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Assistant Professor - Research Methodology

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Posting Details

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Position Information

Position Number F56150
Position Type Teaching and Research Faculty
Rank Assistant Professor
Working Title Assistant Professor - Research Methodology
School/Unit School of Medicine
Department Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
Number of Months 12
Tenure Status Non-Tenure Eligible
Grant funded position? No

Position Summary and Qualifications

Mission or Goal of Unit

The Center for Rehabilitation Science and Engineering (CERSE) is a research-related center at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) designed to foster interdisciplinary research, innovation, collaborative potential, and resource development in the field of rehabilitation (e.g., rehabilitation medicine, allied health, engineering, social work, education, etc.). The mission of CERSE is to (a) provide rehabilitation leadership to the Commonwealth of Virginia and (b) improve the quality of life for individuals with disabilities by © maximizing independence in living skills, recreation and employment activities through (d) innovative education, evidence-based research, and outcome-focused patient care. The center has a rich history of developing funded research programs, producing new knowledge, and innovating clinical practice in the rehabilitation sciences.

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

The research methodologist for CERSE will provide a key role of support to physicians who wish to develop new research programs and grant proposals or expand their existing research by utilizing appropriate methodologies, such as random control trials as well as how to postulate hypotheses and research questions. This person will work closely with PhD researchers as well as graduate students and residents from numerous disciplines in Medicine, Engineering, Allied Health as well as other Schools at VCU. This person must have the ability to know how to perform literature reviews, engage in meaningful strategies of knowledge transfer and multi-task across different projects.

Position Responsibilities

• Teach grand rounds or other venues as required by Chair.
• Provide mentorship and coordination of PM&R resident and fellow research projects

• Direct CERSE activities in order to support and enhance VCU’s reputation as an internationally recognized leader in neuroscience, neurotrauma, engineering, and rehabilitation research
• The incumbent for this position will be required to aid in the design of studies, complete data analysis plans, conduct power analyses and estimate sample sizes, assist in grant writing, report production, and the development of scholarly publications.
• Engage in independently-funded neuroscience, neurotrauma, engineering or rehabilitation research
• Successfully collaborate with CERSE colleagues on application and execution of funded research projects
• Publish in quality journals at a level consistent with professional history
• Consult with CERSE researchers, faculty and residents on matters of research design, statistics, human subjects, substance abuse, ADA and vocational rehabilitation
• Work closely with departmental and center administration on successfully completing and successfully submitting grant applications.

• Mentor Department faculty to improve research and grant expertise in association with various community agencies or advocacy groups

• Represent VCU and CERSE at regional, national, and international meetings and conferences

Required Qualifications

• Ph.D. The position requires a doctoral degree in research methodology, bio-statistics, statistics, or a closely related field
• Minimum of three years of independent programmatic, published research
• Experience in grant writing skills, including participation on Federal grants
• Experience in working in multi-disciplinary research situations
• Ability to communicate and work closely with departmental and center staff at all levels.

Preferred Qualifications

• Funding history with NIDDLR, DARPA, CDMRP, NIH or similar Federal funding sources
• Experience with clinical trials
• Collaborative research agenda, including publications crossing lines of both psychosocial rehabilitation and physical medicine

Posting Detail Information

Date Posted 04/14/2017
Open Until Filled Yes
Application Deadline Date
Proposed Hire Date 09/18/2017
Type of Search National
Application Process/Additional Information

Candidates will apply via

Posted Salary Commensurate with Experience

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Applicant Documents

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