Open! Faculty Opportunity

The UConn School of Medicine invites applications for a tenure-track Associate or Full Professor to join our research group in the Behavioral Health Division. This position is open to individuals with a Ph.D., M.D. or equivalent degree and who have a strong record of accomplishment in the area of addictions or health behavior change as evidenced by scholarly work and external funding. The successful candidate will complement our research group’s interests and expertise. Preferred areas of interest include dissemination and implementation science, opioid-related research, and neurological or biological targets related to addiction treatments (broadly defined). Other areas of interest related to addictions and behavioral health are also strongly encouraged to apply. Our team includes three NIH-funded faculty and various postdoctoral fellows and research assistants.

Competitive applicants will have a strong history of success in securing extramural research funding. This is a tenure-track or tenured position with rank to be determined based on qualifications and experience. In addition to conducting research, the faculty member will be expected to contribute to our educational mission through teaching and training of psychiatry residents, medical students, graduate students, or postdoctoral fellows.

This is an exciting time to be at the UConn School of Medicine. The State of Connecticut has provided substantial support to the university through BioScience CT, an initiative that has rapidly expanded research infrastructure through lab construction and renovation and expansion of research faculty. Research and scholarship is a very high priority of the university. UConn School of Medicine also hosts a long-standing Alcohol Research Center (ARC) within the Department of Psychiatry. The ARC, now in its 38th year of NIH support, hosts a large number of colleagues with diverse interests for collaboration. We also have a NIAAA-funded T32 Institutional Research Training Grant that can support up to 3 postdoctoral positions for new or recent Ph.D.’s interested in alcohol research.

The UConn School of Medicine offers a highly competitive benefits package. A tuition waiver for dependent children is available for University of Connecticut undergraduate degree programs. For more information about faculty benefits, please see: UConn Health employee benefits. Interested candidates should apply and upload their CVs through (search for job #2020-428). Questions can be addressed to any of our following faculty:

Sheila Alessi:
Carla Rash:
Kristyn Zajac:

Student Opportunities

Our group is committed to training the next generation of scholars in the field of behavioral treatments for addictions and other serious health problems. We routinely mentor and train post-doctoral fellows, medical students, and undergraduate students who display a high level of commitment to learning about this important topic. If you are student interested in working with Drs. Alessi, Rash, or Zajac, please reach out to them by email.

Postdoctoral Opportunities

Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Substance Use Recovery Support Services

NIAAA-funded NRSA T32 Fellowship

We have training slots opening up soon. If interested, now is a great time to inquire.

Multiple PIs: Bauer/Alessi, NIAAA T32-AA007290 (Start date: 08/20/18)

  • The objective of this Alcohol Research Center Training grant is to provide specialized training for post-doctoral fellows in alcohol research.
  • The Program is designed to provide 2-3 trainees per year with a common knowledge base in alcohol theory, research design, data analysis strategies (e.g., SEM and HLM), ethical issues in preclinical and clinical research, and grantsmanship skills.
  • More intensive individual training, concordant with the specialized interests of each trainee, is provided in such areas as neurobiology, neuroimaging, genetic and family studies, treatment, comorbid disorders, longitudinal outcome studies of at-risk populations, and daily process studies.