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Research Associate-Fixed Term

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Work type: Faculty/Academic Staff
Major Administrative Unit / College: College Of Human Medicine
Department: Family Medicine, Department Of 10022332
Sub Area: FAS- Fac./Acad Staff
Salary: Salary Commensurate with Experience
Location: Grand Rapids
Categories: Research/Scientific, Fixed Term Academic Staff, 1/2 Time (50-64.9%), Non-Union, Remote-Friendly

Position Summary

The HELP PAIN lab (directed by Natoshia R. Cunningham, PhD) at Michigan State University is recruiting one postdoctoral research associate (50% effort) in pediatric pain research starting in 2024.  An anticipated start date is in summer/ fall of 2024, and this is flexible.  A two-year commitment is preferred.  We are looking for a candidate with strong research background in the assessment and/or nonpharmacologic treatment of pediatric pain conditions and mental health comorbidities.  Interest in implementation of nonpharmacologic pain management methods (e.g., in healthcare settings, school settings, or communities with limited access to behavioral healthcare) is preferred.

The primary project is a multi-site implementation trial funded by the Department of Defense to train integrated medical care providers to implement cognitive behavioral strategies to manage mood, fatigue and pain in individuals with childhood-onset lupus. There will also be opportunities to be involved in other pediatric chronic pain research projects, which may include training school providers (including school nurses and mental health professionals) in nonpharmacologic pediatric pain management strategies, addressing adverse childhood events in the context of pediatric chronic painful conditions, addressing mental health in pediatric rheumatology settings, and understanding biomarkers of pediatric chronic pain, depending on the fellows’ interests and career goals.

For the primary project, the research associate will be responsible for helping train professionals including medical providers (e.g., nurses, medical assistants) and mental health specialists (e.g., social workers, psychologists) to serve as mental health champions on their respective medical teams.  Site visits (2-4 annually), where the research associate conducts a full day of training, are an anticipated component of this role.  The research associate would also be expected to participate in other research activities including data analysis, manuscript preparation, and attending/ presenting at scientific conferences.

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Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, age, disability or protected veteran status.

Required Degree


Minimum Requirements

Applicants should have completed a doctoral degree (dissertation defended) by summer of 2024. We encourage applications from a broad range of disciplines, including nursing and psychology.  

Desired Qualifications

A candidate with an interest in developing/ conducting a complementary and independent program of research is strongly encouraged. A candidate with a history of applying for and securing grant funding and/or writing scholarly papers is preferred.  

Required Application Materials

CV, one-page statement of interest, and three professional references.

Special Instructions

Applicants can reach out to Dr. Natoshia Cunningham (

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Remote Work Statement

MSU strives to provide a flexible work environment and this position has been designated as remote-friendly. Remote-friendly means some or all of the duties can be performed remotely as mutually agreed upon.


MSU Statement

Michigan State University has been advancing the common good with uncommon will for more than 160 years. One of the top research universities in the world, MSU pushes the boundaries of discovery and forges enduring partnerships to solve the most pressing global challenges while providing life-changing opportunities to a diverse and inclusive academic community through more than 200 programs of study in 17 degree-granting colleges.

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