Postdoctoral Fellowships, PhD studentships, and Research Assistantships available in Global Mental Health research in China


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The Global and Community Mental Health Research Group at the University of Macau (www.um-gmh.com) is currently recruiting up to 2 postdoctoral fellows, 2 PhD students, and 2 research assistants 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 2019. Applicants would be recruited under a special hiring scheme that provides outstanding compensation to select applicants. Our current 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 scalable (e.g., digital and lay delivered) interventions to reduce mental health problems and poor health among populations who do not have access to needed services. Our research agenda is primarily focused on Asian communities (Chinese, Filipino, and Indonesian), but also involves refugees from Sub-Saharan Africa.

Successful applicants should be able to assist in the management and execution of global mental health clinical trials. Planned work will involve rigorous mixed methods designs including cultural adaptations, randomized controlled trials, and process evaluations of scalable mental health interventions for adults and adolescents experiencing adversity (migrants, survivors of gender-based violence, disaster exposed youth, the urban poor). Our
work is carried out in partnership with the World Health Organization program for scalable psychological interventions. In addition to the conduct of trials, 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.

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 all positions: 1. Advanced training and skills in qualitative and quantitative methods, including the use of statistical and qualitative software; 2. Willingness to relocate to Macao (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. Competence in written and spoken Chinese (Cantonese and Mandarin), and/or (Filipino, Indonesian) would be a distinct advantage.

For PhD student/Research assistant 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 Macao (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. Highly subsidized housing is available on campus.
To apply or for inquiries, please send emails directly to Prof. Brian J. Hall (brianhall@um.edu.mo). Applicants should include: Cover letter, curriculum vitae, representative publication reprints/preprints, and 2 letters of reference; Subject line should specify Postdoctoral, PhD student, or Research Assistant position. Application deadline is February 15, 2019.