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Postdoctoral Associate for National Drug Early Warning System

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The Department of Epidemiology is recruiting for a postdoctoral associate, available immediately. The new National Drug Early Warning System (NDEWS) at UF​, led by Dr. Linda Cottler in the Department of Epidemiology, is seeking a postdoctoral associate.  Postdoc Associate will assist on various aspects of the NDEWS project, including oversight of the Rapid Street Reporting efforts, the virtual HealthStreet effort, and the COVID-19 supplement to be conducted in 18 sites across the US in year one. This will include coordinating with local contacts at the selected sites, determining locations for recruitment, providing training to local and remote interviewers, and performing quality control on data obtained. Postdoc will also provide support as needed to the project, and will work on analysis and dissemination of research results.

The National Drug Early Warning System (NDEWS) Coordinating Center provides NIDA and the field with the most timely, salient, and valuable information on emerging substance use trends. Our team is uniquely suited to address the shifting landscape of drug abuse in the US, particularly the proliferation of new psychoactive substances (NPS) such as fentanyl and its analogs, synthetic cathinones, and synthetic cannabinoids. By utilizing 18 sites across the country, our team conducts ongoing data collection to provide an integrated and comprehensive characterization of drug use and availability by synthesizing traditional, indirect sources (DEA, NFLIS, medical examiners, Poison Control, emergency departments) with new, direct sources (drug checking data, Rapid Street Reporting with hair testing for NPS, supplemented with outbreak investigations, a virtual community-based HealthStreet drug user network, and web monitoring via machine learning algorithms deployed to online drug markets and social media).



  • Minimum Requirements: PhD in epidemiology, biostatistics, bioinformatics or a related field
  • Preferred Requirements: substantial expertise in computational programming and statistical data analysis, have a strong interest in substance use epidemiology, be highly motivated to conduct scientific research, and be able to work independently in team-oriented projects.


Questions may be directed to Dr. Linda Cottler at

Interested individuals should apply through the University of Florida Careers site: