Director of Research / MAHEC Family Medicine (Asheville)

Position Title:  Director of Research / MAHEC Family Medicine (Asheville)

Appointment Type: Fixed Term Faculty

Position Summary: The Director of Research is a key leadership position bridging statewide research initiatives for the UNC Health Sciences at MAHEC campus in Asheville and the UNC-Chapel Hill Department of Family Medicine. UNCHealth Sciences at MAHEC is a unique interdisciplinary collaboration with UNC-Chapel Hill, Western Carolina University, and regional community partners. The Director of Research will develop, lead, and promote scholarly activity within the statewide department, including but not limited to securing grant funding, leading grant funded research projects, publishing peer-reviewed articles, paving the path for other faculty and residents to publish peer-reviewed publications, and bolstering our state and national reputations. The Director will work closely with the entire research team at UNC Health Sciences at MAHEC, including collaborative research with Pharmacy, Public Health, Dentistry and other Departments in Medicine. The goal is that the research team will successfully pursue grants and other sources of financial support in order to build the research team in the Department of Family Medicine at MAHEC and support other staff within the larger UNC Health Sciences at MAHEC research team.

As the Director of Research at UNC Health Sciences at MAHEC for the Department of Family Medicine you will be an integral part of our statewide department’s research success. The Director reports primarily to the Chair of Family Medicine at MAHEC with a dotted line reporting structure to the Director of Research at UNC Health Sciences at MAHEC and the Chair of Family Medicine at UNC-Chapel Hill. Funding for this position comes though MAHEC and external grants, contracts and philanthropy. We support our faculty with professional development opportunities in the department, in the institution, and nationally. Each faculty member is supported by a mentoring subcommittee that helps build the framework to a successful career, including career planning, counseling around career goals, and regular review of academic activities, all tailored to individual professional and personal goals. We are committed to building a culturally diverse faculty and strongly encourages applications from minority candidates. Faculty rank and salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience. Learn more about the UNC Health Sciences at MAHEC at: & the UNC Department of Family Medicine at:

Specific responsibilities may include, but are not limited to, the following:
• Leadership: Develop a strategic plan for the research division with measurable outcome objectives for the Department of Family Medicine and lead the effort to meet those goals. Support and enhance the work of existing faculty already successfully engaged in meaningful scholarly activity. Perform an assessment of opportunities within the existing clinical and education programs. Act as a liaison to the MAHEC Department of Research to ensure the most efficient and productive collaboration between the departments. Develop collaborative research agendas with other researchers at the UNC Health Sciences at MAHEC and broader UNC School of Medicine. The Director is expected to make meaningful connections with colleagues, centers and institutes in Chapel Hill and the Statewide Department of Family Medicine.

• Clinical (for MD/DO candidates only): For physicians, pro-rated participation in call coverage and extended clinical hours in the evenings and on Saturdays, in rotation with other faculty is expected. Supervision of residents as attending physician on the hospital service and the provision of prenatal care and obstetric care are optional. The Director will have approximately half of their time committed to clinical and teaching activities such as direct patient care and precepting residents.

• Teaching & Education: Like all other faculty in the department, the person in this position will fulfill the institution’s teaching mission and will teach and mentor medical students, interns, residents, fellows, and other learners. Educate faculty and residents in research principles through didactic conferences, mentoring, and participation in research projects. Must support colleagues and learners in the development and completion of research projects. Help other faculty develop and map out research agendas and research career path.

• Research: Develop expertise and both a state and national reputation as a strong leader in primary care research. Lead efforts to secure external funding for short-term and long-term projects, including funding from foundations, government and industry where relevant. As a research faculty member, the selected candidate will be encouraged to develop a scholarly interest and will be expected to produce scholarly products annually. Support faculty research projects, serving as an expert in developing research questions, literature reviews, study design, data analysis, and writing of peer reviewed publications. This includes recruitment of physician, pharmacist, behavioral medicine, and other faculty, as well as interdisciplinary learners of the many health education programs in the organization, to work together as a team on scholarly projects.

• Institutional Citizenship: All faculty are expected to work as part of the larger team to improve access, reduce cost, improve quality, and promote efficiency and better health outcomes. You may be asked to engage in community outreach and attend professional events to assist with program development and building professional relationships.

Educational Requirements: MD/DO required. MD/DO with an MPH or PhD preferred. Must be board eligible or board certified in Family Medicine.

Licensed NP/PA candidates will be considered.

Qualifications and Experience: Candidates must have a robust record of academic achievement including securing grant funding and peer-reviewed publications.
Candidates must have demonstrated capacity to work in a highly collaborative research team and maintain positive and productive relationships within and outside the department, including project funders and clients. Excellent methodological skills are required, along with demonstrated commitment to student mentoring and teaching.

Research training in health services research, evaluation of health care interventions, clinical trials, public health, health policy, population health, or a closely related field preferred. Previous faculty experience in an academic department of family medicine or other primary care specialty preferred.

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, race, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or status as a protected veteran.

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