Professor & Director of Neuroscience 2022-1906
Professor & Director of Neuroscience
Category Scientific Research Location : Location
US-NM-Albuquerque Type Full-time Division Lovelace Biomedical Research Institute (LBRI)
We are currently seeking a tenure-eligible Faculty member at the Professor level to join the twenty principal investigators of Lovelace Biomedical Research Institute (LBRI) & New York Medical College (NYMC) to further our collaborative neurosciences program.
The recent joining of LBRI with the Touro University System that includes NYMC has created a unique opportunity to coalesce two strong research programs in neuroscience and a large clinical care practice serving New York's Hudson Valley. LBRI’s Mind Research Network (MRN) has been a leader in research using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) and magnetoencephalography (MEG) for the discovery and advancement of clinical solutions for the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of mental illness and other brain disorders.
Innovative neuroimaging studies at MRN are focused on addressing alcohol use disorder, fetal alcohol syndrome, vascular effects on cognitive impairment in dementia, biomarkers for early detection and prognosis of Parkinson’s, and impact of mild traumatic brain injury on clinical outcomes in children and adults. Clinical brain imaging techniques are being used to understand major mental illnesses, with special focus on criminal psychopathy, and psychotic disorders (i.e., schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, affective disorders). Two state-of-the-art Mind Mobile MRI Systems are used to conduct research and treatment studies with forensic and other difficult-to-reach populations. The Systems have collected brain imaging data from over 3,000 individuals at eight different facilities in two states. This represents the world’s largest forensic neuroscience repository. Factors controlling dopamine function, and reward and traumatic brain injury dysfunction/mitigation are being investigated using rodent models. LBRI with over 120 animal models for research and breeding facilities for genetically engineered mouse models provides a rich environment for collaboration and translation of basic and population research findings to in vivo models. Our well-established pre-clinical investigational drug safety program allows opportunities to extend work into human clinical trials for traumatic brain injury and neurological diseases.
NYMC School of Medicine (SOM) investigators have a long track record in studying the fundamental properties of neurons, dendrites and synaptic transmission, the biology of brain arousal systems, spinal cord and traumatic brain injury, epilepsy, seizure, posttraumatic stress syndrome, and hydrocephalus. Ongoing translational studies address pluripotent stem cell-based therapy of epilepsy, neural mechanisms of ultrasound-induced enhancement of sensory acuity, and astrocyte calcium signaling to effect acute seizure. NYMC's primary clinical affiliate, Westchester Medical Center is the largest clinical site within the WMC Health Network that provides multi-disciplinary neurological care to patients with acute stroke or status epilepticus and chronic conditions such as epilepsy, neuromuscular, neuroimmunological, neurodegenerative, and movement disorders. The clinical neurosciences team offers new opportunities to evaluate emerging therapies, to develop prognostic biomarkers through non-invasive imaging and interrogation of proteins in blood, and for translational studies in psychiatry, neurosurgery, and pediatrics.
The candidate will further our institutions' collaborative neurosciences program by facilitating development of new multi-PI grants/program projects, and investigator-/pharmaceutical-initiated clinical trials. Applicants must demonstrate significant research experience and a record of accomplishment in basic, population, and/or translational clinical neuroscience research. Individuals must demonstrate administrative and leadership skills, as well as strong funding portfolio in neurosciences or related field. LBRI provides state-of-the-art research space/equipment and full administrative support. Competitive institutional support will be provided to expand collaborative research programs across LBRI and NYMC.
Depending on the candidate's interest, LBRI’s affiliation agreement with the University of New Mexico also allows for adjunct faculty appointments for those who are eligible with the possibility for graduate student training and additional clinical collaborations across the Health Sciences and Main Campus Research Programs.
The faculty position requires a Ph.D./M.D., demonstrated experience in management and running an independent neuroscience research laboratory at a similar research or academic organization. The candidate should have an outstanding record of publications and research accomplishments relevant to their focused area(s) of research.
Candidates are required to have a demonstrated history of success obtaining multiple funding awards at the RO1 (or equivalent) level, and success in funding renewals.
As Director of Neuroscience, the candidate is expected to interact with faculty members across LBRI and NYMC including clinical faculty at NYMC's primary affiliate WMC to identify opportunities for collaboration, program development, biomarker studies, and new investigational drug trials. The candidate’s primary laboratory will be located on one of the LBRI campuses, depending on research area of interest, with the opportunity to have additional space at NYMC, if appropriate.
Interested applicants should send a cover letter, curriculum vitae, brief summary of past accomplishments, outline of individual future research plans, and contact information for 3-4 academic referees. All application materials should be sent as a single PDF file through the Institute's website.
Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience, and the starting date is negotiable. LBRI offers competitive salaries, generous retirement contributions, and a comprehensive benefits package.
Relocation, including personal and research laboratory members, will be provided for moving to the Albuquerque area.
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