The University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC), Department of Preventive Medicine, is seeking candidates for a full-time, tenured or tenure-track, state-supported, faculty position at the level of associate or full professor to assume the Director role of the CANDLE Study (Conditions Affecting Neurocognitive Development and Learning in Early Childhood). CANDLE is an active longitudinal birth cohort of 1500 mother-child dyads based in Shelby County, TN (www.candlestudy.com). The CANDLE cohort has been followed uninterrupted for the past 16 years and has one of the largest representations of African American mother-child dyads (65%). Translational research is supported by in person data collection protocols, an extensive biorepository, and a network of transdisciplinary investigators at UTHSC and elsewhere. Current CANDLE funding derives from the NIH Environmental influences on Child Health Outcomes (www.nih.gov/echo) consortium, as well as on-going investigator-initiated grants.
UTHSC is a major academic medical center comprised of 6 colleges: Medicine, Nursing, Dentistry, Pharmacy, Graduate Health Sciences, and Health Professions. UTHSC is part of the University of Tennessee system, which spans the state of Tennessee, serving large rural and urban populations. UTHSC has widely respected, federally funded programs in the areas of cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and behavioral health, and boasts considerable clinical research space, a translational research center, established biostatistical support, and a long-standing clinical trials research support system. The Greater Memphis metropolitan area has more than 1.3 million residents and has a low cost of living. It is home to a thriving medical district, a vibrant restaurant scene, a revitalized Downtown, the Arts District, historic neighborhoods, and an extensive public park system.
Memphis is an African American-majority city, making UTHSC research an important contributor to diverse representation in many longitudinal clinical trials and cohort studies, such as our Women’s Health Initiative, Look Ahead, SPRINT, the Conditions Affecting Neurocognitive Development and Learning in Early childhood (CANDLE) studies, and the Biorepository and Integrative Genomics (BIG) Initiative, a pediatric DNA biorepository established through UTHSC and Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital. The Department of Preventive Medicine is at the core to many of these initiatives. With over 20 full-time faculty members, the Department maintains a highly collaborative and transdisciplinary environment for research that includes expertise in preventive medicine, biostatistics, epidemiology, behavioral research, health services research, community outreach, and clinical studies.
The successful candidate will be Director of CANDLE, and responsible for all aspects of study vision, development, and management. Candidates are expected to obtain extramural funding and have a track record of research experience and expertise necessary to develop and maintain an on-going, highly collaborative, research program focused on health outcomes in a racially diverse cohort of mother-child dyads. The candidate’s research focus may include, but is not limited to, respiratory disease, obesity, neurodevelopment, nutrition, addiction, prenatal and postnatal outcomes, or other socio-behavioral outcomes of high impact. Candidates are also welcome to develop new research activity or be involved with research activities outside of CANDLE. Although this is primarily a research position, the successful candidate is also expected to contribute to the academic mission of Department of Preventive Medicine and the Division of Epidemiology through teaching, student and junior faculty mentorship, and departmental service. A joint or secondary appointment in a clinical department may be feasible as appropriate. This position comes with a generous start-up package, relocation costs, and excellent medical and educational benefits through the State of Tennessee.
Doctorate in epidemiology, public health, medicine, nursing, health psychology, or a similar area;
Track record of peer-reviewed publications, grant awards, and academic leadership meriting appointment at associate or full professor;
Experience proposing and implementing epidemiologic and clinical studies including the implementation and management of observational studies, diagnostic studies, or randomized trials;
Experience working with a diverse faculty, staff, and student body;
Excellent oral and written communication skills.
Interested applicants should electronically submit a copy of their curriculum vitae, and a cover letter summarizing your research and other experience. Contact information for three recommendation letters will be required before an appointment is made. Please include the position posting number in the subject line of all communications. Review of materials will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.
Applicants should have a demonstrated commitment to and knowledge of equal employment opportunity and affirmative action.
The University of Tennessee Health Science Center is the flagship statewide, public, academic health institution in Tennessee. Founded in 1911, the mission of the University of Tennessee Health Science is to improve the health and well-being of Tennesseans and the global community by fostering integrated, collaborative, and inclusive education, research, scientific discovery, clinical care, and public service. Employing more than 4,600 people on its faculty, staff, and not-for-profit corporation faculty practice groups, and with more than 3,200 students across the state, UTHSC contributes $4 billion to the economy of Tennessee.
Part of the University of Tennessee System, the Health Science Center is headquartered in Memphis and includes all six of UT’s doctoral-degree-granting health science colleges -- Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy, Nursing, Graduate Health Sciences, and Health Professions. UTHSC spans the state with its four major, regional clinical health science locations in Memphis, Knoxville, Chattanooga, and Nashville, as well as more than 100 clinical education sites across Tennessee. UTHSC is the largest educator of health care professionals in the state and operates the state’s largest residency and fellowship advanced training programs.
Located in West Tennessee on the banks of the Mississippi River, Memphis is the second-largest city in the state and among the largest cities in the Southeast. The Greater Memphis metropolitan area has more than 1.3 million residents, and the city ranks among those with the lowest cost of living in the country. It is home to a vibrant restaurant scene, a revitalized Downtown, the Midtown Arts District, many scenic neighborhoods, an active medical district, and a burgeoning airport in the midst of a $214 million modernization.
Memphis boasts attractions, including Elvis Presley’s Graceland, the Memphis Grizzlies, historic Beale Street, the National Civil Rights Museum, the second-largest urban county park in the United States, and the Memphis in May World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest.