Temporary Psychedelic Medicine Researcher - Research Scientist 3

Employer: University of Minnesota
Date Posted: Jul 10, 2023
Employment: Part Time
$33.50 / hour
Focus / Industry: Research
Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA
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Working Title: Temporary Psychedelic Medicine Researcher


Job Class: Research Scientist 3


Agency: Health Department


  • Who May Apply: Open to all qualified job seekers.
  • Date Posted: 07/07/2023
  • Closing Date: 07/27/2023
  • Hiring Agency/Seniority Unit: Minnesota Department of Health
  • Division/Unit: Health Promotion & Chronic Disease / Drug Overdose Prevention Unit
  • Work Shift/Work Hours: Day Shift/ 8:00am-4:30pm
  • Days of Work: Monday - Friday
  • Travel Required: No
  • Salary Range: $33.30 - $49.53 / hourly; $69,530 - $103,418 / annually
  • Classified Status: Unclassified
  • Bargaining Unit/Union: 214 - Professional Employees (MAPE)
  • End Date: 06/30/2025
  • FLSA Status: Exempt - Professional
  • Telework Eligible: Yes
  • Designated in Connect 700 Program for Applicants with Disabilities: No


Make a difference in the lives of Minnesotans.


The work you’ll do is more than just a job. Join the talented, engaged and inclusive workforce dedicated to creating a better Minnesota.


Help play an important role in the health of Minnesotans by researching and evaluating psychedelic medicine for the treatment of mental health and medical conditions. The Drug Overdose Prevention Unit of the Health Promotion and Chronic Disease (HPCD) Division at the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) is seeking a temporary Research Scientist 3 to provide support for the new Psychedelic Medicine Taskforce.


The position will be researching MDMA (3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine), psilocybin, and LSD; providing analysis and reports integral to developing a comprehensive plan to cover necessary recommendations such as statutory changes and regulations for legalization of psychedelic medicine.


Responsibilities include but are not limited to:


  • Compile, Interpret, analyze and report on the scientific literature and other sources of information on the therapeutic efficacy of MDMA (3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine), psilocybin, and LSD.
  • Interpret, analyze and report on the information gathered to compare the efficacy of these three drugs in treating conditions with the efficacy of treatments currently being used.
  • Policy development.


This position is temporary with an anticipated end date of 06/30/2025. Work may be conducted in-person in St. Paul, or as telework for residents of MN, IA, WI, ND, SD, based on the business needs of the unit and supervisor discretion. Position location will be determined by the top candidate and will be based out of a Minnesota Department of Health district office.


Minimum Qualifications


Four years professional experience in health related research design and methodology. Resumes must clearly indicate research design and methodology experience which must include one or more of the following:


  • Analysis and interpretation of research and scientific literature
  • Interpretation of program outcome and evaluation data
  • Data collection and analysis, data quality assurance and cleaning.


A degree in public health, epidemiology, biology, pharmacy, nursing, psychology, social work, biostatistics, or related field may count towards professional experience as follows:


  • Master’s = 18 months
  • Doctoral = 24 months


Ability and skills to be assessed during interview process:


  • Ability to identify and evaluate relevant information and make recommendations.
  • Human relations and communication skills sufficient to achieve effective working relationships with internal and external stakeholders.
  • Ability to present results clearly and effectively in writing and effectively organize and synthesize material from diverse sources into comprehensive reports for a variety of audiences.


Preferred Qualifications


  • Advanced degree in public health, epidemiology, biology, pharmacy, nursing, psychology, social work, biostatistics.
  • Experience with research methodology, and psychedelic medicine.
  • Experience using appropriate methodology to answer complex research questions.
  • Ability to review, analyze and interpret. scientific studies and other sources of information regarding psychedelic medicine effectiveness, efficacy and adverse effect.
  • Knowledge of MDH authority and responsibilities for collecting, protecting, analyzing, and disseminating data.
  • Ability to identify and evaluate scientific literature, synthesize relevant information, and make recommendations
  • Knowledge of the concepts of institutional and structural racism and bias and their impact on underserved and underrepresented communities.


Additional Requirements


  • Must successfully pass a background check.
  • The agency regrets that it is unable to offer H-1B sponsorship. The successful candidate under U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services regulations must be able to accept work in the U.S. by the day employment begins.


How To Apply


Within your application material, please clearly address how you meet all minimum qualifications and any preferred qualifications for this position and indicate the beginning and ending month and year for each job held. Incomplete applications may not be accepted.


Select “Apply for Job” at the top of this page. If you have questions about applying for jobs, contact the job information line at 651-259-3637 or email careers@state.mn.us. For additional information about the application process, go to http://www.mn.gov/careers.


If you have questions about the position, contact Genna Anderson at genna.anderson@state.mn.us.


To receive consideration as a Connect 700 Program applicant, apply online, email the Job ID#, the Working Title and your valid Proof of Eligibility Certificate by the closing date to Genna Anderson at genna.anderson@state.mn.us.


About Health Department


Come work for one of the best public health systems in the nation and you will contribute to our mission to protect, maintain and improve the health of all Minnesotans. We are working hard to achieve our vision for health equity in Minnesota, where all communities are thriving and all people have what they need to be healthy.


Why Work for Us


Diverse Workforce


We are committed to continually developing a workforce that reflects the diversity of our state and the populations we serve. The varied experiences and perspectives of employees strengthen the work we do together and our ability to best serve the people of Minnesota.


A recent engagement survey of State of Minnesota employees found:


  • 95% of employees understand how their work helps achieve their agency’s mission
  • 91% of employees feel trusted to do their jobs
  • 88% of employees feel equipped to look at situations from other cultural perspectives when doing their job
  • 87% of employees report flexibility in their work schedule


Comprehensive Benefits


Our benefits aim to balance four key elements that make life and work meaningful: health and wellness, financial well-being, professional development, and work/life harmony. As an employee, your benefits may include:


  • Public pension plan
  • Training and professional development
  • Paid vacation and sick leave
  • 11 paid holidays each year
  • Paid parental leave
  • Low-cost medical and dental coverage
  • Prescription drug coverage
  • Vision coverage
  • Wellness programs and resources
  • Employer paid life insurance
  • Short-term and long-term disability
  • Health care spending and savings accounts
  • Dependent care spending account
  • Tax-deferred compensation
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Federal Public Service Student Loan Forgiveness Program


Programs, resources and benefits eligibility varies based on type of employment, agency, funding availability, union/collective bargaining agreement, location, and length of service with the State of Minnesota.




Minnesota state agencies are equal opportunity, affirmative action, and veteran-friendly employers. The State of Minnesota recognizes that a diverse workforce is essential and strongly encourages qualified women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans to apply.


We will make reasonable accommodations to all qualified applicants with disabilities. If you are an individual with a disability who needs assistance or cannot access the online job application system, please contact the job information line at 651-259-3637 or email careers@state.mn.us and indicate what assistance is needed.

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Last updated: Nov 21, 2023