Clinical Instructor

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Posting Information
Posting Information

Department Peds-Genetics and Metabolism – 412010
Posting Open Date 07/03/2023
Application Deadline
Open Until Filled Yes
Position Type Permanent Faculty
Working Title Clinical Instructor
Appointment Type Fixed Term Faculty
Vacancy ID FAC0004580
Full-time/Part-time Full-Time Permanent
Hours per week 40
Position Location North Carolina, US
Hiring Range Dependent on Experience and Qualifications
Proposed Start Date 10/01/2023

Position Information

Primary Purpose of Organizational Unit The UNC School of Medicine has a rich tradition of excellence and care. Our mission is to improve the health and wellbeing of North Carolinians, and others whom we serve. We accomplish this by providing leadership and excellence in the interrelated areas of patient care, education, and research. We strive to promote faculty, staff, and learner development in a diverse, respectful environment where our colleagues demonstrate professionalism, enhance learning, and create personal and professional sustainability. We optimize our partnership with the UNC Health System through close collaboration and commitment to service.
Our vision is to be the nation’s leading public school of medicine. We are ranked 2nd in primary care education among all US schools of medicine and 5th among public peers in NIH research funding. Our Allied Health Department is home to five top-ranked divisions, and we are home to 18 top-ranked clinical and basic science departments in NIH research funding.
Our mission is to improve the health and well-being of North Carolinians and others whom we serve. We accomplish this by providing leadership and excellence in the interrelated areas of patient care, education, and research.
Patient Care: We will promote health and provide superb clinical care while maintaining our strong tradition of reaching underserved populations and reducing health disparities across North Carolina and beyond.
Education: We will prepare tomorrow’s health care professionals and biomedical researchers by facilitating learning within innovative curricula and team-oriented interprofessional education. We will cultivate outstanding teaching and research faculty, and we will recruit outstanding students and trainees from highly diverse backgrounds to create a socially responsible, highly skilled workforce.
Research: We will develop and support a rich array of outstanding health sciences research programs, centers, and resources. We will provide infrastructure and opportunities for collaboration among disciplines throughout and beyond our University to support outstanding research. We will foster programs in the areas of basic, translational, mechanistic, and population research.
Position Summary The Dr. Joseph Muenzer MPS Research & Treatment Center (Muenzer MPS Center) is focused on improving the outcomes of individuals with mucopolysaccharidosis (MPS) and their families and developing new treatments. The Muenzer MPS Center is dedicated to developing new treatment for children and adults with MPS, a group of ultra rare genetic disorders, including clinical trials to evaluate intravenous administered enzymes engineered to cross the blood-brain barrier as well as other novel therapies, such as intravenous and intrathecal gene therapy and intrathecal enzyme replacement therapy. 
The Muenzer MPS Center (Director Dr. Joseph Muenzer) offers an exciting opportunity for a Clinical Research Specialist to become an integral part of this fast growing and successful team. You will work directly with the PIs (Dr. Joseph Muenzer and Dr. Elizabeth Jalazo) and with the MPS Research Clinical Director (Lindsay Torrice, CPNP) on our clinical trials delivering novel therapeutics to children/adults with MPS and other lysosomal storage disorders. This is a highly rewarding job working with our interdisciplinary and highly collaborative team of physicians, advanced practice providers, research staff, and dedicated health professionals, who love working with children and adults with rare genetic disorders and are dedicated to improving their health and quality of life.
The Clinical Instructor will be responsible for administering neurocognitive and behavioral assessments to pediatric patients enrolled in clinical trials at UNC with Dr. Muenzer or Dr. Jalazo as PI. These assessments include the Vineland Adaptive Behavior Scales (VABS), the Bayley Scales of Infant Development (BSID), the Kaufman Assessment Battery for Children (KABC), the Weschler Intelligence Scale for Children (WISC), and other related assessments as required per study protocol. 
The Clinical Instructor would provide the above assessments to clinical patients seen by Drs. Muenzer and Jalazo as needed. The Clinical Instructor would be expected to provide counseling services to families of newly diagnosed patients with MPS, to patients/families enrolled in clinical trials at UNC and other pediatric neurodegenerative disorders.
The Clinical Instructor will work with members of the study team (including investigators, coordinators, and nurse consultants) to ensure assessments are completed and documented according to study protocols. The Clinical Instructor will participate in study-specific training as required by study sponsors.
Minimum Education and Experience Requirements
  • Completion of a master’s degree in clinical psychology, school psychology, social work, counseling, or related discipline. 
  • Minimum requirements for this position include previous clinical training and experience in assessment of individuals with mucopolysaccharidosis (MPS), Angelman syndrome, and/or pediatric neurodegenerative disorders. 
  • Candidates must have prior experience in clinical trials and human subjects research, including administration of assessments such as the Bayley Scales of Infant Development, Vineland Adaptive Behavioral Scale. 
  • Skills and competence to encourage participation of pediatric patients with cognitive impairment and/or behavioral challenges in developmental assessments are essential.
  • Candidates must be licensed or license eligible as an LPA, LMHC, LCSW, LMFT or related clinical discipline in the state of North Carolina within 30 days of hire.
Preferred Qualifications, Competencies, and Experience
  • Full licensure is preferred. 
  • At least 3 years of direct work experience with pediatric patients with MPS, Angelman syndrome or neurodegenerative disorders is preferred. 
  • At least 3 years of experience in administering neurocognitive and behavioral assessments in clinical trials/human subjects research is preferred.
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Department Contact Name and Title Courtney Lineman, HR Consultant
Department Contact Telephone or Email [email protected]
Academic Personnel Office Contact Information If you experience any problems accessing the system or have questions about the application process, please contact the University’s Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost office at (919)-962-1091 or send an email to [email protected].
Please note: The Executive Vice Chancellor & Provost office will not be able to provide specific updates regarding position or application status. 
If you have any questions about the job requirements or the hiring department notify the Department Contact.
Equal Opportunity Employer Statement The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or status as a protected veteran.

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