Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Fall Research Internship Opportunities with UMD's Center for Substance Abuse Research



Position:               Undergraduate/Graduate Internship Opportunity –Fall 2020
Title:                    Research Assistant
Duties:                  The intern’s primary responsibilities will be to assist with a variety of substance use focused research projects.

Research Projects
  • Opioid Use Disorders Project: Funded through the MPowering the State initiative, this collaborative project between the University of Maryland, College Park and the University of Maryland, Baltimore seeks to combine UMCP and UMB’s expertise in preclinical, clinical and policy areas to address the opioid epidemic in the state of Maryland and the nation, with the goal to better understand opioid use disorder, develop treatment strategies, and create recommendations for treatment research and education. CESAR is currently working on several projects as part of this initiative:
    • Novel therapies to reduce opioid use: This project aims to capitalize on new findings from the field of placebo research to develop strategies to reduce opioid use in methadone patients. As part of this clinical trial to test the efficacy of pairing placebo dosing with the administration of methadone, CESAR will be spearheading the effort to conduct substance use surveys and toxicological analysis of urine specimens from study participants. Students may be involved in data analysis and report preparation as part of this study.
    • Epidemiologic studies of opioid related emergency department (ED) admissions: This study will analyze the medical records of patients in emergency departments to better understand patterns of opioid use by analyzing electronic patient records for drug related admissions maintained by seven Maryland hospitals. Students may be involved in data analysis and report preparation as part of this study.

Qualifications: GPA Requirement: 3.0 minimum. No prior research experience is required. This candidate must have strong attention to detail. Preferred skills (not required): interest in epidemiology/public health research/substance use, knowledge of Microsoft Excel and/or SPSS.

Hours: 10 hours/week minimum. Ability to commit a greater number of hours is a plus!

Compensation:    Internship open to undergraduate and graduate students. May be used to earn BSOS, HLTH, or CRIM internship credit (3-6 credits). Both part-time and full-time interns will be considered.

To Apply:             Please submit by email a cover letter, resume, unofficial transcript, and writing sample (i.e. class paper) to: Amy Billing, Center for Substance Abuse Research (CESAR), University of Maryland, College Park, billing@umd.edu

Please indicate the approximate number of hours per week you are interested in working. If you are applying as part of a structured internship program on campus, please indicate this as well.

Application Deadline: Open until filled.   (For best consideration apply by April 30.)