Post Doctoral Scholar

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Orlando, Florida
Apr 03, 2024
Jun 02, 2024

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The Opportunity

The School of Social Work in the College of Health Professions and Sciences (CHPS) at the University of Central Florida (UCF) invites applications for a Postdoctoral Research Fellow position. The expected start date is June 2023. The School of Social Work is recognized regionally and nationally for the superior quality of its educational offerings and its contributions to clinical social work, health care, scholarship, and service to our community. The school has 34 full-time faculty, 14 staff, adjunct faculty, and over 900 students. We offer a bachelor's degree in Social Work, a master's degree in Social Work, and a Social Work track in the interdisciplinary Public Affairs Ph.D. program. There are face-to-face and online tracks in the MSW program. The school is home to the Center for Behavioral Health Research and Training (CBHRT), which leads collaborative research and training partnerships with mental health professionals, health care providers, and behavioral health researchers across Central Florida and beyond. For more information about the School of Social Work, visit our website at:

Candidates with research agendas focused on suicide prevention or end of life care are encouraged to apply. The postdoctoral fellow will be prepared to develop competitive grant proposals to advance behavioral health science. Additionally, the fellow will be trained and mentored to design, implement, and evaluate clinical standards, practices, and interventions aimed to improve the health of vulnerable, marginalized, and at-risk populations.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Applicants must have been awarded a Ph.D. in social work, public health, psychology, or related field by the time they begin the appointment, from an accredited institution.
  • Applicants must be legally authorized to work in the U.S. at the time the appointment begins

Preferred Qualifications

  • Has a high research interest in behavioral health topics across the lifespan, with a particular focus on mental health, suicide prevention, aging, or end-of-life care
  • Has strong methodological and statistical skills
  • Has previous experience in grant writing and working in a team setting

Additional Application Materials Required

UCF requires all applications and supporting documents be submitted electronically through the Human Resources employment opportunities website, In addition to the online application, interested candidates should upload

  • A cover letter (no more than 2 pages) describing research interests, potential approach to investigating behavioral health topics across the lifespan, prospective sources of grant funding, and immediate postdoctoral and long-term career goals
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Reprints of two peer-reviewed publications (within last 3 years)
  • Reference list (names and contact information, not reference letters).

NOTE: Please have all documents ready when applying so they can be attached at that time. Once the online submission process is finalized, the system does not allow applicants to submit additional documents later.

The selected candidate will be required to submit official transcripts (and, as applicable, U.S. degree equivalency evaluations) documenting the conferral of their qualifying academic credentials.

Questions regarding this search may be directed to: Kim Gryglewicz, search committee chair, at or 407-823-2954.

Are Benefits Important to You?

Working at UCF has its perks! In addition to helping drive change and having a positive impact by supporting our students, staff, and faculty, UCF offers:

  • Benefit packages including medical, dental, vision, life insurance, healthcare flexible spending accounts, and an Employee Assistance Program.
  • Paid time off, including annual and sick leave and paid holidays.
  • Retirement savings options.
  • Employee discounts, including tickets to many Orlando area attractions.
  • Education assistance.
  • Flexible work environment.

And more…For more benefits information, go to ‘Prospective Employees' on the UCF Human Resources website (

Who Are We?

Founded in 1963 to fuel the region's talent pipeline and support the growing U.S. space program, UCF is built to make a better future for our students and society. It's one of the reasons U.S. News & World Report ranks UCF among the nation's top 20 most innovative colleges, while Forbes, Kiplinger, and The Princeton Review rank us a best-value university. UCF is one of 14 universities nationwide designated as both a Hispanic-Serving Institution and a Research 1 university. With 13 colleges, including a fully accredited College of Medicine, UCF offers more than 220-degree programs between its main campus, downtown campus, hospitality campus, academic health sciences campus, and 11 UCF Connect centers located throughout the region. In addition, UCF extends its reach to communities in and beyond Central Florida by offering complete, online programs leading to bachelor's degrees, master's degrees, Ph.D.'s., certificates, and more.

The University of Central Florida is proud to be a smoke-free campus and an E-Verify employer. Unless explicitly stated on the job posting, it is UCF's expectation that an employee of UCF will reside in Florida as of the date the employment begins.

Additional Requirements related to Research Positions

Pursuant to Florida State Statute 1010.35, prior to offering employment to certain individuals in research-related positions, UCF is required to conduct additional screening. Applicants subject to additional screening include any citizen of a foreign country who is not a permanent resident of the U.S., or who is a citizen or permanent resident but is affiliated with or has had at least 1 year of higher education, employment, or training in China, Cuba, Iran, Russia, North Korea, Syria, or Venezuela.

The additional screening requirements only apply to employment in research-related positions, including, but not limited to faculty positions (including employed visiting positions), graduate positions, individuals compensated by research grants or contract funds, postdoctoral scholar positions, and undergraduate positions.


College of Health Professions and Sciences (CHPS) - School of Social Work

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Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:

As an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, UCF encourages all qualified applicants to apply, including women, veterans, individuals with disabilities, and members of traditionally underrepresented populations. UCF's Equal Opportunity Statement can be viewed at

As a Florida public university, UCF makes all application materials and selection procedures available to the public upon request.

The University of Central Florida is proud to be a smoke-free campus and an E-Verify employer.

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