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Teaching and Research Faculty
Alcohol Research Faculty
School of Medicine
Number of Months
Grant funded position?
Mission or Goal of Unit
VCU Alcohol Research Center ( VCU ARC )
cross-departmental center comprising studies on the genetics of
alcohol behaviors or risk for AUD in invertebrates, rodents and
humans and has been funded continuously for over 10 years by P20 or
P50 grants from NIAAA . Since funding of VCU ARC, NIAAA funding to
VCU has greatly expanded due to increased research scope of VCU ARC
investigators, seeding of alcohol research efforts by other VCU
faculty and increased training grant support to students doing
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 address
public health issues, to educate the next generation of
researchers, and to share findings with the scientific community
via publications and conference presentations.
Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology (Pharm/Tox)
strives to improve the treatment of medical disorders through a
better understanding of the pharmacology of agents and by
developing safer and more effective drugs.Pharm/Tox is ranked
within the top 15 such departments nationally in terms of federal
funding support, largely on the basis of grants funding research on
drug and alcohol abuse.
Chief purpose of this position in support of above mission or
The VCU Alcohol Research Center is seeking applicants for an active
and successful mid-career researcher in studies on the genetics of
alcohol or alcohol use disorder AUD in humans or animals models.
The applicant is expected to contribute to an active
cross-departmental research group. This position is expected to
interact with and complement the existing team. The applicant is
also expected to be a nationally prominent alcohol researcher who
will provide important additional leadership to the future
development of VCU ARC .
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
The faculty member should have a
scholarly/research portfolio that complements and expands the
existing expertise within VIPBG, Pharmacology/Toxicology and VCU’s
Alcohol Research Center ( ARC ) with evidence of multi-disciplinary
applications; with a record of nationally prominent sustained
research productivity and current extramural funding. They are
expected to be an engaged collaborator to enhance the genetic
research programs at VCU ARC and VCU research in general. It is
expected that the faculty member’s research program will include
human or animal genetics.
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
Other (for instance administrative duties, etc.)
intention is for the incumbent to advance into leadership
responsibilities over time.
- Hold a Ph.D. or MD/Ph.D. degree in genetics, neuroscience or
pharmacology, or related field.
- A record of sustained research productivity and current
extramural funding, which should be commensurate with rank.
- For Associate Professor/Professor rank: 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
- Interest in areas complementary to VCU’s Alcohol Research
Center ( ARC ) cross-departmental studies on the genetics of
alcohol behaviors or risk for AUD in invertebrates, rodents and
- Demonstrated experience working in and fostering a diverse
faculty, staff, and student environment or commitment to do so as a
faculty member at VCU .
- Clinical training in psychiatry or neurology.
- Expertise in statistical genetics, behavioral genetics,
molecular genetics or bioinformatics relevant to study of complex
Open Until Filled
Application Deadline Date
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Application Process/Additional Information
Applications must include a diversity statement, letter of interest
and CV online via eJobs (https://www.vcujobs.com/). Only electronic
applications and documents will be accepted.
Questions about this position should be directed to:
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Applicants are requested to submit a Statement of Contributions to
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (typically between 150-300 words)
providing your career aspirations and contributions toward
promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion. Through this statement,
you can share how your lived experiences; and past, present, and
future academic and professional activities have or will contribute
to VCU’s mission of promoting equity and inclusion.
Note: Examples include working with others to further the
goals of equity and inclusion; leading in any capacity that
tangibly promotes an environment where diversity is welcomed,
fostered, and celebrated; creative activity, research and
scholarship that promotes equity and parity; teaching and mentoring
students, and/or engaging with faculty and/or staff from
traditionally underrepresented groups to create a positive and
successful organizational experience.
Diversity Statement Information
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Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).
- Cover Letter/Letter of Application
- Curriculum Vitae (CV)
- Diversity Statement (Required for all Faculty)
- Other Document