Title:  Family & Community Medicine (Vice-Chair of Research)

Division:  Family and Community Medicine
Work Location:  Houston, TX
Requisition ID:  10275

Baylor College of Medicine and Department Summary:

Baylor College of Medicine (www.bcm.edu) is recognized as one of the nation’s premier academic health science centers and is known for excellence in education, research, and healthcare, and community service. Located in the heart of the world's largest medical center (Texas Medical Center), Baylor is affiliated with multiple educational, healthcare, and research affiliates.


The Department of Family and Community Medicine is seeking a Vice Chair of Research. The position is supported by a generous endowmentThe successful applicant should be a seasoned researcher who will serve as the department’s research mission leader, reporting to the Chair of Family and Community Medicine. The ideal candidate will have previous academic leadership or management experience with a proven record of research and publication productivity. This role will serve as an advisor to the department chair in strategic research planning, faculty recruitment, mentoring and retention, and subject matter expertise for the department’s research mission. Research focus on cancer control and prevention, substance use disorders (including tobacco cessation and alcohol misuse prevention), and health disparities are desired.

Job Duties

  • Strategically manage, develop and grow the FCM research portfolio and enhance current research programs by focusing on federal funding.
  • Help department leaders articulate and evolve goals and priorities for research and scholarship
  • Oversee faculty and staff workflows related to grants, IRB, research-evaluation services, research facilitation at local sites, and consultation to faculty proposing projects.
  • Maximize research funding and productivity, maintaining a broad awareness of research opportunities and funding, including for pilots and small grants for new researchers.
  • Cultivate a culture of inquiry for all faculty and learners to participate in research and publish whether primarily identified with research, care, or education, work with leaders in care, education, and faculty affairs to promote a feasible and gratifying exercise of scholarship and publication among learners and faculty.
  • Be a role model as an active researcher on your projects producing results and interacting with other researchers inside and outside the institution.
  • Participate as a member of the department leadership team, led by the Department Chair. In departmental initiatives that cross care, education, research, and other areas such as diversity, equity, inclusion, philanthropy, advocacy, or faculty affairs.


  • Serve as a liaison to the major research entities in the Medical School or Academic Health Center, such as CTSI and research committees.
  • Provide high-level direction and mentoring for researchers as a group or as individuals, including establishing pathways for novice researchers to become research-focused faculty. Find or develop other mentors inside or outside the department.
  • Provide recognition of faculty within their areas, e.g., nominating people for awards, making their work visible.
  • Oversee department dashboard research metrics; metrics for desired goal-related outcomes and an expanded set of metrics needed to monitor and improve the research operation, working with leaders in care and education for scholarship metrics in those areas.
  • Grow the FCM investigator pipeline. Working with the Chair, ensure adequate mentoring of junior investigators. Actively contribute to the recruitment and vetting of potential new research faculty hires.
  • Assist the Chair in evaluating annual faculty performance and preparing faculty for promotion and tenure, as applicable.  
  • Identify potential financial and operational problems related to research development, address difficulties and problems in their execution, and devise appropriate action plans and approaches.


  • Assist in developing and monitoring the annual budget for programs in the research mission area.
  • Develop and ensure implementation of policies and procedures related to research compliance with government laws and regulations, including but not limited to research involving humans, animals, and biohazardous materials.
  • Develop and maintain collaborations with community partners and stakeholders locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally to raise the department’s profile.
  • Other duties or special projects may be assigned by the Chair.

Minimum Qualifications


Minimum Requirements: MD or Ph.D., or comparable doctoral degree. Tenured professor with a proven record of research and publication productivity

  • A minimum of 5 years of experience in successful leadership of research programs.
  • Demonstrated ability to build collaborative research relationships with a diverse group of academic, health system, and community partners.
  • A track record of obtaining NIH (or comparable) peer-reviewed funding.
  • Current extramural grant funding.
  • High productivity with regards to grants and peer-reviewed publications.
  • History of successful mentorship of junior faculty.
  • Must meet Baylor College of Medicine appointment criteria for a tenured track senior-level faculty position.



For further information:

Roger J. Zoorob, MD, MPH, FAAFP

Department of Family & Community Medicine

Richard M. Kleberg, Sr. Chair

3701 Kirby Dr., Suite 600, Houston, TX 77098

Roger.Zoorob@bcm.edu ·713-798-2555




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