Robert E. Chason Endowed Chair in Translational Research, MIND Institute
Open date: December 22, 2022
Most recent review date: Thursday, Jun 1, 2023 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.
Final date: Friday, Jun 30, 2023 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.
The MIND Institute at the University of California, Davis, School of Medicine, is recruiting for a full-time faculty member in the Regular, In-Residence or Regular/In-Residence series at the Associate/Full Professor rank in the field of translational research in neurodevelopmental disabilities. Faculty in this series are expected to engage in teaching, independent research and creative work, demonstrate professional competence and activity, and provide University and public service.
The successful candidate will have a strong interest in neuroscience with demonstrated ability to garner external funding. Understanding that the term translational research in autism and related neurodevelopmental disabilities holds many meanings, we provide examples of areas of study that candidates may be engaged in, although this list is not necessarily exhaustive:
• Induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) research that helps clarify basic biology, the existence of phenotypic differences, and/or treatment strategies for autism and other neurodevelopmental conditions.
• Clinical and basic cognitive neuroscience using novel neuroimaging or other techniques, and sophisticated data analytic methods or computational approaches to help reveal how brain circuits process information through development. Such studies might offer leads for biomarker development, early diagnosis and treatment, clarification of the link between brain functioning and symptoms, better understanding of how interventions work, and that generally promote precision medicine approaches that help autistic persons and individuals with other neurodevelopmental disorders.
• Behavioral neuroscience that utilizes animal models that incorporate genetic or environmental constructs, to promote the understanding of behavioral and biological phenotypes, and to identify biomarkers and molecular mechanisms that may underlie them, with the goal of improving the precision of pharmacological interventions and other treatments for autism and other neurodevelopmental conditions.
• Genetics and genomics research that clarifies molecular contributions to autism and other neurodevelopmental conditions and phenotypes to identify relevant pathways and druggable targets that more precisely map to autism biology, leading to advances in drug development for autistic persons and individuals with other neurodevelopmental disorders.
• Other efforts to understand the factors at the genetic, molecular, and cellular systems level that contribute to the development of the autism phenotype and those of other neurodevelopmental conditions through different phases of the lifespan with the goal of improving the lives of individuals with these phenotypes.
More specifically, they will be expected to:
• Lead and conduct translational science research in neurodevelopmental disabilities, as evidenced by appropriate scientific publications.
• Provide leadership by bringing national and international recognition to the MIND Institute via understanding and treatment for neurodevelopmental disabilities.
• Garner funding for their own research and programmatic efforts across MIND Institute disciplines and expertise.
• Maintain an active relationship with the local professional community and enhance the academic and intellectual life of the MIND Institute, UC Davis Health, and UC Davis.
• Participate in appropriate professional societies and educational organizations, including taking a leadership role in those organizations.
• Participate in service on research review boards.
• Engage in teaching and scholarly activities focused in the area of neurodevelopmental disabilities.
• Teach courses regularly for undergraduates, graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, or medical students in the area of neurodevelopmental disabilities.
• Mentor early career scientists, including graduate students and postdoctoral fellows.
• Provide service to department, school and campus committees.
• Foster collegiality and work collaboratively in a diverse environment.
• Adhere to University policies and procedures.
• Research focus area should be in translational research in autism and related neurodevelopmental disabilities, including but not limited to iPSCs, cognitive neuroscience, genetics/genomics, and genome manipulation using diverse model systems.
The incumbent will be the holder of the Robert E. Chason Endowed Chair in Translational Research at the UC Davis MIND Institute. The endowment will support the Chair's efforts in research, teaching and public service, and further the mission the MIND Institute and the campus. The MIND Institute is a collaborative international research center, committed to the awareness, understanding, prevention, and treatment of the challenges associated with neurodevelopmental disabilities. Founded in 1998 by families of children with autism, they envisioned experts from disciplines related to brain development to work towards finding and developing treatments to reduce the challenges and improve the quality of life for individuals with neurodevelopmental disabilities and their families. The MIND Institute is especially known for research and clinical therapies developed for Autism, Fragile X Syndrome, Down syndrome, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and Chromosome 22q11.2 Deletion Syndrome.
Experience to be appointed at the advanced Associate or Full Professor rank. This recruitment is conducted at the associate/full rank. The resulting hire will be at the associate/full rank, regardless of the proposed appointee’s qualifications.
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For the full position description and to apply, visit https://recruit.ucdavis.edu/JPF05444. This position will remain open until filled through June 30, 2023.
Candidates must possess or be eligible for the following:
• M.D., Ph.D., M.D./Ph.D. or equivalent terminal degree
• An outstanding record of research creativity, independence, and productivity
• Demonstrated ability to establish and sustain extramurally funded research programs
• Teaching experience at the undergraduate and graduate level
• Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively as a teacher
• Committed to educate cohorts of early careers scientists rich in diversity with respect to gender, ethnicity, first-generation students, socioeconomic status, and academic interests.
• The ideal candidate will be internationally recognized for their research in the field of autism or closely related neurodevelopmental disabilities although area of specialization and disciplinary background is open
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