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RTI International

Senior Public Health Researcher

Durham, NC
Expiration Date: August 14, 2017

RTI International’sCenter for Newborn Screening, Ethics, and Disability Studies has an immediateopening for a Senior Public Health Researcher with a strong research backgroundrelated to social and communication sciences, empirical bioethics, clinical genetics,intervention studies, and family responses to diagnoses and management ofserious disorders in infants and children.

The Center for NewbornScreening, Ethics, and Disability Studies conducts translational researchdesigned to (a) inform newborn screening policy and practice, (b) developpractical solutions to emerging ethical issues; and (c) understand theconsequences of disability for children and families. The Senior Public Health Researcher willreport to the Center Director and help lead the Center’s work related todeveloping and implementing a research agenda at the intersection of genomics,disability studies, social and communication sciences, and empirical bioethics.

The ideal candidatewill have a Ph.D. in public health, health psychology, other related field; aclinical degree and certification in genetic counseling or clinical genetics;knowledge and experience with genomics, genetic counseling, psychosocialinterventions, clinical/public health practice interventions, measurement ofcoping and adaptation; demonstrated expertise in a range of research methods;an extensive track record of publications in peer-reviewed journals; andsuccessful program/project administration.

Please include a cover letter as the first page of a resumeattachment when applying for the position.


  • Play a majorleadership role in developing the center’s portfolio of ethics anddisability-related research;
  • Help establish acollaborative research program in social and communication sciences related togenomics
  • Lead or support thepreparation and submission of proposals to conduct research;
  • Partner with Centerinvestigators and other collaborators to develop a long-term strategic visionfor how the Center can provide national and international leadership indeveloping practical solutions to complex issues related to genomictechnologies;
  • Lead or support the preparationof peer-reviewed articles based on research and pilot study activities;
  • Represent the Centerin major national committees and meetings
  • Propose, initiate, anddevelop strategic partnerships with external collaborators
  • Mentor junior investigators


  • Ph.D. in PublicHealth, Health Psychology, Bioethics, or other related field
  • Clinical experienceand certification in clinical genetics or genetic counseling
  • A minimum of 15 yearsof directly relevant experience
  • Strong oral andwritten communication skills
  • Exceptional record ofpeer-reviewed publications
  • Ability to managecompeting tasks and priorities
  • Recognized bycolleagues as a national leader in the field
  • Ability to work withor form interdisciplinary teams
  • Legally authorized towork in the United States and should not require now, or in the future,sponsorship for employment visa status.
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