Bureau of Child Research
The Kansas Center for Autism Research and Training (K-CART) of the Life Span Institute Assistant Research Professor is expected to develop and maintain an independent research program in line with our Center’s missions of advancing knowledge of the causes, development and treatment of individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) or related neurodevelopmental disorders. This program of research also is expected to focus on key questions that relate to the priorities of federal and private funding agencies, including but not restricted to NIH (e.g., NIMH, NICHD, NINDS), IES, Autism Speaks and the Autism Science Foundation. Examples of relevant research content areas include development of cognitive processes associated with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), characterization of social development in Fragile X Syndrome, brain-behavior linkages in rare disorders associated with ASD, and treatment development for minimally verbal children with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). Research Professors are expected to conduct research that bridges multiple disciplines including basic and clinical neurosciences, developmental psychology, clinical psychology, occupational therapy, movement sciences, and speech-language and hearing sciences. Research programs are expected to be sustainable through both external and internal funding supports. Collaboration with local and external scientists is encouraged. Involvement of trainees in the research process at undergraduate, graduate, or postdoctoral levels also is encouraged.
STARTING DATE: Exact starting date negotiable.
SALARY, EMPLOYMENT STATUS, AND FRINGE BENEFITS: Starting salary negotiable depending on qualifications. Full-time, permanent position with 12-month appointment to faculty-equivalent staff at The University of Kansas, subject to annual review. Benefits include university staff privileges; sabbatical eligibility; 22 days vacation leave, 12 days sick leave, and 9 holidays annually; group medical, life insurance, and retirement program options.
60% - Research Grant Development
Lead development of grant proposals to support research activities relevant to the mission of the Kansas Center for Autism Research and Training (K-CART), including preparation of all required elements for federal or other grant applications.
- Develop research questions and other narrative components
- Work with staff statisticians to select appropriate research designs and statistical techniques, prepare methods and analysis plans
- Establish research partnerships to solicit letters of support as required
- Coordinate input from resource teams within the KU Life Span Institute (project development, finance and planning, communication) during grant preparation
- Strengthen existing research partnerships within LSI and with other KU units and build new relationships with community partners to support development of cooperative grant applications
Contribute to the implementation of existing, funded research projects in the area of brain development in autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and related neurodevelopmental disorders (NDDs).
- Conduct and/or guide the analyses of data from research projects related to sensorimotor, cognitive and neurophysiological processes in ASD and related NDDs
- Supervise the work of professional staff and students supporting research project goals
- Oversee IRB approval and maintenance when appropriate and ensure that research integrity policies are followed for all research involving human subjects
- Prepare and submit progress reports to federal and other funding agencies
- Write technical reports, peer-reviewed journal articles, or other manuscripts related to research project activities and analyses
- Disseminate and present findings and research activities at local, state, and national meetings and conferences
Provide service to the profession, university, and community
- Participate in at least one professional association as a member and in association operations
- Provide service to the field as a reviewer of research publications, and consultant for government agencies and foundations and other funding agencies
- Participate in K-CART Leadership Team meetings and events
- Support K-CART efforts in the areas of program development, K-CART research enhancement, and promotion of K-CART initiatives to investigators and the K-CART community
Evaluation of the following requirements will be made through (1) record of accomplishments in resume/curriculum vitae, (2) descriptions of research and educational experiences in cover letter, (3) information from professional references.
1. Ph.D. in Neuroscience, Psychology or related field.
2. Experience in neurodevelopmental disorders research as evidenced by application materials.
3. Demonstrated experience applying clinical/translational methods in studies of neurodevelopmental disorders as evidenced by application materials.
4. Experience that demonstrates ability to lead and develop/implement an independent research program focused on the research missions of relevant NIH funding agencies (e.g., NIMH, NICHD) as evidenced by application materials.
5. Record of high-quality written and oral presentations, including peer-reviewed publications.
6. Experience that demonstrates interest and ability for scientific leadership at state, national, and international levels as evidenced by application materials.
1. Currently or previously held grant or fellowship grant funding for neuroimaging studies of repetitive behaviors in ASD.
2. Specific knowledge and interest in functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) as indicated by application materials and interview.
3. Strong organizational and communication skills as demonstrated by application materials and interview.
4. More than two years of proficiency with MRI analysis software such as AFNI, Freesurfer or FSL.
Additional Candidate Instruction
All applicants are expected to meet the required qualifications listed above.
Interested applicants must complete the online application and provide the following materials: (1) curriculum vitae, (2) a cover letter containing descriptions of educational experiences, research background, and research plan, (3) contact information for professional references.
Application deadline is October 24th. For first consideration, please apply before that date.
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