Clinical Research Physician (Infectious Disease Clinical Research Program)

Updated: January 15, 2020
Job ID: 212244
Status: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Location: Portsmouth, VA, United States

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HJF is seeking a Research Physician to be based at the Naval Medical Center in Portsmouth, VA to direct and support clinical research studies, including development and execution of new protocols, with an emphasis on infectious disease multisite protocols conducted in the military setting.  These studies are conducted by the Infectious Disease Clinical Research Program (IDCRP) at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USU) in Bethesda, Maryland. The position will be hired through The Henry M. Jackson Foundation for the Advancement of Military Medicine (HJF).  HJF provides scientific, technical and programmatic support services to IDCRP. US Citizenship is required for this position.

The IDCRP is a collaborative research effort with the NIH National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) and we work closely with partners from NIAID and other NIH Institutes. Established at USU in 2005, this unique program aims to strengthen infectious disease clinical research in the US military. The IDCRP brings together a network of clinicians and research scientists at military treatment facilities and military bases who conduct observational and interventional research on a wide range of infectious diseases relevant to the military and the broader medical communities. IDCRP research protocols fall under one of seven research areas: acute respiratory infections, deployment and travel-associated infections, emerging infectious diseases/antimicrobial resistance, HIV infection, sexually transmitted infections, skin and soft tissue infections, and trauma-associated infections.

We are seeking a qualified physician (M.D. or D.O.) with training or experience in internal medicine and/or adult infectious disease, and preferably also epidemiology or public health.  Prior experience in the conduct of clinical research, a demonstrated record of publication in peer-reviewed medical journals, and excellent written/oral communication skills are important qualities.  The candidate will serve a lead role in the development and execution of clinical research protocols and will be a clinical provider at Naval Medical Center Portsmouth.

Position Summary: Responsible for the conduct, development, direction and execution of clinical research protocols, participation of patients in these protocols, and clinical care of patients in the protocols and more broadly in the clinic and hospital. The candidate will qualify for an academic appointment in the Department of Preventive Medicine and Biostatistics at the USU School of Medicine at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor.

Position Responsibilities:                            

  1. Designs, directs, executes, and supports clinical research protocols in conjunction with active duty investigators, research physicians, and other scientists including obtaining approval through the IDCRP, Local Command Research Office, Institutional Review Boards (IRB), and others.
  2. Plans, directs and/or assists with clinical research activities at the site including study visits.  Works with the Site Manager, Site PIs, Lead Coordinators, and others to monitor and ensure successful protocol operations; ensures safety and regulatory compliance.
  3. Provides clinical care and treatment to patients during the course of their disease, and counsels patients regarding the effects of drugs or processes; this includes patients not in IDCRP studies (e.g. clinic or inpatient service) as well as those participating in protocols; meets requirements for and maintains active clinical credentials at NMCP.
  4. Participates in residency training program activities including rounds, conferences, medical personnel training programs, and others.
  5. Analyzes data and prepares scientific works for presentation at local and national meetings and for publication in medical and scientific periodicals.
  6. Produces and provides relevant program status reports to the department, institution, regulatory agencies, sponsors, program leadership, and others.
  7. Travels to and attends scientific, IDCRP, and other meetings as required.
  8. Maintains faculty appointment at USU; participates in IDCRP, departmental, and USU educational and service activities as appropriate.
  9. Performs other assignments as required.

Minimum Education/Training Requirements:  M.D., D.O., or equivalent degree.

Minimum Experience:  Internal Medicine Residency and/or Infectious Diseases Fellowship training, preferably also Epidemiology/Public Health training.

Physical Capabilities:  Standing and sitting. Able to meet travel requirements to support clinical research in potentially austere environments as required.

Required Licenses, Certification or Registration:  (MD or DO) Licensure to practice medicine within the continental United States; board certified or board eligible for certification in the specialty associated with the clinical research program.

Supervisory Responsibilities/Controls:  May supervise IDCRP personnel including clinicians, scientists, researchers or medical support staff.

Work Environment Hospital, clinic or office environment.

Background: US Citizenship required; Eligibility to obtain DoD Common Access Card (CAC) required.

Interested applicants should apply directly to this job posting but for additional information they may contact Dr. Brian Agan, Deputy Science Director, Infectious Disease Clinical Research Program.

Employment with HJF is contingent upon successful completion of a background check, which may include, but is not limited to, contacting your professional references, verification of previous employment, addresses, education, and credentials, a criminal background check, drug screening, and a department of motor vehicle (DMV) check.  

HJF is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status.

Any qualifications to be considered as equivalents, in lieu of stated minimums, require the prior approval of the Chief Human Resources Officer.