Professor and Director of the Center for Translational Injury Research (CeTIR) - Surgery, McGovern Medical School

Texas Medical Center-Houston, TX

Professor and Director of the Center for Translational Injury Research (CeTIR) - Surgery, McGovern Medical School

Location: Texas Medical Center-Houston, Texas

Category: Faculty

McGovern Medical School at UTHealth Houston

Requisition #: 23000299

McGovern Medical SchoolatUTHealth Houston, a leading academic health center, invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), Professor, tenure track without tenure and Director of the Center for Translational Injury Research (CeTIR) in theDepartment of Surgery,Division of Acute Care Surgery.

The Director of CeTIR will be employed by the Division of Acute Care Surgery in the Department of Surgery at McGovern Medical School at UTHealth Houston. The Director will have a track record in conducting independent research, in building and leading a research team, in applying for and obtaining extramural funding, and in training junior researchers. The Director will have excellent standing in the professional community as demonstrated by leadership in academic societies, membership on editorial boards, and national and international invited lectureships. The Director will lead a multi-disciplinary team that includes physicians, researchers, research assistants, and trainees.

Position Key Accountabilities:

The Director of CeTIR will be responsible for providing:

Research leadership:

  • Promoting and facilitating leading-edge trauma research, including collaborative, translational, and interdisciplinary research, in areas related to the goals of the university, medical school, department and division.

  • Building, and providing sufficient support for, a community of innovative researchers to enhance trauma research capacity at the university and to increase internal and external research opportunities for faculty, post-doctoral fellows, and graduate students.

  • Developing networks between the research center and researchers in the field in the public and private sectors, locally, nationally and internationally.

  • Acting as the nexus between the university and the community with respect to research initiatives of mutual benefit.

  • Where applicable, developing mutually beneficial linkages with industry in order to develop partnerships and collaborative research.

  • Transferring knowledge to society through outreach (e.g., collaborative research; seminars; workshops; lectures; websites; publications) and, where applicable, through technology transfer (e.g., collaborative research; contract work; and commercialization of intellectual property).

  • Developing strong linkages within the department and other departments with an interest in trauma-related research and adding value through: i) aiding faculty and student recruitment and retention by enriching the research environment; ii) advancing curriculum; iii) informing the teaching of colleagues; iv) mounting workshops and seminars; v) providing interdisciplinary research training and mentoring for undergraduate and graduate students; and vi) regular communication of research center activities and opportunities for faculty and students’ involvement

Administrative leadership:

  • Leading strategic planning for the research center to ensure that the center’s objectives are aligned with the university’s strategic plan.

  • Overseeing the proper discharge of administrative duties of the research center including supervising personnel, financial management, and operations.

  • Pursuing the equity goals of the university in the operations of the research center.

  • Managing the research plan effectively and efficiently, ensuring that accepted standards of research and ethical behavior are met.

  • Managing the space needs of the research center in cooperation with appropriate university authorities.

  • Representing the interests of the research center internally with senior academic administration.

  • Enhancing the reputation of the research center, the medical school and the university by undertaking quality research and communicating that research to the society.

  • Encouraging and supporting the raising of funds for research conducted by the research center, capital and operating funds, including cooperation with Development’s fundraising initiatives.


The selected candidate for the position must have a Texas Medical License or be eligible for a Texas Faculty Temporary License.

Qualified applicants must demonstrate a commitment to excellence, discovery, and service, have the potential to be outstanding in their field of expertise, and share an interest in fulfilling the common goals of McGovern Medical School at UTHealth Houston.

The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth)

Established in 1972 by The University of Texas System Board of Regents, The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) is Houston’s Health University and Texas’ resource for health care education, innovation, scientific discovery and excellence in patient care. The most comprehensive academic health center in the UT System and the U.S. Gulf Coast region, UTHealth Houston is home to schools of biomedical informatics, biomedical sciences, dentistry, nursing and public health and the John P. and Kathrine G. McGovern Medical School. UTHealth Houston includes The University of Texas Harris County Psychiatric Center, as well as the growing clinical practices UT Physicians, UT Dentists and UT Health Services. The university’s primary teaching hospitals are Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center, Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital and Harris Health Lyndon B. Johnson Hospital.

UTHealth Benefits

UTHealth Houston offers a comprehensive and competitive benefits package. For more information on our benefits programs please refer to the UTHealth Houston Office of Benefits Website.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

UTHealth Houston is committed to providing equal opportunity in all employment-related activities without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, gender identity or expression, veteran status or any other basis prohibited by law or university policy. Reasonable accommodation, based on disability or religious observances, will be considered in accordance with applicable law and UTHealth Houston policy. The University maintains affirmative action programs with respect to women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and eligible veterans in accordance with applicable law.

UTHealth Houston has adopted a policy consistent with CMS regulations to protect our patients and university community from exposure to COVID-19. This policy affects all employees, residents, fellows, students, contractors, new hires, visiting scholars program participants, adjunct faculty, and volunteers who work, train, or collaborate at the John S. Dunn Behavioral Science Center.

In addition, all UTHealth Houston ​​​​​​​employees who are assigned to work at a location that is subject to the affiliated partner’s hospital, clinical offices, or agency are required to abide by UTHealth’s Houston rules and regulations, as well as the affiliate’s rules and regulations, including COVID-19 vaccination and safety requirements.

Work location is based on the needs of the department and may be adjusted.