Job Overview


Final salary determination is made by professional standards board recommendation, HR Technical review and Medical Center Director approval.

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1135248 (Include on all documents)

Duty Location/Campus:  Geratric Research, Education & Clinical Center (GRECC), North Little Rock Campus, Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System.  Tour of Duty:  M-F 8:00 am - 4:30 pm 

The GRECC at the Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System (CAVHS) in Little Rock, Arkansas is seeking a qualified candidate for the position of Associate Director of GRECC for Research.  This position is responsible for leading and providing strategic direction for GRECC research relevant to nutrition, exercise, and rehabilitation in older adults.  Other responsibilities include: mentoring junior investigators; serving on leadership groups; and developing and strengthening research collaborations.  Candidates have a doctoral degree in psychology from a graduate program in psychology accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA).  The applicant should be qualified for appointment at the Associate to Professor Level in the Clinical Investigator track at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS).  The ideal candidate will have a research focus in the area of aging.  The position represents a tremedous opportunity to lead the research program of the GRECC.  The successful candidate is encouraged to take an active leadership role in local, VISN, and national projects in any field related to geriatrics within the VA.

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-Managing his/her individual research program and collaborating with the GRECC Director on the GRECC's overall research program and direction.  The GRECC has both regional and national impact on the delivery of care to geriatric patients. With the great diversity of research approaches, techniques and goals, this managerial positions is a complex and demanding task.

-Executes and completes scientific investigations that have been approved and funded, collaborating with other health services and clinical researchers (locally, VISN-wide and nation-wide) on health services and clinical research design and methodology, evaluation techniques, implementation, qualitative and quantitative data-collection procedures, statistical analyses, interpretation of results and writing articles and reports for publication in peer-reviewed journals. 

-Develops and administers GRECC policies and procedures related to research and provides leadership in implementation.  Identifies new funding opportunities relevant to the GRECC's research foci and leads evaluation of research projects using appropriate research methods.

-Facilitates research collaboration, follows the progress of other GRECC research programs, and provides GRECC investigators with guidance when applicable.  Consults on other GRECC research projects aimed at developing more effective treatments for veterans with physical/functional disabilities and/or cognitive problems, translating research knowledge into clinical practice, and understanding the complexities of dealing with frail older adults.

-Assists/collaborates with GRECC projects and activities in the areas of program evaluation and research methodology; designs evaluations for training programs; reviews proposals; and particpates in program research-capacity building, and fosters the career development of junior investigators.

-Takes an active leadership role in local, VISN, and national projects within the VA.

Travel Required

  • Not Required

Relocation Authorized

  • Yes
  • Relocation/Recruitment incentive may be authorized