Alcohol Research Faculty

Virginia Commonwealth University
Virginia, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted date
Aug 20, 2021

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Health & Medicine, Medicine, Science, Technology & Mathematics, Biology & Life Sciences, Social & Behavioral Sciences, Other Social & Behavioral Sciences, Psychology, Administrative, Academic Affairs, Research Administration
Employment Type
Full Time

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Position Number F64060 Is this employee on a H1B Visa? Position Type Teaching and Research Faculty Rank Open Working Title Alcohol Research Faculty School/Unit School of Medicine Department Psychiatry Number of Months 12 Tenure Status Open Grant funded position? No
Mission or Goal of Unit
VCU Alcohol Research Center ( VCU ARC ) is a 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 alcohol research.

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 goal
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 . Position Responsibilities
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.

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 organizer etc.

Other (for instance administrative duties, etc.)
The intention is for the incumbent to advance into leadership responsibilities over time. Required Qualifications
  • 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 department.

  • 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 humans.

  • 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
  • Clinical training in psychiatry or neurology.

  • Expertise in statistical genetics, behavioral genetics, molecular genetics or bioinformatics relevant to study of complex human disorders.

Date Posted 08/19/2021 Open Until Filled Yes Application Deadline Date Proposed Hire Date 10/01/2021 Type of Search National Application Process/Additional Information
Applications must include a diversity statement, letter of interest and CV online via eJobs ( Only electronic applications and documents will be accepted.

Questions about this position should be directed to:
Tammy Beltz
HR Manager

As a preeminent national, urban, public research university and academic health center, Virginia Commonwealth University is committed to organizational diversity, equity and inclusion – an environment where all can thrive in their pursuit of excellence.

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. Posted Salary Quick Link Diversity Statement Information For more information on diversity statements, including guidelines, please click here . Supplemental Questions

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Applicant Documents
Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter/Letter of Application
  2. Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  3. Diversity Statement (Required for all Faculty)
Optional Documents
  1. Other Document

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