a mixture of both. There is a range of research studies that candidates could join (see http://columbiapsychiatry.org/ocd) and others that are expected to start soon. Estimated start date: July 1, 2020. 

Interested applicants should submit a copy of their CV and a cover letter detailing their experience with anxiety and OCD and describing their research and career goals to Dr. Blair Simpson, blair.simpson@nyspi.columbia.edu. Formal applications will be accepted on-line starting 12/1 (http://rfmh.iapplicants.com/SearchJobs-city.html) and the direct link will be posted on our website at www.columbia-ocd.org.

**For those who already know that they want to pursue a full-time research career in an academic setting, please consider Columbia University Medical Center’s T32 fellowship in affective, anxiety, eating and related disorders, with Dr. Blair Simpson as your mentor. Please see the fellowship website (http://columbiapsychiatry.org/research/aaer_disorders) for eligibility and deadlines. If you want to apply for the T32 fellowship, please note this in your cover letter and write to Dr. Simpson before November 1, 2019.

Research Project Manager Position 

The Center for OCD and Related Disorders at the New York State Psychiatric Institute, directed by Blair Simpson, MD, PhD, seeks to hire a Project Manager. Candidates should have an advanced degree (e.g. Ph.D., Psy.D., M.D.). The position will entail managing NIIMH-funded trials, providing clinical and research supervision and training to research assistants and post-doctoral fellows, conducting diagnostic and clinical assessments and research treatments, managing day to day operational activities, and assisting with grant submissions, paper-writing, and presentations. Opportunities for part-time clinical practice are available. Estimated start date: July 1, 2020. Salary is commensurate with experience.

Interested applicants should submit a copy of their CV and a cover letter detailing their experience with anxiety and OCD and describing their research and career goals to Dr. Blair Simpson, blair.simpson@nyspi.columbia.edu. Formal applications will be accepted on-line starting 12/1 (http://rfmh.iapplicants.com/SearchJobs-city.html) and the direct link will be posted on our website at www.columbia-ocd.org.

Research Assistant Position

The Center for OCD and Related Disorders, directed by Dr. Blair Simpson, is seeking a full-time Research Assistant. The Center for OCD and Related Disorders is part of the Anxiety Disorders Clinic at the New York State Psychiatric Institute at Columbia University Medical Center. The mission of our center is to improve the lives of individuals with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and related problems, by advancing our understanding of and the treatment for these disorders. Please see below for a full job description. Applicants can email a cover letter and CV to Rachel Middleton at Rachel.Middleton@nyspi.columbia.edu. Formal applications will be accepted online in January.

Duties: Candidate will be responsible for coordinating and monitoring clinical trials and biological research protocols in the areas of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder and related disorders. The position will involve working on teams with both clinicians and scientists and will expose one to a wide range of research, while also providing in-depth experience with clinical populations. Duties may include patient recruitment and scheduling, patient screening, data collection and management, neurocognitive testing, brain imaging procedures, IRB procedures, grant applications, and/or manuscript preparation. Because of the training involved, a two-year commitment is requested.

Education: Preferred BA or BS in Biology or Psychology or another related field.

Training & Experience: The ideal candidate will have research experience, be curious about the brain mechanisms underlying behavior, want to work with this clinical population and have excellent technology skills and a working knowledge of data management software e.g., excel, SPSS, and/or Matlab). Those who like a fast pace, multi-tasking, and working on interdisciplinary teams are encouraged to apply.

Volunteer Research Assistant Positions

Our volunteers, interns, and externs are engaged in a wide variety of exciting research and take on many roles. We are seeking individuals with a history of academic excellence, who can dedicate time to our center. If you fulfill the requirements listed below, please submit your C.V. and cover letter, including the names and contacts of three references to Rachel Middleton at Rachel.Middleton@nyspi.columbia.edu.

Requirements

  • Must be able to provide at least one-year commitment
  • Substantial time commitment of 10-15 hours per week
  • Obtained at least a Bachelors or Masters degree in a related field
  • Strong interest in research, particularly anxiety disorders
  • Passion for psychology, psychiatry, neurology, and/or medicine
  • Stellar academic record

Thanks for your interest in volunteering at the Center for OCD and Related Disorders!