Job Description

Open Rank of Pediatrics Prevention and Population Sciences Research

Posting Numberreq11544
Employment TypeFaculty
Faculty TypeResearch
Hiring DepartmentPeds Prvn and Population Sciences (997E)
Academic LocationSchool of Medicine
Benefits EligibleThe University of New Mexico provides a comprehensive package of benefits including medical, dental, vision, and life insurance. In addition, UNM offers educational benefits through the tuition remission and dependent education programs. See the Benefits home page for more information.
Position Summary

The University of New Mexico Prevention Research Center (PRC) invites applications for an assistant or associate professor, research track position, to lead nutrition, physical activity, obesity prevention, and healthy eating research and programming efforts, to begin immediately. It is expected that the successful candidate will expand the research portfolio of the Center in the some of the areas listed above.

The UNM PRC is one of 25 PRCs in a network of academic research centers funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The centers, located in 21 states, study how people and their communities can avoid or counter the risks for chronic illnesses, such as heart disease, obesity, and cancer. As leaders in translating research results into policy and public health practice, the centers work in partnership with communities to develop, evaluate, and implement major community changes that can prevent and control chronic disease. They identify gaps in research and develop innovative approaches to improving public health that can be shared broadly with public health practitioners and community partners.

The UNM PRC, continuously funded since 1995, currently has 25 projects sponsored by a variety of national and state agencies and foundations. We conduct our research in partnership with communities throughout the state of New Mexico. We seek an applicant who can provide leadership in sustaining and expanding the ongoing robust and exciting research of the Center, especially in the areas related to nutrition, healthy eating, physical activity, and obesity prevention. Among other responsibilities, the successful candidate will assume leadership of the Child Health Initiative for Lifelong Eating and Exercise (CHILE Plus), a program originally developed and tested at the PRC with funding from the NIH NIDDK. CHILE Plus, an updated version of the original, is now being disseminated and implemented with SNAP-Ed funding. The successful applicant will also have an opportunity to collaborate with colleagues that implement Eat Smart to Play Hard, a social marketing project focused on healthy eating and physical activity in school children. Both of these projects use a socioecological, multilevel approach that emphasizes the role of community and families. The USDA SNAP Ed Program funds both projects.

Another important role of this position is to mentor staff and students in nutrition, healthy eating, physical activity, obesity prevention, and community-engaged prevention research. In performing the duties for this position the successful candidate will practice their knowledge of various frameworks for translating research as well as using dissemination and implementation science. They are expected to use their training and experience using mixed methods.

This position is subject to criminal records screening in accordance with New Mexico law and clearance by the New Mexico Department of Health is required as a condition of employment.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • An earned doctorate (PhD., Dr.PH, ScD, MD or equivalent) in public health, nutrition, or other relevant discipline
  • Demonstrated experience in leadership, research, mentoring, and writing successful grant applications in prevention research specifically in nutrition, physical activity, healthy eating or related area
  • Authorized to work in the United States

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Three years of demonstrated administrative and leadership experience in an academic institution
  • Three years of experience leading/managing a research project
  • Demonstrated commitment to scholarship with a record of research and publication in a discipline of public health
  • A commitment to and experience with diverse communities by race/ethnicity/ geography/culture
  • A record of obtaining external funding as principal investigators or co-investigators
Application InstructionsA complete application must contain a CV, cover letter addressing your experience with the Preferred Qualifications, copy of a recent manuscript that exemplifies your work, five (5) reference letters.
For Best ConsiderationFor best consideration, please apply by 1/16/2020. This position will remain open until filled.

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