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Research Faculty & Deputy Director of the UNC Tobacco Prevention and Evaluation Program

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, NC
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Position Type:

Permanent Faculty

Working Title:

Research Faculty & Deputy Director of the UNC Tobacco Prevention and Evaluation Program

Appointment Type:

Tenured/Tenure Track

Salary Range:

Dependent on Qualifications and Experience


Full Time



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Position Summary:

The Department of Family Medicine at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, a national leader in innovative clinical care and teaching, is seeking to fill a tenure track research faculty role who will serve as the Deputy Director of the UNC Tobacco Prevention and Evaluation Program. For over 15 years the UNC Tobacco Prevention and Evaluation Program has focused on state-based and Federal evaluations of tobacco control policies. This position will expand the Department’s international work implementing innovative work on eye-tracking research and nutrition and tobacco policy implementation. In addition, this role will conduct interdisciplinary research in behavioral health, primary care, health services research, health policy, health workforce research, value-based care and population health.

We seek candidates who will join the department’s growing research team to enhance care for vulnerable and underserved populations and to influence policy decisions related to primary care practice. Successful candidates will demonstrate the capacity for high-quality research, teaching, and leadership, and will be expected to publish in top-tier academic/medical journals. Securing grant funding is expected. The selected candidate will also hold a secondary appointment in the School of Public Health where they would work with doctoral students and postdoctoral students.

The mission of the Department of Family Medicine is to promote the health of the people of North Carolina and the nation through leadership and innovation in clinical practice, medical education, research and community service. We have a special commitment to the underserved, mothers and children, individuals with behavioral health needs, the elderly and other populations at risk in a time of rapid changes in the organization of health care. Learn more about the Department of Family Medicine at: The UNC Department of Family Medicine is committed to building a culturally diverse faculty and strongly encourages applications from minority candidates. Faculty rank and salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience. The Department prefers full-time positions, but is willing to negotiate to no less than .75 FTE (full time equivalent). This role will be an integral part of our growing research team. Specific responsibilities will include, but are not limited to, the following:

• Research: This position will generate extramural funding, produce 2-4 research manuscripts annually, disseminate research through presentations and publications at the national, local and state level, and participate in the department’s vibrant scholarly environment. The position will teach and mentor a variety of learners, collaborating with others within and external to the department on research proposals, and in other ways helping the department continue our national leadership.

• Leadership & Administration: This position will serve as the Deputy Director of the UNC Tobacco Prevention and Evaluation Program with responsibilities for expanding the program’s research portfolio and will expand the Department’s international work implementing innovative work on eye-tracking research and nutrition and tobacco policy implementation. The Deputy Director will assist the Director in leading recruitment of investigators, providing peer feedback on scholarship, writing grants, producing manuscripts and policy documents and acting in the Director’s stead when required for external and internal meetings.

• Teaching & Education: Like all other faculty in the department, this position will be expected to fulfill the institutions’ teaching mission, teaching and mentoring various learners, fellows and faculty including in research methods. In addition, this role will hold a secondary appointment in the School of Public Health to facilitate multidisciplinary research and would work with doctoral and postdoctoral students. This position will mentor junior and mid-career faculty.

• 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. Research faculty are encouraged to engage in community outreach and attend professional events as appropriate, to assist with program development and building professional relationships.

Educational Requirements:

PhD in Health Services related field with the completion of one or more post-doctoral fellowships or an MD/DO with an MPH or PhD. Research training in health services research, quantitative and qualitative methods, evaluation of health care interventions, behavioral health, public health, health policy, population health, or a closely related field.

Qualifications and Experience:

This position is envisioned for an experienced researcher interested in working within a vibrant, nationally prominent research department that is rapidly gaining greater excellence and impact. Preference will be given to candidates who have: a.) a record of ongoing extramural funding, including current funding as a principal investigator; b.) a consistent track record of publication in top tier peer-reviewed journals; c.) a well-defined research focus with preference given to research in behavioral health, primary care, health services research, health policy, health workforce research, value-based care and population health; d.) strong quantitative methods training; and e.) potential to collaborate with one or more existing Departmental research faculty to strengthen current lines of research. Candidates must have previous experience in nutrition and tobacco control researcher with expertise in eye-tracking research.

Equal Opportunity Employer:

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, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or status as a protected veteran.


The nation’s first public university is at the heart of what’s next, preparing a diverse student body to become creators, explorers, innovators and leaders in North Carolina and throughout the world. Carolina’s nationally recognized, innovative teaching, campus-wide spirit of inquiry and dedication to public service continue the legacy that began in 1795 when the University first opened its doors to students.

Here, in one of America's most beautiful college settings, we offer exceptional careers in richly diverse fields. Come explore what UNC-Chapel Hill has to offer you.

Undergraduate Enrollment: 19,117

Graduate/Professional Enrollment: 10,894

Total Student Enrollment: 30,011

Founded: 1789, as the first state university in the United States

Type of Institution: Public, four-year

Undergraduate Admission: 15,961

Graduate/Professional Enrollment: 10,039

Total Student Enrollment: 26,000

Faculty: 3,000

Percentage of faculty who hold Ph.D.s or the highest degrees in their field: 94 percent

Faculty/student ratio: 1/14

Location: UNC is located in the heart of Chapel Hill, the best college town in America! It's a friendly town of about 40,000 in the geographical center of North Carolina. Chapel Hill is at the western point of the Research Triangle, an area of about one million people, comprised of Chapel Hill, the cities of Durham and Raleigh, and the Research Triangle Park, home of many corporate offices and scientific research centers. Carolina is about 30 miles from the state capital, Raleigh, and 20 minutes from Raleigh-Durham International Airport.

Chapel Hill's main street, Franklin Street, borders the campus and offers shops, coffee houses, cafés, movie theaters and houses of worship. The town has a historic district, museum, library, parks, malls, and many recreational facilities.

Origins of Carolina's students: 82 percent of UNC's freshmen are from North Carolina and 18 percent are from out-of-state. Our students come from 42 different states and our international students represent 37 countries.

Size of freshman class: Approximately 3,400

Class size: Barely five percent of undergraduate classes contain more than 100 students; two-thirds of undergraduate classes have fewer than 30 students. Forty-one percent have fewer than 20 students, including First Year Seminars, in which first-year students work closely with professors.

Sports and athletic programs: UNC is an NCAA Division I school with 28 varsity teams. Carolina is the proud home of the Dean Smith Center, Kenan Stadium, Carmichael Auditorium, Koury Natatorium, and many other fine athletic facilities. Students join more than 60 intramural and club sports, which include baseball, bowling, crew, golf, lacrosse, rock climbing, rugby, tae kwon do, and ultimate frisbee. The Student Recreation Center offers weight training, aerobics, stair machines, and all the equipment you would expect to find at a great health club! Carolina offers a newly renovated outdoor pool and indoor pools, a golf course, tennis courts, and the longest zipline in America!

Number of residence halls: Incoming undergraduates will live in one of Carolina's 29 residence halls, which are wired for Internet access and cable television.

Scholarships and financial aid: About 40 percent of UNC-Chapel Hill students receive scholarships and/or some form of financial aid.

Special research institutes: Institute for Research in Social Science, Institute of Outdoor Drama, Morehead Planetarium, Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise, Institute of Government, Institute of African American Research.

Career services: On-campus counseling, job fairs, résumé writing service, internships, placement services.

Technological facilities: Students find multiple uses for Carolina's state-of-the-art technological resources. They can access Carolina's computer services through Academic Technology and Networks, which manages academic computing, e-mail, microcomputing labs, interactive media presentation, video and classroom support, and a help desk. The MetaLab oversees the development of SunSITE, one of the world's busiest digital library and electronic publishing projects.

Students may open e-mail accounts, and many use campus computer resources to construct personal Web pages. Students in residence halls have hardwired network connections to the Internet and cable television in their rooms. At the ATN Training center, students may take classes on software packages and utilities. Computer labs are available for student use all over campus.

Carolina Computing Initiative: Beginning with the freshman class of 2000, undergraduates must purchase laptop computers. The University has arranged for IBM to offer computers at excellent prices. Students, faculty, and staff will enjoy cost savings, higher quality compatible equipment, and better technical support through CCI.

The Study Abroad program allows students to live and learn in Europe, the Middle East, Asia and the Pacific Rim, Africa, and the Americas.

The Honors Program offers special seminars, research programs, and the chance to design your own independent studies.

Carolina students spend time in public service through student organizations, the Campus Y, the Carolina Center for Public Service, and courses that incorporate community service.

UNC's chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, a national collegiate honor society, is the oldest in North Carolina, dating from 1904. There are many other honorary societies at Carolina.

UNC offers ROTC programs in all branches of national military service.

Through the First Year Seminars program, first year students will understand what it means to study at a premier research university. They will learn from faculty members and share in their research in seminars of no more than 20 students.

Life outside the classroom: More than 370 clubs, teams, and student organizations offer something for everyone! You can choose from among musical and dramatic performing groups, publications, ethnic and religious clubs, the Campus Y and other service organizations, fraternities and sororities, and pre- professional organizations. Whatever your interests, you will find others at Carolina who share them!

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