Associate Director of the UAB/Lakeshore Foundation Research Collaborative

Alabama, United States
Salary Not specified
Nov 25, 2020
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time




The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) School of Health Professions is seeking to fill a tenure track faculty position to serve as the Associate Director of the UAB/Lakeshore Foundation Research Collaborative.  This is a 12-month, full-time, tenure -or non-tenure track appointment at the rank of Associate or Full professor. Applications received before January 15th, 2021 will be given full consideration by the search committee though this search will remain open until the position is filled.


In 2012, The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) and Lakeshore Foundation (Lakeshore) formed a collaborative which brings together the significant assets and expertise of each organization to pursue applied exercise, wellness and rehabilitation research in disability.  The Collaborative reflects a commitment by each organization to greatly expand past and current research efforts with the goal of developing a world class research program. 


The Associate Director, reporting to the Director of the UAB/Lakeshore Research Collaborative, Dr. James Rimmer, and the Dean of the School of Health Professions, will be responsible for leading the newly created Center for Engagement in Disability Health and Rehabilitation Sciences (CEDHARS).  Supported by funds from the Office of the Vice President for Research, School of Medicine and School of Health Professions, the mission of CEDHARS is to identify, support, and shape interdisciplinary and inclusive scientific research that has the greatest impact on people with disabilities, and to accelerate the translation of scientific discoveries into solutions that improve the health and well-being of people with disabilities at all age levels (children, adults and seniors). As such, the Associate Director will be responsible for expanding a research and leadership program in applied exercise, wellness and rehabilitation across the translational research continuum (bench to bedside, bedside to clinic, clinic to community, and community to nation).  In this role, the Associate Director will also set research and training priorities for CEDHARS, which align with the strategic missions of UAB and Lakeshore Foundation.    


The Associate Director, in collaboration with the Director, will be involved in several federally funded research and programmatic projects.  Currently funded projects exceed $8M/year and include rehabilitation engineering (R&D in recreation and exercise technologies funded by NIDILRR), telehealth/telerehabilitation (funded by the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute), and wellness (National Center on Health, Physical Activity and Disability, funded by CDC).  


The successful candidate should be a recognized leader with a demonstrated track record of externally funded research in disability health and/or rehabilitation science or a related area and have earned a doctoral degree, PhD, MD or other terminal degree in a medically relevant discipline. Particular consideration will be given to those candidates with a research portfolio and training that are relevant to the vision and mission of the UAB/Lakeshore Research Collaborative.  Experience indicative of Associate Director-level administrative ability is desired. Candidates should have a strong record of publication in an area related to disability, exercise, health and/or rehabilitation science.  The candidate will be expected to provide inspired leadership to develop and implement a growing research program and to contribute to the programmatic excellence in the School of Health Professions and Lakeshore Foundation.  Rank and salary commensurate with the candidate’s qualifications.  Excellent fringe benefits are offered which include a retirement plan, health care benefits and tuition assistance.  Nominations and applications should include a full curriculum vitae and the names and addresses of at least three references, and should be submitted electronically to:


In addition to the resources on the UAB campus, the Associate Director will have access to an extraordinary set of research facilities located on the Lakeshore campus.  A 14,000 sq. ft. research facility was renovated in 2018 and includes a set of clinical research laboratories in exercise physiology and recreation/exercise rehabilitation engineering, both of which provide UAB researchers with equipment and space to conduct their research.  In 2019, the Lakeshore Foundation completed a 17,000 sq. ft. addition to its main building that includes greater technology to help people with disabilities. The new addition includes five telehealth suites for virtual programming, a culinary lab for online and onsite nutrition interventions and educational programs, an innovation lab, exercise and mindfulness studios, and a multimedia room with technology to collaborate and deliver information in an accessible, convenient way.


About the Lakeshore Foundation.  The Lakeshore Foundation is a non-profit 501c3 organization that promotes independence for people with physical disability and provides opportunities to pursue active, healthy lifestyles.  Lakeshore serves a wide variety of clients including injured military, Paralympic athletes and individuals from the community with physical disabilities and chronic health conditions.  Additionally, Lakeshore Foundation is an official U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Training Site that can accommodate a variety of sports. Lakeshore Foundation has committed significant physical and capital resources to support infrastructure and research that is consistent with the mission of the Collaborative. 


About the The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). UAB is an internationally renowned research university and academic medical center with professional schools and specialty patient care programs consistently ranked as among the nation's top 25.


About the School of Health Professions. The UAB School of Health Professions (SHP) is one of the largest health professions schools in the nation, with more than 20 innovative programs at the baccalaureate, masters, and doctoral degree levels.  SHP faculty lead and participate in a number of multidisciplinary UAB research centers, which includes the Clinical Nutrition Obesity Research Center, the Diabetes Research and Training Center, the National Center on Health, Physical Activity and Disability (NCHPAD), among others.


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UAB is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer committed to fostering a diverse, equitable and family-friendly environment in which all faculty and staff can excel and achieve work/life balance irrespective of race, national origin, age, genetic or family medical history, gender, faith, gender identity and expression as well as sexual orientation. UAB also encourages applications from individuals with disabilities and veterans.

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