Assistant Professor - Research

University of Colorado Colorado Springs
Colorado Springs, CO

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The Lyda Hill Institute for Human Resilience at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs (UCCS) is seeking a 0.50 FTE Assistant Professor - Research. Responsibilities will include maintaining a 25% workload writing grants and conducting research as well as a 25% clinical workload providing direct care to clients of the Veterans Health and Trauma Clinic (VHTC). This position is indeterminate in length and dependent on the availability of gift, external grant funding, and clinical services auxiliary funding. This is a non-tenure track appointment and is not eligible for, and cannot lead to, the award of tenure. The position can be virtual for up to 3 years.

The VHTC provides services to survivors of psychological trauma using evidence-based practices in treatment. The target populations are active duty and retired veterans, first responders, family members, trauma survivors, and others who are suffering from symptoms of combat/deployment stress, Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), mood disorders or burnout.  Services may include assessments, individual trauma treatment, group therapy, family therapy, biofeedback, and crisis intervention. The candidate will maintain their VHTC caseload consistent with the requirements of payors, laws, ethical, quality, and contemporary professional standards.

This position has been determined to be exempt from the overtime provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).   

Who We Are:

The Lyda Hill Institute for Human Resilience, established in 2020 with an $8 million challenge grant, is committed to advancing knowledge of human resilience to adversity by designing evidence-based solutions through three primary components, 1) basic and clinical research, 2) healing clinics and innovative models of care, and 3) community and training empowerment. 

The University of Colorado Colorado Springs (UCCS) is one of four campuses in the University of Colorado system and is home to over 9,500 undergraduate and 1,900 graduate students.

Colorado Springs  (pop. 450K+) is situated at the base of Pikes Peak, offers many recreational and cultural activities and was recently ranked by U.S. News & World Report  as one of the top Best Places to Live in the U.S.

Job Duties: 

The duties and responsibilities of the position include, but are not limited to:

  • Obtain grant funding as a Principle Investigator
  • Publish original research in high-quality scientific journals
  • Research mentorship (graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, junior faculty, research staff)
  • Peer-review (journal manuscripts, local/national grant review panels)
  • Develop an independent and innovative research agenda in areas that complement those of existing Lyda Hill Institute faculty and affiliates
  • Foster new research and academic partnerships for the Lyda Hill Institute.
  • Provide direct clinical services to veterans, first responders, trauma survivors and their families using evidenced-based practices in treatment.
  • Deliver and document services according to the policies of the clinic in a timely manner using the systems available (such as Electronic Medical Records and Scheduling).
  • Participate in team meetings, staffings, and clinical consultations.
  • Ensure compliance with clinical research protocols and overall clinical services research objectives.
Job Competencies: 

To be successful in this position, candidates will need the following:

  • Strong research background in trauma psychology
  • Must be able to work cooperatively with all constituencies in the Lyda Hill Institute for Human Resilience, Program Directors, and coordination staff.
  • Should be comfortable with program development and with public speaking.
  • 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 with employees at all levels throughout the institution. 
  • Demonstrated commitment and leadership ability to advance diversity and inclusion. 
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with a diverse population of faculty, staff and students. 
  • Extensive knowledge about work related stress and burnout challenges and related issues facing frontline providers, first responders, military, and healthcare professionals including common psychological disorders (i.e., PTSD, substance abuse and dependence, suicide risks, major depression, anxiety disorders), trauma specific challenges including acute stress responses, and primary trauma outcomes including family violence, and anger issues.Training and experience with Department of Defense clinical guidelines and the recommended evidence-based treatments.
What We Offer:

Salary Range: Generally starting at  $36,000 - $49,926 annually for a 0.50 FTE (12-month salary)

This position is dependent on the availability of gift, external grant funding, and clinical services auxiliary funding.

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 University of Colorado offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid vacation and time off, and a tuition benefit. Information on university benefits programs, including eligibility, is located at Total compensation goes beyond the value on the paycheck.  Please consider reviewing the Total Compensation page at Total Compensation Calculators | University of Colorado.

Tentative Search Timeline:

  • The priority date for applications is September 21st, 2021. 
  • The potential dates for interviews with the search committee and the appointing authority will be will the week of September 27th, 2021.
  • The potential employee start date is mid-October.
The University of Colorado Colorado Springs is committed to providing a safe and productive learning, living and working community. To assist in achieving this goal, we conduct background investigations for all prospective applicants being considered for employment. Background investigations include a criminal history record check, and when appropriate, a financial and/or motor vehicle history check. 

UCCS is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. In compliance with applicable laws and in furtherance of its commitment to fostering an environment that welcomes and embraces diversity, the University of Colorado does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, disability, age, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, political affiliation or political philosophy in its programs or activities, including employment, admissions, and educational programs. Alternative formats of this ad can be provided upon request for individuals with disabilities by contacting the Office of Human Resources at (719) 255-3372.

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each of the established essential functions and meet the physical and environment demands described satisfactorily. The requirements listed are representative of the knowledge, skill, ability, physical and environmental conditions required of the employee on the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions, physical and environmental demands.

Applicants with disabilities: If you have a mental or physical impairment, which limits one of your major life activities (e.g. walking, hearing, seeing, speaking, breathing, or learning) and require special accommodations for testing or interviewing, it is your responsibility to notify the office scheduling the interview or test at least 3 working days before the interview or test date.  If you need special accommodations at the work site, you must notify the appointing authority or Human Resources.

The Immigration Reform and Control Act requires that verification of employment eligibility be documented for all new employees by the end of the third day of work.

    Minimum Qualifications:

    • Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from an APA accredited program
    • Minimum of 3 years of research experience within Trauma Psychology
    • A demonstrated history of securing external relevant trauma and resilience research funding as demonstrated in your CV
    • License eligible in Colorado as Psychologist
    • Minimum of 3 years clinical experience utilizing evidence-based treatments for trauma survivors
    • Experience with team-based research that promotes an inclusive environment as demonstrated in your CV
    Physical Requirements:
    While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to sit. Employee is occasionally required to move. Tasks may involve looking at computer screen continuously for long periods of time. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 20 pounds.

    Job Category: Faculty
    Primary Location: Colorado Springs
    Schedule: Part-time
    Posting Date: Sep 7, 2021
    Unposting Date: Ongoing

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