Assistant Professor




University of Colorado School of Medicine

Anschutz Medical Campus

Department of Pediatrics

Section of Neurology

Assistant Professor

Position #736308 - Requisition # 10455

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Job Summary:

The Department of Pediatrics Section of Neurology has an opening for a full-time Assistant Professor. This position will have specific responsibility for the development and implementation of a program within Oncology (Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders), with specific emphasis on the neuropsychological care of children who are or have been treated for brain tumors. This position will be responsible for the development and implementation of a range of services, including screening, monitoring, targeted, and comprehensive assessment as well as transition to adult care for patients who have been treated for CNS neoplasms. The position is integrated in Neurology with the opportunity to work with other neuropsychologists (currently 8, with 5 psychometrists), to maintain skills with a variety of patient populations, to facilitate professional development, as well as to allow for cross-coverage. A Wellness program within Oncology provides psychological care and support to patients and it is anticipated that the new faculty member will work in cooperation and collaboration with this set of providers. In addition, we are concurrently recruiting for a second neuropsychology faculty position with a focus on the care of children with solid and liquid neoplasms, and children treated with bone marrow transplants. It is anticipated that the 2 new faculty (this position and the non-CNS tumor position) will coordinate and assist one another in the development of an integrated clinical, training and research program in neuropsychology in the Oncology setting. Faculty rank dependent upon experience and past productivity.

Faculty members are expected to participate in training of externs, interns and post-doctoral fellows in Neuropsychology, and to provide training in long-term follow up for residents and fellows in Oncology. Research/Scholarly productivity is required for promotion. Patients are seen at the Children's Hospital Colorado, on the main campus in Aurora, and at Network of Care sites. The neuropsychologist should anticipate seeing patients at multiple venues. The neuropsychologists at CHCO are supported by psychometrists to assist in assessment.

This is a joint recruit by the sections of Neurology and Oncology.

Examples of Work Performed

  • Direct in and out patient neuropsychological consultations including screening, monitoring, traditional comprehensive exams, as well as multidisciplinary, and short targeted exams with patients with as they progress thru treatment for brain tumors, and follow-up
  • Traditional comprehensive assessments of general neuropsychology patients in the neuropsychology clinic as possible;
  • Development of tools to be used in Neuro-oncology to screen and monitor patients, as appropriate
  • Coordination with the members of the Wellness Team in Oncology to promote psychosocial adaptation of patients;
  • Development and implementation of a transition to adulthood program specifically geared to emancipation, vocational and social adjustment in children with brain tumors;
  • All faculty participate and contribute to the training of externs, interns, and post-doctoral fellows in neuropsychology including supervision and engagement in didactic sessions. Coordination with the Oncology training program to provide exposure to long term cognitive needs in children who have been treated for neoplastic disease is anticipated. Additionally, the development of appropriate training in neuropsychology for Pediatric Psychology Fellows in Oncology is anticipated;
  • All faculty contribute to program development including involvement in ongoing QI projects;
  • Faculty are expected to demonstrate scholarly and research productivity and growth, including, but not limited to clinical research, literature reviews, involvement in the development of training or clinical guidelines. The development of successful, systematic and measurable approaches to facilitating successful psychosocial adjustment in children treated for brain tumors completed in coordination with oncologists is anticipated.



Qualifications

Minimum Requirements:
  • A Ph.D., or Psy.D. in clinical psychology, including an internship and postdoctoral program in Pediatric Neuropsychology;
  • Candidates must be eligible for licensure in Colorado, have passed the EPPP and satisfied the requirements for certification as a neuropsychologist by the American Board of Clinical Neuropsychology. Board certification is required within 5 years of joining the faculty to maintain medical staff privileges in neuropsychology;
  • Candidates must have 3-5 years' experience in providing care to children diagnosed with or treated for tumors of the CNS;
  • Candidates must demonstrate experience in providing multiple types of neuropsychological care (e.g. beyond comprehensive exams);
  • Candidates must have had prior experience in program development as demonstrated by the successful initiation and implementation of a clinical program;
  • Candidates must demonstrate prior experience in the training of pre- and post-doctoral level psychologists, with a focus on teaching neuropsychological skills.


Condition of Employment:
  • Must successfully pass a drug test through Children's Hospital Colorado
  • Must be willing and able to pass a national criminal background check

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
  • Demonstrable familiarity with a range of pediatric neurologic and medical conditions, that impact on CNS functioning with an emphasis on brain tumors, and survivorship issues;
  • Knowledge of assessment instruments used across children and adolescents;
  • The ability to create strong, and respectful helping relationships;
  • Ability to work cooperatively within a multi-disciplinary team;
  • Continued interest in enhancing our understanding of the impact of brain tumors on neuropsychological functioning;
  • Skills to design and implement studies that answer questions regarding issues pertinent to the neuro-oncology population, such as, but not limited to, the impact of medical intervention on cognition, the relationship between different test measures, more efficient and effective way of providing assessment for children, variables contributing to successful long-term outcome in children treated for brain tumors, the efficacy of neuropsychological recommendations, alternative ways of communicating recommendations, etc. Both clinical and provision of care issues are pertinent;
  • The ability to work within a group to identify and solve problems on a daily and longer term basis;
  • The ability and persistence to work towards research and provision of care goals;
  • The ability to describe and communicate a vision for care for children with brain tumors and to coordinate with other professionals to reach that goal;
  • The ability to recover quickly, and to adapt to stress and adversity in the face of working with an often emotionally- painful population.

Preferred Qualifications:
  • A history of successful independent academic and scholarly activity
  • Experience in the supervision of psychologists, and neuropsychologists in training
  • Demonstrated experience with children with brain tumors
  • A vision for a program within Oncology to provide neuropsychologic care to children with brain tumors, and the capacity to share and implement that vision

Salary and Benefits:

Salary is commensurate with skills and experience. The University of Colorado offers a full benefits package. Information on University benefits programs, including eligibility, is located at Employee Services.

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Special Instructions to Applicants:APPLICATION DEADLINE: Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Questions should be directed to Greta.Wilkening@childrenscolorado.org



Application Materials Required:Cover Letter, Resume/CV, List of References

Application Materials Instructions:

Applications are accepted electronically at CU Careers, refer to requisition ID: 10455

When applying, applicants must include:
  1. A letter of application which specifically addresses the job requirements and outlines qualifications
  2. A current Resume/CV
  3. The names, addresses, daytime telephone numbers and e-mail addresses for three professional references, either attached to your resume/CV or uploaded as a separate document
Please be advised that the University does check references as part of the employment process.

Please do not submit any of your application material (via email) to the job posting contact.



Job Category: Faculty

Primary Location: Aurora

Department: H0001 -- Anschutz Medical Campus - 20947 - SOM-PEDS Neurology-GenOps

Schedule: Full-time

Posting Date: Aug 7, 2017

Closing Date: Ongoing

Posting Contact Name: Greta Wilkening

Posting Contact Email: Greta.Wilkening@childrenscolorado.org

Position Number: 00736308

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