Clinician Researcher

The Department of Family Medicine & Population Health at Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine believes in the importance of comprehensive lifetime care for residents throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia. This commitment is carried through our medical education and residency programs, in which our faculty and local doctors instruct the next generation of family medicine physicians using advanced techniques and hands-on training. In addition, our research team is looking to the future, exploring new and innovative ways to treat our patients.

We are seeking to hire a tenure-eligible assistant or associate professor, specializing in primary care and public health research. We offer the ability to work and learn alongside our distinguished panel of colleagues, and be responsible for the design, development, execution and dissemination of research on primary care and health services research through externally funded competitive research grants and contracts. Area of expertise is open, but areas of interest include social determinants of health, prevention, practice transformation, community engagement, addiction medicine, and quality measurement. For faculty hired at the assistant Professor level, the faculty member will be required to have an established research agenda and a clear potential for external funding, and potential for scholarship or creative expression to complement and expand existing expertise in the department. For faculty hired at the Associate Professor level, the 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.

Required qualifications include: (1) an earned Medical Doctorate or Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree, and Family Medicine or General Internal Medicine residency training; (2) experience in conducting and completing research projects; (3) an established research agenda/portfolio suitable for rank; (4) a record of or potential for extramural research funding; (5) a publication record suitable for rank; and (6) primary care experience. All candidates should have demonstrated experience working in and fostering a diverse faculty, staff, and student environment or commitment to do so as a faculty member at VCU. Applications will be accepted and reviewed until the position is filled. To apply online or for more information, please visit, Position #F62150.

Preferred qualifications include: (1) Additional training or experience in public health, preventive medicine, or epidemiology, including fellowship, masters (e.g., MPH) or doctoral level (DrPh)-level training; (2) Experience with community-based participatory research (CBPR) or community/stakeholder engagement; (3) Knowledge of social epidemiology and socio-ecological influences on health; (4) Excellent writing skills preferably demonstrated in writing samples from prior grants or publications; (5) Experience working on an interdisciplinary research team. Preference will be given to candidates who can effectively engage with our current faculty in several research projects that are funded and underway; as well as those who can quickly understand and grasp the unique challenges of working with a Practiced Based Research Network (PBRN); (6) Knowledge of and/or training in health promotion and disease prevention; (7) Substantial knowledge of Human Research Subjects Protection and HIPAA regulations and experience developing IRB protocols; (8) Training in substance abuse identification and treatment; and (9) General knowledge of the most common conditions treated in primary care.

For questions regarding the position, please contact Alex Krist, MD, MPH (

Virginia Commonwealth University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. Women, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

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