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Job Opportunity: Assistant or Associate Professor (Research scientist, non-tenure pathway), Asthma Research Program Director, Center for Asthma Research, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, TN

Posted by on Tuesday, July 6, 2021 in Job Opportunities .

Assistant or Associate Professor (Research scientist, non-tenure pathway)

Asthma Research Program Director

Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, TN

Center for Asthma Research

The Center for Asthma Research at Vanderbilt University Medical Center invites applications for an Assistant or Associate Professor on the non-tenure track for the role of Research Program Director. We are seeking an experienced individual with training , experience and interest in pediatric and/or adult epidemiologic or clinical studies. The individual should ideally have experience in broad aspects of human studies, data management, translational studies and multi-site investigations. Experience in asthma or allergic disease studies would be helpful, although not essential. The individual in this role will a) direct the coordination of research projects within a dynamic, extramurally-funded clinical and epidemiologic research program focused on asthma prevention within the supportive infrastructure of the Center for Asthma Research, b) assist in writing and developing grant proposals and manuscripts, c) aide in coordinating collaborative interactions with basic and clinical co-investigators.



  • Background and training in biomedical research involving human studies, clinical trials or epidemiologic investigations
  • Experience and knowledge in the design, implementation, management, oversight and analyses of human studies is essential
  • PhD, MD, or MD/MPH or equivalent degree


Qualifications/Skills and Attributes:

  • Strong knowledge of biostatistics, data management, and ability to understand and organize complex data
  • Excellent writing skills, including experience in grant and/or manuscript development
  • Outstanding organizational skills with ability to remain goal-oriented and keep investigative team on track
  • Proactive and flexible demeanor with ability to effectively work in a team environment and get things done.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, with demonstrated ability to effectively collaborate.


Competitive salary will be provided. Vanderbilt University is one of America’s premier private universities and ranked Fortune’s “100 Best Companies to Work For,” and Nashville, Tennessee is among Business Week’s top 15 “America’s Best Cities”.

The application packet should include: (1) cover letter, (2) curriculum vitae, (3) letter outlining current research focus and relevant experience, and the names and complete contact information for three potential referees. Please submit inquiries or an application to Linda Gove (, referencing Faculty Research Program Director.  The search team will begin considering applications immediately and continue until the position is filled.


Vanderbilt is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer.


Other information that may be needed for posting

POSITION SHIFT: Day Shift/Exempt Position

Vanderbilt University Medical Center: Located in Nashville, Tennessee, operates at a global crossroads of teaching, discovery and patient care, VUMC is a community of individuals who come to work each day with the simple aim of changing the world.

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  • Independently oversee research projects
  • Supervise and implement research projects
  • Assist with developing highly complex protocol(s); define data collection, evaluation and analysis procedures
  • Exercise discretion and independent judgment in the development of research methods and protocols along with a multi-disciplinary team and center infrastructure
  • Supervise set-up and operation of clinical studies and scientific experiments involving both internal and external collaborators
  • Contribute to research so as to merit serving as author or co-author on research publications, etc.
  • Assist principal investigator in writing and editing research grants and manuscripts
  • Present research findings as needed
  • Responsible for plan and coordination of literature and library searches and data collection programs
  • Develop and interpret reports of results, graphs, charts, tables, etc. of research findings
  • Supervise writing, reviewing and editing of various materials for publication
  • Participate in screening and hiring process of new personnel
  • Provide supervisory responsibility to some staff and mentor and teach graduate students and post-doctoral fellows in developing their projects and on specific techniques and protocols.
  • Assistance with budget development for grant applications and participate in review of post-award grant spending with administrative team
  • Make recommendations to principal investigator regarding staffing, supplies and equipment needs for research projects
  • Develop conference call agendas and slide decks
  • Maintain open communication between Center members and internal and external collaborators
  • Open contact as needed with principal investigator, collaborating professionals, Purchasing,
  • Contact as required with sponsoring agencies and/or cooperating facilities (e.g. V.A.), collaborating professionals and vendors


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