Open Rank- Associate Professor/Professor - Center for Women's Health Research IMPH Chair

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University of Colorado – School of Medicine

Department of Psychiatry

 Center for Women’s Health Research IMPH Chair

Open Rank- Associate Professor/Professor

The University of Colorado Denver l Anschutz Medical Campus seeks individuals with demonstrated commitment to creating an inclusive learning and working environment.  We value the ability to engage effectively with students, faculty and staff of diverse backgrounds.

The University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, one of four campuses in the University of Colorado System, is the major academic medical center in the Rocky Mountain region. The Anschutz Medical Campus is home to the University of Colorado Hospital, Children's Hospital Colorado and a new Veterans Affairs Hospital, making it one of the largest and most comprehensive biomedical research and clinical care centers in the western United States. With world-class health sciences research, educational and clinical facilities, the CU School of Medicine has established distinctive and highly productive programs, receiving research awards of more than $350 million per year, including more than $200 million from National Institutes of Health and other federal agencies. The School's total annual clinical and research revenue exceeds $1.2 billion per year.

The University of Colorado School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry has just welcomed their new Department Chair, C. Neill Epperson, MD and is in the process of growing the Department of Psychiatry with new programs and expanding existing programs.

The person who is awarded this $2M endowed Chair within the Center for Women’s Health Research at the University of Colorado School of Medicine-Anschutz Medical Campus (CU-AMC) and hired to be the Director of Research for the Colorado Women’s Behavioral Wellness (CWBW) in the department of Psychiatry, will be an eminent MD or PhD scientist with a strong track record of research on mental health or neurosciences as pertaining to women’s physical health and/or sex differences. The Chair will serve as a member of the Center for Women’s Health Research’s (CWHR) senior faculty. This person will be charged with strategically building, in conjunction with the Department of Psychiatry, a nationally prominent research portfolio in women’s mental/brain health and sex differences research particularly as they relate to overall physical health.  The Chair will be accompanied by $1.0M in funding from the CWHR. In addition, a recruitment package from the Department of Psychiatry will be negotiated between the final candidate and the Chair of Psychiatry. The successful applicant will also strive to collaborate in an interdisciplinary way with other CWHR scientists to enhance women’s health/sex differences research related to psychiatry and neuroscience across the CU-AMC campus. CWHR personnel including the Director and Deputy Director will work closely with the individual who holds this endowed chair, as well as the Chair of the Department of Psychiatry in order to promote the CWHR mission as a whole in addition to the CWHR’s focus area regarding the critical impact of brain/mental health on all other areas of health.

Primary Areas of Responsibility for the CWHR

  1. Strategic Input and Leadership
    • Build the Center for Women’s Health Research (CWHR) Intersection of Mental/Brain health and Physical Health focus areas within CWHR programs to become a national model with visibility within the University and the community at large.
  2. Lead CWHR Research Scientist for the Intersection of Mental and Physical Health Program
    • Develop and advance a sustainable research model and research agenda for the CWHR focus area on mental/physical health and/or neuroscience at the Anschutz Medical Campus.
    • Develop and implement the recruitment and mentoring program within CWHR programs to build the cadre of “best in class” scientists committed to women’s health and sex/gender differences research as it relates to brain health, psychiatry/behavior and physical health as well as the neuroscience underpinnings of psychiatric disorders.  Capacity to consider the interplay between brain health and all other areas of health is critical to the successful implementation of the CWHR’s vision for the focus area.
    • Write grants and participate in fundraising efforts to support the scientific and educational efforts of the Center regarding the intersection of mental and physical health and sex/gender differences in neuropsychiatric disorders.
    • Provide mentorship (career and/or content) to junior faculty and other trainees involved in research related to the brain and behavior, particularly as it intersects will other areas of health.
    • Conduct their own research in women’s mental health and/or sex and gender differences in neuropsychiatric disorders. Again, capacity to consider brain health with other areas of health is critical for a successful candidate for this position.
    • Develop and provide programmatic input/participation for the CWHR - sponsored events such as the Women’s Health Symposium, Women’s Health Research Day and the National Conference
  3. Influential Voice for the CWHR Intersection of Mental and Physical Health Area of Focus
    • Speak to internal and external audiences about the CWHR, women’s health and sex and gender differences research, and the CWHR focus on mental/brain/physical health.
    • Promote the CWHR focus area on mental/brain/physical health to media and other audiences
    • Participate in international and national committees devoted to psychiatry, brain and behavior as well as the intersection of physical and mental health.
    • Have a visible presence and be a leader in women’s health and sex/gender differences research on the CU-AMC and nationally.
Primary Areas of Responsibility for the Department of Psychiatry

    Faculty Roles and ResponsibilitiesDirector of Research for the Colorado Women’s Behavioral Wellness (CWBW) in the Department of Psychiatry
      Work with the leadership team in the CWBW to create a robust research portfolio in psychiatry across the translational continuum.Obtain extramural funding to support the Chair’s research portfolio Mentor residents, graduate students, post-doctoral fellows and junior faculty in relevant ares of researchPromote consideration of sex and gender issues in neuropsychiatric research across the Department of Psychiatry and the CU-AMC.

    Build the CWHR focus area in Women’s Mental Health Research on the Anschutz Medical CampusServe as the Direct of Research for the Colorado Women’s Behavioral Wellness (CWBW) Program in the CU-AMC Department of PsychiatryWork with the CWHR Director and Deputy Director and the Chair of Psychiatry to strategically invest funding reserved to build an extramural-funded research program focusing on psychiatry/mental health with a particular focus on the CWHR and Department of Psychiatry’s missions to highlight the critical relationship between brain health and all other areas of healthProvide input that helps define the strategic directions of the CWHRDefine and oversee the strategic direction of women’s behavioral health research in the Department of PsychiatryAttend quarterly CWHR senior scientist meetingsAttend monthly administrative, research and journal club meetings with the CWBW leadership teamActively participate in the Scientific Council meetings (currently, there is an in-person meeting held in the Spring and a phone conference meeting held in the Fall) Serve as a reviewer for CWHR seed grants Provide mentorship to CWHR PhD scientists and physician scientistsParticipate in educational opportunities for the community and CWHR scientists as able (e.g.. community presentations, symposiums, conferences, judging WHRD posters, etc.)Serve on the planning committee(s) and participate in CWHR scientific educational events (e.g., Women’s Health Symposium, CWHR National Conference)Support through attendance, sponsorship or advocacy the CWHR Annual Community Luncheon Support through attendance, sponsorship or advocacy other CWHR events and activitiesProvide information in order to amplify and highlight the impact of CWHR funded science and programsContribute to the overall financial health of the CWHR Ensure donor intent and the gift agreement requirements are met Monitor spending and provide spending projections as necessaryProvide regular updates on the impact of investments in programming and research on the CWHR focus area in Women’s Mental Health Research on the Anschutz Medical Campus Participate in recruitment and mentorship of trainees and junior faculty in the Department of Psychiatry who are involved in women’s mental health or sex/gender differences research

Relationships to be determined dependent on candidate with both the Department of Psychiatry and Center for Women’s Health Research.


As per the Fund agreement, the holder of the Chair shall be appointed by the director of the Center and will be reviewed and evaluated every five years. At that time, it will be determined by the director of the Center whether the current holder will continue to hold the Chair or if a new faculty member will be appointed.  The Chair will hold their academic appointment in the Department of Psychiatry at the rank of Associate Professor or Professor commiserate with the Chair’s current academic qualifications.


    $2,000,000 Endowment at the CWHR with annual distributions beginning 20xx
    $1,000,000 Current dollars to build the CWHR focus area and establish CWHR/CU leadership in the field in conjunction with the CWHR scientists and staff. Package to be established by Department of Psychiatry to support the development of the Chair and creation of a robust research program focusing on sex and gender differences in mental health and/or neuroscienceEstablished CWHR events, research program, processes, measures, and infrastructure into which the new CWHR mental/physical health program will be integrated.Access to core research services in the Psychiatry Research Innovations program in the Department of PsychiatryOffice/Laboratory space will be supported by the Department of Psychiatry
Please note, this is an open rank position and could be categorized as Associate Professor or Professor based on experience and qualifications as indicated below.

Salary and Benefits:

Associate Professor: The salary range (or hiring range) for this position has been established at $220,000 to $245,000.

Professor: The salary range (or hiring range) for this position has been established at $250,000 to $300,000.

This represents the 25-50 percentile of the salary range which is reflective of a candidate with 1-7 years of experience. The salary of the finalist(s) selected for this role will be set based on a variety of factors, including but not limited to, internal equity, experience, education, specialty and training.

The above salary range represents the University’s good faith and reasonable estimate of the range of possible compensation at the time of posting. 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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Diversity and Equity:

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The University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus is committed to recruiting and supporting a diverse student body, faculty and administrative staff. The university strives to promote a culture of inclusiveness, respect, communication and understanding. We encourage applications from women, ethnic minorities, persons with disabilities and all veterans. The University of Colorado is committed to diversity and equality in education and employment.

Minimum Qualifications:

    MD or DOProven Track Record of funding related to women’s integrated mental and physical health.
Associate Professor: 4-7 years of related clinical and/or research experience at rank or equivalent experience.  Minimum degree qualifications: MD and/or DO

Professor: 7+ years of related clinical and/or research experience at rank or equivalent experience.  Minimum degree qualifications: MD and/or DO

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Evidence of research program development
  • History of working with donors as well as NIH and other funders
  • Previous strategic planning experience
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Outstanding organizational and communication skills
  • Proven ability to grown and lead a team
  • Strong leadership and mentor experience
  • Experience with innovative team management approaches
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing with faculty, staff, students, alumni, industry and the public.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships at all levels throughout the institution.
  • Demonstrated commitment and leadership ability to advance diversity and inclusion.
  • Ability to exercise tact and diplomacy when dealing with stakeholders at all levels.
  • A demonstrated ability to organize and complete complex projects and to work under tight deadlines.
  • A demonstrated ability to manage and respond to support customer needs and requests in a professional, timely manner.
  • Ability to work independently and as a member of a team, handle a fast-paced environment.
  • Ability to multitask and meet deadlines.
  • Ability to problem solve, troubleshoot and think critically
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with clinical faculty and staff in psychiatry.
Applicants must meet minimum qualifications at the time of hire. 

Job Category: Faculty
Primary Location: Aurora
Schedule: Full-time
Posting Date: Jan 21, 2021
Unposting Date: Ongoing




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Posted: 1/23/2021
Application Due: 3/24/2021
Work Type: Full Time