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If you are interested in the postdoc position (see ad below), I will be at Sunbelt this year and would be happy to chat. Also happy to answer any questions via email. 


The Rural Drug Addiction Research Center (RDAR) at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln seeks to hire a postdoctoral fellow in the area of drug addiction, health, and social networks. The postdoctoral fellow will be an active participant of the RDAR center, a NIDA funded center that aims to understand the causes and impacts of rural drug addiction and its related challenges and harms. RDAR is an interdisciplinary center combining senior investigators and existing resources from the University of Nebraska, as well as early career scientists conducting cutting edge research that addresses rural drug use challenges from multiple angles (i.e., from synapse to society). The postdoctoral fellow will work with Jeffrey A. Smith, as well as other affiliates of the RDAR center, on a funded project studying the risk factors associated with rural drug use.
The study will look at the social network dynamics and behavioral contexts that contribute to overdose risk and increased risk of addiction. The study will also consider the consequences of drug use and social networks for health risks, for example risk of HCV infection.
The postdoctoral fellow will be involved in: a) developing a conceptual model linking network features (both drug use and social connections) to addiction, overdose risk and health problems; b) analyzing the network and behavioral contexts that predict increased risk for overdose and addiction; and c) developing an epidemiological simulation that can be used to evaluate the potential for epidemics to arise in a rural drug-using population.
The ideal candidate should have an interest in social networks, drug use, and the health risks associated with drug use, and should be comfortable with advanced statistical models, as well as working with complex datasets. Experience with network data is a plus, as is any experience with epidemiological simulations or statistical network models. The candidate will have a Ph.D. in sociology, behavioral health, public health, epidemiology or a related area. Promising candidates at the ABD stage will also be considered.
The start date for the position is negotiable but should be no later than February of 2020. The position is for two years with the potential for a third year of funding. Interested candidates must apply online at , requisition F_190068. Click “Apply to this job” and complete the information sheet.  Attach a cover letter describing research interests, background and expertise; a curriculum vitae; and contact information for at least two references.  Review of applications will begin July 8, 2019 and will continue until the position is filled.  For questions about the position, contact Jeffrey A. Smith at [log in to unmask]
As an EO/AA employer, qualified applicants are considered for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, national origin, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, marital status, and/or political affiliation. See

Jeffrey A. Smith, PhD
Assistant Professor
Department of Sociology, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
706 Oldfather Hall
Lincoln, NE  68588-0324

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