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Assistant Professor (VIPBG)

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Posting Details

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Position Information

Position Number F55170
Position Type Teaching and Research Faculty
Rank Assistant Professor
Working Title Assistant Professor (VIPBG)
School/Unit School of Medicine
Department Psychiatry
Number of Months 12
Tenure Status Non-Tenure Eligible
Grant funded position? No

Position Summary and Qualifications

Mission or Goal of Unit

(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 non-tenure eligible faculty position at the Assistant Professor level at VIPBG in the Department of Psychiatry. The faculty member should have a developed research program in the statistical-molecular genetics of depression and associated traits 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.

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 track record of research with established methodological skills in statistical molecular genetics and have had experience in the application of these skills to Genome Wide association data with complex psychiatric disorders especially major depression. Knowledge of structural modeling techniques and/or population genetic methods would also be desirable. They will be 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 area – statistical molecular genetics.

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

• PhD or equivalent with advanced training in statistical genetics, molecular genetics, structural modeling and/or population genetic methods.
• A successful track record of strong scientific publications.
• 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.
• 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 with expertise in statistical genetics, molecular genetics or population genetics relevant to complex human disorders are especially encouraged to apply.

Posting Detail Information

Date Posted 04/28/2017
Open Until Filled Yes
Application Deadline Date
Proposed Hire Date 07/01/2017
Type of Search National
Application Process/Additional Information

To apply, submit letter of interest, summary of research interests and future plans, three references and CV online via eJobs (

For Additional Information or questions: Tammy M. Newcomb, Human Resources, Department of Psychiatry, VCU, Box 980308, Richmond, VA 23298 or via email to

VCU is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. Women, minorities, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

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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