The Opportunity

Halifax, NS
Full-time - Permanent
$39,000 - $44,000 / year

Position Summary: The MAAC research laboratory in the Departments of Psychology and Neuroscience and Psychiatry at Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia studies mood, anxiety and addiction co-morbidity. For more information about the MAAC lab and Dalhousie University please visit our laboratory website: and

Dr. Sherry Stewart is a Professor in the Departments of Psychiatry and Psychology and Neuroscience and Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Addictions and Mental Health. Dr. Stewart is seeking a full time Research Associate to oversee and coordinate two studies: CIHR funded clinical randomized controlled trial comparing the efficacy of a transdiagnostic cognitive behaviour therapy for anxiety sensitivity to a disorder-specific treatment control on primary and comorbid disorders; an ancillary study to a national, open-label, pragmatic, randomized trial (the OPTIMA trial), comparing two models of opiate agonist treatment


  • Develop research skills by participating in research directed by Dr. Stewart.
  • Participate in the clinical assessment and treatment portion of the first project.
  • Discuss your knowledge and research with interested faculty and graduate students.
  • Assist with the research and clinical supervision of undergraduate and graduate students.
  • Solidify grant writing skills by writing grants to support your research in Dr. Stewart's lab.
  • Publish results in appropriate journals and other recognized media.


  • PhD degree in clinical psychology.
  • Minimum of 3 years' experience in research project management.
  • Eligible for registration with the Nova Scotia Board of Examiners in Psychology (NSBEP).
  • Ability to deliver evidence-based cognitive-behavioral interventions to adult clients with anxiety-related disorders (i.e. generalized anxiety, major depressive disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder).
  • Prior clinical trials experience.
  • Demonstrated record of independent scientific productivity; history of peer reviewed publications.

Preference will be given to candidates who demonstrate strong statistical skills (e.g., growth curve analysis, structural equation modelling, cluster analysis, meta-analysis, and mixed model analysis). The successful candidate will also demonstrate a strong ability for self-directed learning and production of independent scholarly work. They will have the ability to work effectively in a fast-paced research environment with minimal supervision ability to effectively lead and direct other students and research assistants and to collaborate effectively with a multidisciplinary team. They will demonstrate attention to detail, strong communication, interpersonal, and leadership skills, and will be responsive to deadlines and performance feedback.

Status: 40 hours/week

Pay Scale: $39,00.00 - 44,000.00/annum plus benefits.

Duration: Relevant Deadlines: December 1st, 2018- December 31st, 2019.

Deadline for application: Monday, September 10th, 2018

Interested parties should forward a cover letter and current CV to:

Jennifer Swansburg

Manager, MAAC Lab


Only applications submitted directly to the e-mail address above will be considered. We thank all applicants, however, only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

Dalhousie University is committed to fostering a collegial culture grounded in diversity and inclusiveness. The university encourages applications from Aboriginal people, persons with a disability, racially visible persons, women, persons of minority sexual orientations and gender identities, and all candidates who would contribute to the diversity of our community. For more information, please visit

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Dalhousie University

Dalhousie University is Atlantic Canada's leading research-intensive university and a driver of the region's intellectual, social and economic development. Located in the heart of Halifax, Nova Scotia, with an Agricultural Campus in Truro/Bible Hill, Dalhousie is a truly national and international university, with more than half of our 19,000 students coming from outside of the province. Our 6,000 faculty and staff foster a vibrant, purpose-driven community, that celebrated 200 years of academic excellence in 2018.