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Virginia Commonwealth University Health and Function Research Scientist in Richmond, Virginia

School/Unit: School of Medicine

Rank: Open

Department: Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

Purpose of Position:

CERSE’s research efforts target the person-centered needs of people who experience severe impairment and disability associated with neurotrauma. The Health and Function Research Scientist will be responsible for establishing and leading a program of research that develops, refines and evaluates new treatments, diagnostic tools and/or therapy interventions focused on enhancing the health and function outcomes of persons who sustain neurotrauma, with a focus on brain injuries. The Health and Function Research Scientist will coordinate and collaborate with the CERSE Executive Director as well as with PhD researchers, graduate students and residents from numerous disciplines in Medicine, Engineering, Nursing, Allied Health and Education to establish an integrated brain injury research program. Research programs of interest include but are not limited to precision medicine rehabilitation approaches, mobile health, behavioral informatics, bioinformatics, learning health systems, integrative medicine, neurodegeneration, regenerative rehabilitation medicine, applied robotics, brain-computer interfaces, virtual reality, and other assistive technologies. The Health and Function Research Scientist will be expected to develop relationships with local, regional, national and international research programs and be a leader in professional associations with the primary goal of advancing CERSE’s vision and goals. A key aspect of the position is securing funding to sustain the research program. Dual department appointments are available and can be negotiated based on applicant’s specialty area.

Position Responsibilities:


Teach grand rounds or other venues as required by CERSE Executive Director.

Provide mentorship and consultation to faculty and trainees on professional development, research studies and grant applications.


Establish an internally and externally funded health and function brain injury research program and assume clinical, training, and administrative responsibilities necessary for maintaining an effective research program.

Design, develop, and submit grants to public and private funding sources and establish a funding stream.

Initiate and direct research projects relating to brain injury.

Supervise project staff and clinical collaborators on investigator-initiated research projects.

Establish and maintain professional contacts with funding agencies, academic and research institutions, and memberships in professional associations dedicated to brain injury treatment and research.

Ensure all research and clinical reporting requirements for patient safety, progress, and finances are met.

Engage in independently-funded neuroscience, neurotrauma, engineering or rehabilitation research

Successfully collaborate with CERSE colleagues on application and execution of funded research projects

Publish in quality journals at a level consistent with professional history

Work closely with departmental and center administration on successfully completing and successfully submitting grant applications.


Mentor and consult with various community agencies or advocacy groups as requested to improve research and grant expertise in association.

Represent VCU and CERSE at regional, national, and international meetings and conferences

Required Qualifications:

M.D./Ph.D. The position requires a medical or doctoral degree in rehabilitation, nursing, engineering, allied health.professions, psychology, internal medicine, neurology, or other related field. Minimum of three years of independent programmatic, published research. Experience in grant writing skills, including participation on Federal grants. Experience in working in multi-disciplinary research situations. Ability to communicate and work closely with departmental and center staff at all levels. Must be innovative, conscientious, work well with a team, and be committed to improving the lives of persons with disability

Preferred Qualifications:

• Funding history with NIH • Funding history with DVA, NIDDILR, CDMRP, DARPA, or similar Federal funding sources Experience with clinical trials Collaborative research agenda including publications crossing lines of both psychosocial rehabilitation and physical medicine

To be considered for this position please visit our web site and apply on line at the following link: www.vcujobs.com

Virginia Commonwealth University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action institution providing access to education and employment without regard to age, race, color, national origin, gender, religion, sexual orientation, veteran's status, political affiliation or disability.