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Position Title: Co-Director, Equitable TRanslational science to Accelerate Impact of New innovations (E-TRAIN) T32 Training Program

Position Title: Co-Director, Equitable TRanslational science to Accelerate Impact of New innovations (E-TRAIN) T32 Training Program
Maximum Percent Effort: 10% at the NIH FY23 Salary Cap ($212,100)
Anticipated Start Date: September 1, 2024
Staff Support: NUCATS Center for Education and Career Development Coordinator (staff member)

Program Overview

The Equitable TRanslational science to Accelerate Impact of New innovations (E-TRAIN) T32 postdoctoral training program aims to prepare postdoctoral scientists for careers accelerating translation of a clinical innovation from discovery toward (or to) implementation. The program adds a wrap-around curriculum on translational science to enhance and complement each Scholar’s individually mentored, domain specific research project. Historically, this training program has focused on collaborations between pediatrics and engineering in order to encourage creative thinking and new approaches in child health research. It is now expanding to accelerate innovations to impact on health at any point across the entire lifespan. This 2-year program will expand domain expertise through mentored research and also develop foundational skills in principles and practice of translational science. The E-TRAIN curriculum emphasizes equitable and anti-racist study design, interdisciplinary team science, human-centered design principles and implementation science to accelerate the development, demonstration, and dissemination of new innovations to impact on human health.

Summary of Role

Summary of Role: The Co-Director plays a pivotal role in overseeing the comprehensive postdoctoral training program focused on advancing competencies in translational science as well as a biomedical or public health research domain. Alongside T32 MPI,Susanna McColley, MD, they will implement a trainee-centric approach, incorporating aspects of translational science training relevant for each Scholar’s mentored research project and integrating implementation science across all stages of translation. Additionally, they will lead design and delivery of seminars and activities equipping trainees with essential knowledge, skills, and abilities spanning the entire translational science spectrum, while also fostering work-life integration, wellness, and reflective practices for resilience and retention in the field.

Key Responsibilities

  • Develop and implement curriculum content and learning activities aligned with program objectives.
  • Integrate equitable and anti-racist study design principles into all aspects of the training program.
  • Facilitate co-mentoring relationships and provide trainee-centric coaching.
  • Collaborate with faculty from various disciplines to provide multidisciplinary mentoring.
  • Emphasize inclusive excellence and diverse perspectives in all program elements.
  • Oversee the development of strong communication skills among trainees.
  • Plan and execute seminars and activities to enhance trainees' knowledge and skills in translational research.
  • Ensure work-life integration, wellness, and resilience-building initiatives for trainees.
  • Collaborate with program leadership to evaluate and improve program effectiveness.
  • Contribute to the preparation of grant proposals and progress reports as needed.

Preferred Qualifications

The ideal candidate will have an accomplished, independent pre-clinical research portfolio and hold the rank of associate professor or professor.

This position reports to the NUCATS multiple principal investigator team. Interested faculty members should contact Niki Woitowich, PhD, for more information, and may request a pre-application informational meeting. Please submit a letter of interest and a current CV to Woitowich. Please indicate which of the two positions is of interest to you.

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