Associate Prof/Professor, Director, Autism Research Program

United States, North America
Jul 23, 2014
Position Type
Tenured & Tenure-Track

Michigan State University has been working to advance the common good with uncommon will for more than 150 years. One of the top research universities in the world, MSU focuses its vast resources and collaborative power on creating solutions to some of the worlds most pressing challenges, while providing life-changing opportunities to a vibrant and diverse community of students and scholars, athletes and artists, scientists and leaders.

Position Information

Posting Number: 9826

Internal Posting Date: 07-22-2014

Internal Closing Date: Open Until Filled

External Closing Date: Open Until Filled

Review of Applications begins on: 10-02-2014

Job Title: Associate Prof/Professor

Position Title/Rank: Director, Autism Research Program

Multiple Position Numbers

Multiple Position Numbers No

Major Administrative Unit/College: College of Human Medicine

Primary Department: 10022641 PEDIATRICS & HUMAN DEVELOPMENT - CHM

Position Employee Group: Tenure System Faculty-FAS

Appointment Basis: Annual Year, 12 months

Appointment Status: Tenure System Faculty

Employment %: 100


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Position Summary: The Department of Pediatrics and Human Development in the College of Human Medicine at Michigan State University is seeking a leader to develop and oversee an outstanding, interdisciplinary, nationally prominent research program in pediatric autism and related neurodevelopmental disorders. The research program will seek to identify the causes and genetic and environmental risk factors for autism and related disorders. It will emphasize early recognition of autism and related disorders, since early detection will likely be required for improved interventions to prevent, ameliorate and treat these conditions. An important focus of the program's research effort will be on genomic, epigenomic and transcriptomic factors in the development and severity of autism. A robust partnership with families, schools, providers and communities will be essential.

The program director will participate in recruitment of two additional investigators, one of whom should be a neurodevelopmental pediatrician. Thus documented strength in mentoring and development of young faculty to achieve their academic goals is essential. The research program will be developed in concert with ongoing and planned research in autism and related disorders at MSU taking place in at least five colleges and ten departments. The program director will work closely with the Chair of the Department of Pediatrics and Human Development to co-recruit faculty with other partnering departments and colleges in the university. The Program Director will encourage and facilitate collaborative research activities by program faculty across the entire MSU campus, and with community stakeholders, including pediatric colleagues in Lansing (Sparrow Hospital), Grand Rapids (Helen DeVos Children's Hospital), and Flint (Hurley Children's Hospital).

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Successful candidates must hold a doctoral degree and should be eligible for appointment as Associate Professor or Professor of Pediatrics in the tenure system at Michigan State University. A well-developed research program and a strong track record of extramural funding are essential. Board certification in Pediatrics is not required, but will be viewed as an asset.

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Required Applicant Documents: Resume/CV
Cover Letter
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Research Funding

Optional Applicant Documents: Other Document 2
Other Document 3

Number of Reference Letters Required: See Special Instructions

Special Instructions to Applicants: Review of applications will begin on October 2, 2014 and continue until the position is filled.

Please attach a letter of application including a personal statement, curriculum vitae, and history of research funding, as well as contact information (address, e-mail and phone) for three potential references who will not be contacted without notice to the applicant. The personal statement should indicate, among other things, how this opportunity aligns with the applicant's current research emphases and career aspirations.

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Name/Title/Email Address of Search Committee Chair: Nigel Paneth/University Distinguished Professor/

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Union Affiliation Non Union