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Positions Available Within the UMass Diabetes Center of Excellence


Research Faculty Position, UMass Chan Medical School, Diabetes Center of Excellence

The Diabetes Center of Excellence (DCOE) at the UMass Chan Medical School invites applications for a SENIOR TENURED or JUNIOR TENURE-TRACK basic science or clinical investigator faculty position. The DCOE currently consists of basic and physician scientists representing a broad range of disciplines in the biomedical and clinical sciences, with members from several Medical School Departments and Programs working together as central New England’s leading center for diabetes clinical care, innovation, and discovery. The Center occupies state-of-the-art research space on an expanding Medical School campus. Basic investigators benefit from core facilities for deep sequencing, proteomics, genotyping, fluorescence-activated cell sorting, digital imaging/confocal microscopy, genomics/bioinformatics, transgenic/knockout mice, and mouse metabolic phenotyping. Clinical and community investigators benefit from infrastructure for recruitment and retention of research participants, measurement, behavioral and nutritional intervention resources and facilities, and academic-community research partnerships.  Adult and pediatric clinical efforts of the Diabetes Center are housed in a wonderful Ambulatory Clinical Care building designed so that patients can receive appropriate retinal photos, foot care, diabetes education, and other routine medical care at one location. The position will be highly competitive with regard to start-up funds, laboratory space (if needed) and salary. The DCOE seeks an individual of outstanding research potential relating to diabetes pathophysiology or treatment. 

Applicants should send CV, statement of research interests, and names & addresses of three references to:

David M. Harlan, MD and Dale Greiner, PhD
co-directors, UMass Diabetes Center of Excellence
c/o Patricia Cannon
55 Lake Avenue North
Albert Sherman Center, Room AS7-2049
Worcester, MA 01605

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