Research Assistant Professor

August 30, 2023

Job Description

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Position Information 

Primary Purpose of Organizational Unit
The UNC School of Medicine has a rich tradition of excellence and care. Our mission is to improve the health and wellbeing of North Carolinians, and others whom we serve. We accomplish this by providing leadership and excellence in the interrelated areas of patient care, education, and research. We strive to promote faculty, staff, and learner development in a diverse, respectful environment where our colleagues demonstrate professionalism, enhance learning, and create personal and professional sustainability. We optimize our partnership with the UNC Health System through close collaboration and commitment to service.
Our vision is to be the nation’s leading public school of medicine. We are ranked 2nd in primary care education among all US schools of medicine and 5th among public peers in NIH research funding. Our Allied Health Department is home to five top-ranked divisions, and we are home to 18 top-ranked clinical and basic science departments in NIH research funding.
Our mission is to improve the health and well-being of North Carolinians and others whom we serve. We accomplish this by providing leadership and excellence in the interrelated areas of patient care, education, and research.
Patient Care: We will promote health and provide superb clinical care while maintaining our strong tradition of reaching underserved populations and reducing health disparities across North Carolina and beyond.
Education: We will prepare tomorrow’s health care professionals and biomedical researchers by facilitating learning within innovative curricula and team-oriented interprofessional education. We will cultivate outstanding teaching and research faculty, and we will recruit outstanding students and trainees from highly diverse backgrounds to create a socially responsible, highly skilled workforce.
Research: We will develop and support a rich array of outstanding health sciences research programs, centers, and resources. We will provide infrastructure and opportunities for collaboration among disciplines throughout and beyond our University to support outstanding research. We will foster programs in the areas of basic, translational, mechanistic, and population research.
Position Summary
The Division of Infectious Diseases Medicine at the UNC School of Medicine is recruiting for an Assistant Professor on the fixed term track. Duties include but are not limited to conducting fundamental research concerning the pathogenesis of human hepatovirus infections, including in particular in vitro studies aimed at elucidating molecular mechanisms underlying the cellular entry, replication and release of infectious virus in permissive cell cultures. The Research Assistant Professor will be responsible for designing and implementing all aspects of an independent research program related to hepatotropic human viruses, including the preparation of applications for financial support from agencies outside the University, the design, execution and interpretation of experiments, and the preparation of manuscripts detailing the results of the research as well as periodic reports to funding agencies. Depending upon his/her available effort after meeting these primary responsibilities, the Research Assistant Professor will support the funded research activities of other faculty members in the division as a collaborator, assuming responsibility for executing specific aspects of ongoing research programs. Secondary responsibilities will include contributing to the routine maintenance of laboratory equipment and occasional supervision and training of postdoctoral fellows, students and/or technicians.
Minimum Education and Experience Requirements
MD degree with board certification in Internal Medicine. Successful demonstration of securing research grants and evidence of scholarly publications. Minimum of 10 years’ experience in Malawi conducting HIV and TB research.
Preferred Qualifications, Competencies, and Experience
Supervisory and/or mentoring and training experience with postdoctoral fellows, students and laboratory staff and/or experience as a TA or RA.
Special Physical/Mental Requirements
Campus Security Authority Responsibilities Not Applicable.
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Department Contact Information 

Department Contact Name and Title Rhonda Nord
Department Contact Telephone or Email
Academic Personnel Office Contact Information
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Equal Opportunity Employer Statement
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.

Applicant Documents

Required Documents 

  1. Curriculum Vitae / Resume
  2. Cover Letter
  3. List of References

Optional Documents

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Do you have a MD degree?
    • Yes
    • No
  2. * Do you have a minimum of 10 years’ experience in Malawi conducting HIV and TB research?
    • Yes
    • No
  3. * Can you provide information related to a successful demonstration of securing research grants and evidence of scholarly publications?
    • Yes
    • No

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