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University of Wisconsin–Madison

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University of Wisconsin–Madison



Apply now(opens in a new window) Job no: 270084-FA
Work type: Faculty-Full Time, Onsite
Location: Madison
Categories: Faculty

Job Summary:

The University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health is seeking an individual with expertise in tobacco science broadly conceived to serve as the next Director of the University of Wisconsin Center for Tobacco Research and Intervention (UW-CTRI). The UW-CTRI Director is expected to lead and collaborate with a diverse group of scientists associated with the Center to sustain and enhance the Center's research and outreach activities. The Director is also expected to develop and sustain collaborations with important entities such as healthcare systems, state health organizations, and cancer centers.

UW-CTRI has a mission of generating new research findings and translating research into policy and practice. The Center serves as the lead entity within the School of Medicine and Public Health regarding tobacco science, policy, outreach, intervention, and training. The Center brings together faculty, staff, students, and collaborating institutions and scientists to better understand tobacco use and reduce its harms to all those who use it or might use it. The Center has active research programs in broad areas relevant to tobacco use and treatment with research ranging from population-based approaches to tobacco control to exploration of biologic mechanisms of tobacco dependence.

The Center also serves as a bridge, connecting health systems, clinicians, and state agencies with methods, guidance, and research findings in service of enhancing public health and clinical care. A core mechanism for accomplishing this mission is the UW-CTRI Outreach Program, which offers training and support to clinicians and programs throughout the state of Wisconsin and nationally. Outreach activities include trainings with healthcare staff and clinicians, presentations and educational offerings, consultation with state and other policy makers, administering the state tobacco quitline, maintaining close collaborative working relationships with both state and national organizations, and producing products that are useful for tobacco control and intervention.

The ideal Director candidate will have experience and expertise conducting research in tobacco science and related fields. This might include research on treatments for tobacco use, intervention implementation, tobacco relevant policies, prevention, health systems practices, dissemination, mechanisms of tobacco dependence, or use of information technology or media to enhance population health. This person will develop and provide leadership to a group of scientists and related staff engaged in efforts to develop and research tobacco interventions; increase treatment reach, and equitable reach, in tobacco use populations and in relevant settings such as primary care and cancer care; understand tobacco treatment and dependence mechanisms; explore the use of diverse nicotine products and how to treat individuals using them; and address factors responsible for the disparate use and harms of tobacco. Center scientists and other staff also provide tobacco outreach services across the state of Wisconsin and beyond.

The appointee will contribute to teaching and mentoring in the Center and will address training and teaching requests by the School of Medicine and Public Health on an ad hoc basis. Teaching at the Center and Medical School will largely occur through mentoring individual scientists, residents, students, and clinicians and via ad hoc lectures or presentations.

The Director may engage in clinical activities to the extent needed to support the research mission of the Center.

University and community service may be expected as appropriate.

SMPH is committed to being a diverse, equitable, inclusive and anti-racist workplace and is an Equal Employment Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer. Applications from Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) individuals, LGBTQ+ and non-binary identities, women, persons with disabilities, military service members and veterans are strongly encouraged.


The Director will be appointed as a senior faculty member within an appropriate academic department in the School of Medicine and Public Health. Faculty responsibilities will include research, teaching and administrative/service. The successful candidate will teach medical students, residents, and fellows. Candidates may engage in clinical activities to the extent needed to support the research mission of the Center. The successful applicant will participate in administrative and committee work to support the clinical and scholarly missions of UW Health and the School of Medicine and Public Health. An essential part of these duties will be working in a collegial relationship with other faculty members.

As Director of the Center, this position will include a significant administrative leadership component. Responsibilities of the Director will broadly include:

- Providing leadership and vision for a research environment that accommodates a diverse range of activities related to the mission of the Center
- Creating a scientific climate that fosters creativity, collaboration, and productivity in research, and ensures the scientific success of the Center
- Maintaining knowledge of significant developments in scientific fields relevant to the research mission of the Center
- Representing the Center in national and international domains
- Identifying, developing and directing all Center activities to maximize efficiencies and align operations with overall strategy and mission
- Providing high-level oversight of the Center's finances
- Overseeing faculty and staff within the Center including exercising direct supervisory authority and completing necessary administrative tasks as a supervisor
- Providing leadership and vision for the Center's Outreach Program
- Leading the organization in securing funding for research and outreach activities of the Center

Institutional Statement on Diversity:

Diversity is a source of strength, creativity, and innovation for UW-Madison. We value the contributions of each person and respect the profound ways their identity, culture, background, experience, status, abilities, and opinion enrich the university community. We commit ourselves to the pursuit of excellence in teaching, research, outreach, and diversity as inextricably linked goals.

The University of Wisconsin-Madison fulfills its public mission by creating a welcoming and inclusive community for people from every background - people who as students, faculty, and staff serve Wisconsin and the world.

For more information on diversity and inclusion on campus, please visit: Diversity and Inclusion


Terminal Degree
Minimum of a Ph.D, M.D. or other doctoral degree related to pharmacology, behavioral science, information science, implementation science, or other relevant fields is preferable.


The ideal candidate will demonstrate expertise in tobacco science as evidenced by contributions to the basic science of tobacco use and dependence and/or by translation of tobacco science research into policy, treatment, or systems changes in healthcare and other settings. Expertise in foundational areas such as pharmacology, behavioral science, information science, implementation science, or other relevant fields is desirable. The candidate should have a record of successful leadership and management in an academic, policy, healthcare and/or research setting.

Candidates must meet criteria for appointment at the Associate or full Professor rank per UW School of Medicine and Public Health guidelines for appointment and promotion on the tenure track.



Candidates who will have clinical responsibilities must be eligible for appropriate licensure in the State of Wisconsin and present the necessary credentials to obtain privileges appropriate to their area of practice.

Work Type:

Full Time: 100%

It is anticipated this position requires work be performed in-person, onsite, at a designated campus work location.

Appointment Type, Duration:


Anticipated Begin Date:

JULY 01, 2023


ANNUAL (12 months)

Additional Information:

This position has been identified as a position of trust with access to vulnerable populations. The selected candidate will be required to pass an initial caregiver check to be eligible for employment under the Wisconsin Caregiver Law and every four years.

The successful applicant will be responsible for ensuring eligibility for employment in the United States on or before the effective date of the appointment. University sponsorship is not available for this position.

The primary appointment will be in the School of Medicine and Public Health, with potential affiliate faculty appointments in other school or university departments as appropriate.

How to Apply:

The deadline for assuring full consideration is January 16, 2023, however, this position will remain open and applications may be considered until this position is filled. Your application must be received through the Jobs at UW portal to be considered as a candidate. Applications submitted outside of this system will not be considered. To apply for this position, please click on the "Apply Now" button and use the online UW Job Application system to submit the following:

- Your current Curriculum Vitae (CV)
- Cover letter describing your interest in this position
- Statement of research (maximum of 2 pages) describing your vision and strategy for developing, supporting, and sustaining a program of research


Dr. Benjamin Schultz-Burkel
Relay Access (WTRS): 7-1-1. See RELAY_SERVICE for further information.

Official Title:

Professor(FA020) or Associate Professor(FA030)



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  The University of Wisconsin is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. We promote excellence through diversity and encourage all qualified individuals to apply.

If you need to request an accommodation because of a disability, you can find information about how to make a request at the following website:

Employment will require a criminal background check. It will also require you and your references to answer questions regarding sexual violence and sexual harassment.

The University of Wisconsin System will not reveal the identities of applicants who request confidentiality in writing, except that the identity of the successful candidate will be released. See Wis. Stat. sec. 19.36(7).

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