Chief of Division, Birth Defects Research, Department of Pediatrics - University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and Arkansas Children’s Research Institute

The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS), Department of Pediatrics (DOP), Section of Birth Defects Research is seeking an outstanding scientist or physician-scientist to serve as Chief of the Section of Birth Defects Research. Applicants will also be considered for the Pamela D. Stephens Endowed Chair of Birth Defects. We are looking for an academician with exemplary leadership, administrative, and mentoring skills who will lead and continue enhancing the research and mentoring activities of the Section. Qualified applicants can also be considered to serve as Director of a state-of-the-art human genetics laboratory, if interested. Candidates should have a PhD in perinatal, reproductive, environmental, molecular or genetic epidemiology (or related field), MD with advanced research training, or MD, PhD in relevant fields. Commensurate with experience and rank, the successful candidate should have current extramural funding, an outstanding record of collaborative research and peer-reviewed publications, outstanding communications skills, and strong and proven experience in a research setting. Rank and tenure status will be determined based on qualifications.

The successful candidate will lead a group of active and collaborative faculty who conduct their research within the nationally-recognized Arkansas Children’s Hospital environment to complement and support current ongoing projects, aid in securing extramural funding, plan and direct independent research studies, and collaborate with existing faculty and national collaborators in the design, implementation and analysis of birth defects studies. The candidate will direct the analyses of complex data, interpret study findings, and present scientific data in oral, written and electronic media. Opportunities to collaborate and expand ongoing research projects funded by NIH and CDC are also available. The successful candidate will also have the potential to provide training with the Birth Defects team for medical, master and doctoral level students who are completing their training in the College of Medicine, College of Graduate Studies, or College of Public Health.

A substantial start up support package, competitive salary and benefits, protected research time, research and administrative infrastructure and ample intramural pilot funding opportunities are available. High-quality laboratory space at Arkansas Children’s Research Institute is also available. The Section of Birth Defects Research, Arkansas Center and the Department of Pediatrics have a strong record of successful mentorship and support for career development of junior faculty. Senior candidates will be expected to demonstrate a track record of sustained research funding and experience mentoring junior faculty and trainees.

Applicants should send a letter of interest and curriculum vitae to:
Search for Section Chief of Birth Defects Research
c/o Mary Aitken, MD
Professor and Section Chief, Center for Applied Research and Evaluation
Department of Pediatrics, College of Medicine
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
13 Children’s Way, #512-40 Little Rock, AR 72202

UAMS is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer of individuals with disabilities and protected veterans.

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