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Assistant Professor/Associate Professor/Professor (Director)

Assistant Professor/Associate Professor/Professor (Director)

Center for Orthopedic Research, Innovation and Training (CORIT) – Orthopedic Surgery, McGovern Medical School, Texas Medical Center-Houston, Texas

McGovern Medical School at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth), a leading academic health center, invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), non-tenure research track faculty position in the Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Division of Research.  The Department seeks a visionary and energetic leader to direct research activities within the Department of Orthopedic Surgery’s Center for Orthopedic Research, Innovation and Training (CORIT). This individual will be responsible for directing the research initiative for the department’s Arthroplasty section in collaboration with the arthroplasty faculty as well as supporting the department’s research program. As well this individual will oversee the CORIT research staff of 8 engineers and support personnel.

Houston is the fourth largest city in the United States and boasts a strong economy with a relatively low cost of living (www.houstontx.gov).The McGovern Medical School is located in the heart of the Texas Medical Center, the largest medical complex in the world with eight million patient visits and more than 180,000 surgeries annually. The Department of Orthopedic Surgery within UTHealth is highly ranked in both clinical and academic Orthopaedics and has  established 3 research facilities at different campuses across the UTHealth system. The Center for Orthopedic Research, Innovation and Training is located in a UT facility adjoining the Memorial Hermann Orthopedic and Spine Hospital in Bellaire, Texas.

Active areas of research at CORIT include:

  • Evaluation, optimization and development of computer-assisted and robotic technologies in Orthopedic Surgery
  • Development of treatment strategies for improving the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of periprosthetic fractures
  •  Experimental and computational modelling of joint arthroplasty of the knee, hip shoulder and ankle as well as modelling applications in other areas of orthopaedic surgery.
  • Evaluation and development of innovative measures to reduce the incidence of prosthetic joint infections during Orthopedic procedures.
  • Creation of a clinical Registry of Joint Replacement patients and integration into clinical practice within the Joint Replacement division.

Position Key Accountabilities: Primary Responsibilities of the Director:

  • Oversee the research activities and academic output of the Center for Orthopedic Research Innovation and Training.
  • Recruit, train, develop and mentor the next generation of engineers, scientists and physician-scientists working in orthopaedic research;
  • Manage and grow the financial resources of the Center to advance its educational, scientific, and service missions;
  • Develop a successful research program in close alignment with the research strategy of the Department of Orthopedic Surgery with a primary focus on the Arthroplasty
  • Participate in the academic development, selection and mentoring of UT surgeons, staff, medical students, residents and fellows


The successful applicant will have an established reputation of excellence and accomplishment in research and academic leadership in Joint Reconstruction, in addition to:

  • Doctoral degree in Engineering, Biomechanics, Biomaterials, Robotics or a field of Science related to Orthopedic Surgery.
  • History of productivity in collaborative research related to Orthopedic Surgery leading to publications in scholarly journals;
  • Track record in securing funding for sustained independent research;
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Excellent inter-personal skills and demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with surgical faculty in Orthopedics.
  • Previous experience in successfully managing teams of research investigators

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 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 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.

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