The University of New Mexico, Department of Family and Community Medicine is seeking an innovative researcher to join an established, productive and growing department research group. The successful candidate will both lead and be a part of research that addresses the priorities of the Department, the School of Medicine, the Health Sciences Center, the state of New Mexico and federal research agendas. These priorities include research addressing the needs of New Mexico’s culturally diverse population, with emphasis on its medically underserved communities. The primary research for the department is in the area of health disparities.

A number of opportunities for independent and collaborative research are in place in the Department of Family and Community Medicine and within the Health Science Center with leadership by departmental faculty. These include a nationally recognized, productive practice-based research network (PBRN), Research Involving Outpatient Settings Network (RIOS Net), an NIH Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA), the Office for Community Health (OCH), a Center for Native American Health and a new College of Population Health that offers a Masters of Public Health program. Active departmental maternal and child health and sports medicine fellowships provide additional opportunities for clinical research. The Health Sciences Center also includes an NCI-funded cancer research and treatment center, an NCI-SEER registry and an advanced neuro-imaging center (MIND institute). The department has an international reputation for expertise in community-based participatory research (CBPR) and for its work with Native American and Hispanic/Latino communities. There are opportunities for collaboration with the NM Department of Health, the U.S. Public Health Service/Indian Health Service, local units of government and tribes and tribally-sanctioned organizations.

The successful applicant will be expected to show evidence of training and/or experience in clinical and community research with evidence of research productivity. Priority will be given to scholars with demonstrated community-engaged and patient-engaged research experience and expertise in using engagement practices. The position will combine education and research responsibilities. Effort of time allocated toward each responsibility is negotiable, with the majority of time being devoted to research. The applicant will work closely with the Family Medicine residency program to lead and facilitate required scholarly activity.

This position will be embedded in the work of the OCH and will serve the mission of the Department as well as that of the OCH. The OCH was established in 2007 as an overarching unit at the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center to bring together multiple community-engaged initiatives as well as to strengthen community partnerships around the state to improve the health of New Mexicans with an emphasis on social determinants of health. The OCH oversees several innovative programs, as well as being charged with addressing minority health issues across the state. The OCH is leading the Health Sciences Center to connect with communities across New Mexico and in Albuquerque to:

  • Provide services and resources
  • Collaborate and partner with others to build strong and healthy communities
  • Study and solve health problems

The applicant will work closely with the Vice Chancellor for Community Health who directs the OCH to develop research, education and service strategies to innovatively respond to community-identified priorities, needs and interests.

The University of New Mexico School of Medicine is in beautiful Albuquerque, New Mexico with mountains to the east and a mesa to the west. The climate is temperate and especially conducive to outdoor activities and sports, including running, hiking, biking, skiing, canoeing and horseback riding. Our state is multicultural and a minority majority state. The cultural opportunities are numerous with theatre, music, a National Hispanic Cultural Center, Native American Cultural Center, 19 Pueblos and wonderful eateries through the state. Within a few hours of Albuquerque are Taos and Santa Fe. We are nationally and internationally known for educational innovation, high research productivity, rural medicine, community engagement, and integration of medicine and public health. Our research agenda focuses on health disparities, health services research and prevention.


Minimum Requirements:

  • Must have terminal degree in Anthropology (DrPH, Sc.D, or Ph.D.)
  • Must be eligible to work in the U.S.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Current funding with Principle Investigator status or high probability of obtaining and maintaining external funding
  • Experience teaching students and residents, programmatic evaluation of educational activity.
  • Experience designing and conducting research in New Mexico with particular emphasis on social determinants of health using a community engaged approach.
  • Experience integrating and evaluating social determinants of health interventions within a clinical setting
  • Demonstrated ability to mentor junior faculty, medical residents, graduate students, medical students, and undergraduate students

Salary and rank commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Application Instructions
Please attach your Curriculum Vitae and a Cover Letter.
For Assistance with the Application Process, Contact:
Norma Dye
Department of Family and Community Medicine
(505) 272-2334