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Assistant, Associate, or Full Professor (VIPBG)

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Posting Details

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Position Information

Position Number F41290
Position Type Teaching and Research Faculty
Rank Open
Working Title Assistant, Associate, or Full Professor (VIPBG)
School/Unit School of Medicine
Department Psychiatry
Number of Months 12
Tenure Status Tenure Eligible
Grant funded position? No

Position Summary and Qualifications

Mission or Goal of Unit

The Virginia Institute for Psychiatric and Behavioral Genetics (VIPBG) mission is to study the etiology of psychiatric, substance use, and major biomedical disorders that have a significant behavioral component. Our foci are genetic epidemiology, molecular genetics/genomics, and the development of statistical methods and software to analyze genetic data. We aim to understand the interplay of genetic, environmental and developmental factors in behavioral and mental health, to educate the next generation of researchers, and to share findings with the scientific community via publications and conference presentations.

Chief purpose of this position in support of above mission or goal

This is a tenure eligible faculty position at the (advanced) Assistant, Associate or Full Professor level at VIPBG in the Department of Psychiatry. The faculty member should have an established research program and be willing to engage in collaboration within the Institute. The faculty member should be interested in working with a diversity of different backgrounds with complementary research programs aimed at understanding how genetic and environmental risk factors contribute to psychiatric and related behavioral outcomes. Joint appointments are possible with complementary departments. A generous three-year start up package available.

Position Responsibilities

1. Teaching There are no set teaching requirements however the candidate is expected to contribute their expertise to relevant courses taught at the Institute and to mentor graduate students and post-docs working in their research program/laboratory.

2. Research The faculty member should have a well-developed scholarly/research portfolio which complements the existing expertise in the institute with evidence of multi-disciplinary applications and external funding appropriate with rank. They are expected to be an engaged collaborator to enhance the research program at the Institute. In addition, they will mentor both graduate students and post-docs in their research laboratory.

3. Service Faculty member will serve on Departmental, College, and/or University committees as necessary, as well as in a professional capacity in their field, e.g., reviewer, conference organizer etc.

Required Qualifications

• MD or PhD or equivalent with advanced training in genetic, psychology, psychiatry, biostatistics, epidemiology, or a related field.
• A successful track record of both publication and extramural research funding. For appointment at the Assistant Professor level applicants should have either existing or imminent external funding.
• For Assistant Professor level: Faculty member will be required to have an established research agenda and a clear potential for external funding, and potential for scholarship or creative expression to complement and expand existing expertise in the department.
• For Associate Professor/Professor level: Faculty member will be required to have a well-developed scholarly/research portfolio with evidence of multi-disciplinary applications and external funding appropriate to complement and expand existing expertise in the department.
• An interest in areas complementary to current VIPBG expertise, e.g., psychiatric genetics, genomics, neuroscience or development.
• Demonstrated experience working in and fostering a diverse faculty, staff, and student environment or commitment to do so as a faculty member at VCU.

Preferred Qualifications

• Applicants at the Associate/Full Professor level with established funding and research portfolios are especially encouraged to apply.
• Applicants with expertise in statistical genetics, molecular genetics or bioinformatics relevant to complex human disorders are especially encouraged to apply.

Posting Detail Information

Date Posted 12/07/2015
Open Until Filled Yes
Application Deadline Date
Proposed Hire Date 07/01/2016
Type of Search
Application Process/Additional Information

To apply, submit letter of interest, summary of research interests and future plans, three references and CV online via eJobs ( Only electronic applications will be accepted.

VCU is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. Women, minorities, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.
For Additional Information or questions: Tammy M. Newcomb, Human Resources, Department of Psychiatry, VCU, Box 980710, Richmond, VA 23298 or via email to

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Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter/Letter of Application
  2. Curriculum Vitae (CV)
Optional Documents
  1. Other Document
  2. Reference Letter - 1
  3. Reference Letter - 2
  4. Reference Letter - 3