Career Opportunities


The University of Vermont’s Center on Behavior and Health announces two NIH postdoctoral research fellowship opportunities in our internationally recognized center of excellence for the study of substance abuse.

Working with Dr. Stephen Higgins, the fellow will participate in the conduct of an ongoing NIDA/FDA-funded trial on the use of tobacco in vulnerable populations, including pregnant women, as well as develop new research opportunities in related areas.

Working with Dr. Stacey Sigmon, the fellow will help to lead ongoing randomized clinical trials evaluating low-barrier, technology-assisted buprenorphine treatment for individuals with opioid use disorder (OUD), as well as develop new research opportunities aimed at expanding OUD treatment access in rural, under-served areas.   

Drs. Higgins and Sigmon, VCBH colleagues and our 30-year training program have an exceptional track record of helping fellows to establish successful careers as independent investigators.

Appointment:  2-3 yrs.

Eligibility: Applicants must have completed their training in psychology or a related discipline and be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Trainees are selected on the basis of scholastic record and commitment to a career in drug abuse research. Individuals must be highly motivated, possess initiative and a desire to learn and expand their interests and expertise.

Benefits: Stipend, medical insurance coverage, and travel funds supported by NIH Institutional Training Awards.

To apply: Send cover letter (download form here), curriculum vitae, statement of research interests, and 3 letters of reference to: Dr. Stephen Higgins or Stacey Sigmon c/o Ms. Marissa Palmer (

About us: The Vermont Center on Behavior and Health (VCBH) was established in 2013, sponsored in part by a Centers of Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE) Award from the National Institute on General Medical Sciences and a Centers of Tobacco Regulatory Science (TCORS) Award from the National Institute on Drug Abuse.

The VCBH resides within the College of Medicine at the University of Vermont, with the director and administrative offices being located within the Department of Psychiatry, and participating investigators, collaborators, and advisors across 15 academic departments in the College of Medicine and 7 colleges within the University of Vermont and5 other universities. The VCBH is further strengthened by interdisciplinary collaborations with key community healthcare leaders and distinguished scientific advisory panels. 

The focus of the VCBH is on investigating relationships between personal behaviors and risk for chronic disease and premature death, with a specific focus on understanding mechanisms underpinning risk, and developing effective interventions and policies to promote healthy behavior.


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