Vice-Chair for Research in Psychiatry and Neurobehavioral Sciences

Vice Chair of Research in Psychiatry and Neurobehavioral Sciences

Position: Vice-Chair for Research in Psychiatry and Neurobehavioral Sciences 
Location: Charlottesville, VA
Status: Full-time
Company: University of Virginia School of Medicine
Specialty: Psychiatry; Research
 Competitive Salary; Generous Benefits Package; Relocation Assistance

Vice-Chair for Research Description

The Department of Psychiatry and Neurobehavioral Sciences at the University of Virginia (UVA) School of Medicine is seeking a Vice-Chair for Research to provide oversight, leadership, and guidance in all aspects of the research enterprise in the Department. Reporting directly to the Department Chair of Psychiatry, the successful candidate will be a full-time, tenure-track faculty member at the rank of Associate Professor/Full Professor and will be a core part of the growing commitment to clinical excellence, teaching, scholarship, and translational research within the UVA Department of Psychiatry and Neurobehavioral Sciences.

Established by Thomas Jefferson in 1819, the University of Virginia School of Medicine is now ranked 9th in the nation among state-assisted medical schools and consistently attracts the nation’s brightest students and most distinguished faculty members. Awarded millions of dollars in funding each year, UVA’s cutting-edge research programa are built on innovation and collaboration, bringing together basic and clinical scientists and spanning disciplines to pioneer the treatments and cures of tomorrow.

As the Vice-Chair for Research, the successful candidate will have the opportunity to build and maintain the research programs within UVA Health Medical Center. UVA’s experienced faculty members are leaders in the mental health field from diverse backgrounds and skills. Faculty are actively engaged in clinical practice as well as teaching, and are uniquely dedicated to the concept of education in medicine. Many are researchers and have made significant contributions to the profession and the scientific understanding of psychiatric conditions.

In addition to excellent clinical services, including inpatient adult psychiatry, outpatient child, adolescent, and adult psychiatry, and outpatient psychotherapy, the Department of Psychiatry and Neurobehavioral Sciences is integrated into a number of other Medical Center departments, including the Cancer Center, Neurology, and Family Medicine. The Department has also expanded its services to more rural, underserved areas of Virginia through Telepsychiatry.

Key Duties & Responsibilities:

  • The Vice-Chair for Research will lead the pursuit of innovation and excellence in all research activities in the Department of Psychiatry, provide visionary oversight of departmental research programs, and collaborate with departmental faculty in associated Centers and Institutes.
  • The Vice-Chair for Research will report directly to the Chair. The Vice Chair will provide recommendations to the Chair regarding directions for new research programs; development and implementation of a strategic plan for research; on recruitment of new faculty; and on mechanisms for funding the research infrastructure. Issues of immediate concern related to the research programs will be reported to the Chair.
  • Mentorship/Educational curricula: Establish, monitor, and provide direct research mentorship in research development programs for psychiatry faculty and residents including clinical research trials, and specialty research in child psychiatry, telepsychiatry, and addictions; promote research opportunities; organize and advance intra-and interdepartmental, interdisciplinary, and intercollegiate research efforts; participate in the professional development of all research faculty; and provide assessment of individual faculty research and funding as part of the annual faculty evaluation process.
  • Administrative responsibilities include: Measure progress through yearly goals and an annual report to the Chair; work with Grant Administrator and finance team to prepare a budget for departmental research programs; manage research operations including creating a guide for acquisition and allocation of space and shared equipment; direct the process of new research faculty recruitment; develop and communicate approved departmental policies and practices related to the research missions; oversight of research regulatory compliance; assessment of new research program proposals and evaluation of existing programs; and participate in relevant and appropriate committees in the Department of Psychiatry, School of Medicine, Health System, and cross-Grounds. The Vice-Chair for Research will work with the Grants Administrator to oversee, analyze, and if needed, develop recommendations for departmental infrastructure required for effective pre- and post-grant accounting and administration, and for streamlined proposal development.
  • Submit grant proposals and maintain external funding to support >50% of the salary of the Vice-Chair for Research.
  • Rotate as clinical attending on assigned resident services, provide care to individual patients, and take assigned call.

Salary and academic rank for this position will be commensurate with the applicant’s experience and academic background. UVA offers generous compensation and benefits packages.

How Do You Qualify?:

  • A Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) degree or equivalent.
  • Current Board Certification in General Psychiatry.
  • Unrestricted Commonwealth of Virginia Medical License (current or eligible).

Professional Qualifications/Experience

  • Five (5) years’ experience conducting extensive research in serious mental illness is required.
  • Five (5) years’ experience as a practicing Psychiatry Physician.
  • Demonstrated extensive research and research program development and leadership experience.
  • History of successful local, national, and international research collaborations.
  • Demonstrated success in mentoring early career scientists as evidenced by an outstanding record of publication.

Discover Charlottesville, VA

University of Virginia Medical Center is located in picturesque Charlottesville, Virginia. This mid-sized city in the rolling foothills of the historic Blue Ridge Mountains offers many of the cultural, educational, and professional advantages of a large metropolitan area.

The Blue Ridge Parkway, Skyline Drive, and ski resorts are approximately one-half hour by car to the West; Virginia Beach, three hours to the Southeast; and Washington, D.C., two hours to the Northeast. The focal point of the city is the University of Virginia, which was founded by Thomas Jefferson. The area is rich in history and popular tourist spots include Monticello (Thomas Jefferson’s home), Ash Lawn-Highland (James Monroe’s home), and nearby Montpelier (James Madison’s home).

Money magazine has named Charlottesville among the top cities in the United States; Outside magazine listed it as one of their “dream towns,” and Charlottesville has been lauded as one of the top cities for charming atmosphere, book lovers, wine enthusiasts, college football, as well as one of the healthiest cities.

Application Instructions:

For confidential consideration or to refer a qualified candidate, those interested contact:
Kurt Voelker 
Executive Search Consultant
Kaye/Bassman International Corp.
Phone: (972)265-5306 – Direct

Kaye/Bassman has been retained to provide executive search services for UVA. The University of Virginia, including the UVA Health System and the University Physician’s Group are fundamentally committed to the diversity of our faculty and staff. We believe diversity is excellence expressing itself through every person’s perspectives and lived experiences. We are equal opportunity and affirmative action employers. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender identity, marital status, national or ethnic origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, veteran status, and family medical or genetic information.