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Associate or Professor of Clinical Pediatrics CHLA (Director of The Saban Research Institute Diabetes and Obesity Program)

Department of Pediatrics-CHLA Los Angeles, California

The University of Southern California (USC), founded in 1880, is the largest private employer in the City of Los Angeles. As an employee of USC, you will be a part of a world-class research university and a member of the "Trojan Family," which is comprised of the faculty, students and staff that make the university what it is.

The Keck School of Medicine (KSOM) of the University of Southern California (USC) and Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA) in the Department of Pediatrics are actively seeking a full time faculty member for the position of Assistant/Associate/Professor of Clinical Pediatrics.

Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA) and The Saban Research Institute Diabetes and Obesity Program are searching for a candidate for a Program Director at the rank of Associate or Professor. Candidates must hold a M.D. and/or Ph.D. degree and have a record of training and achievement that will allow them to further expand research and clinical practice in the field of obesity and/or diabetes. The successful candidate will enter an environment that is already rich in translational and clinical research in these areas. He/she will integrate with other Diabetes & Obesity Program investigators, as well as investigators in the USC Diabetes & Obesity Research Institute (DORI), to help understand the biology of obesity and diabetes and to develop novel approaches to disease prediction, prevention and treatment.

The CHLA Diabetes & Obesity Program includes bench, translational and clinical research components, clinical programs and community outreach. The Director will work to align research activities, aggregate a critical mass, and definite scientific and clinical priorities for the future. The successful candidate will be expected to deliver a productive and vibrant basic and translational diabetes and obesity research program visible to the hospital, university, community and competitors.

The goals for the CHLA/Saban Diabetes and Obesity Program include:

•     Build research teams to provide critical mass for R01’s, program projects and training grants.

•     Expand diabetes/obesity translational research, particularly in the CHLA patient populations.

•     Increase collaborative obesity and diabetes research with colleagues at the Keck School of Medicine and across USC.

Expected deliverables include:

  • Strengthen and expand diabetes/obesity translational research, particularly in patient populations.
  • Build the infrastructure to perform top clinical/translational research.
  • Prepare program project grants and T32 training grant application.
  • Lead Medical efforts for community engagement, including outreach programs.
  • Sustain programs in nutrition education.
  • Work toward sustaining the multidisciplinary obesity clinic.
  • Develop a bariatric program
  • Prepare and plan budget recommendations and oversee implementation of community outreach programs.
  • Assist in fundraising for program and Chair endowments.
  • Secure four or more new R01 (or equivalent) awards, setting the groundwork for one or two P01 applications (one with DORI, one CHLA-based).

Academic appointments will be made according to expertise of candidates in one or more of the relevant academic departments at USC. The Diabetes & Obesity Program at CHLA was established in 2013 with the mission to develop, implement and promote innovative and effective strategies to combat childhood and adolescent diabetes and obesity. The program is aligned with research, clinical care, hospital wellness and community outreach to provide a comprehensive approach. DORI was established in 2012 with the overall goal of integrating basic, clinical, and public health research in obesity and diabetes at USC and its affiliates, including CHLA. DORI faculty includes 52 investigators from a variety of academic departments (Medicine, Pediatrics, Preventive Medicine, Physiology & Biophysics and Surgery) and Schools (College of Letters Arts and Sciences; Schools of Engineering, Gerontology and Pharmacy) at USC. They conduct interdisciplinary and basic, translational and clinical research.

Interested applicants are invited to submit a CV, names of 3 referees and statement of current and future research directions. Applications and general enquiries should be sent to Cassandra Fink, MPH, Administrator, Diabetes & Obesity Program at

USC values diversity and is committed to equal opportunity in employment. Women and men, and members of all racial and ethnic groups are encouraged to apply.

Minimum Education: MD and/or PhD

Preferred Field of Expertise: Research on Diabetes and/or Obesity; Surgical approaches to weight loss in pediatric and adolescent populations

If interested, please apply using the link above. For further inquiries, please contact:

Valerie Campana


Academic appointment through USC Keck School of Medicine is available at a level appropriate to training and experience. CHLA and USC strongly values diversity and is committed to equal opportunity in employment.  Women and men, and members of all racial and ethnic groups, people with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply.

REQ20058571 Posted Date: 04/20/2018

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