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Penn State Childrens Hospital, Department of Pediatrics and Penn State College of Medicine in Hershey, PA, is recruiting a Research Scientist or physician-scientist who will serve as a faculty member in the Center for the Protection of Children (CPC). The successful candidate will have an established record of accomplishment and national reputation for clinically-related research in the area of child maltreatment. Researchers from Pediatrics (specifically Child Abuse Pediatrics), or other medical specialties whose research focuses on child maltreatment issues will be considered, as will researchers from fields such as psychology, epidemiology, neuroscience and other basic sciences. Broadly relevant programmatic research areas will be considered, but those that integrate well with the clinical and research priorities of the CPC and the Network on Child Protection and Well-Being (the Network) are preferred.

An attractive start-up package includes 50-75% protected research time, with opportunities to build new collaborations with Network faculty at the College of Medicine and University Park campuses.

The CPC currently includes Board Certified child abuse pediatricians, general pediatricians, social workers, psychologists and support staff. The CPC is accredited by the ACGME for a Child Abuse Pediatrics Fellowship. Clinical venues include Penn State Childrens Hospital and Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center the regions only level 1 Pediatric Trauma Center, which provides the full complement of pediatric specialties that support clinical practice. The Penn State Health Transforming the Lives of Children (TLC) clinic in nearby Harrisburg offers evidence-based mental health services, serves as the clinical research site for investigating best practices in mental health assessment and treatment of traumatized children, harsh parenting, as well as sexual behavior problems in children. The clinic employs psychologists (clinical and research) and masters level trauma trained therapists, has an active psychology post-doctoral training program, and provides internships in psychology and social work. A strong collaboration with Pinnacle Health Childrens Resource Center (an NCA accredited Childrens Advocacy Center) is in place and provides further clinical and research opportunities.

Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, Penn State College of Medicine and Penn State Hershey Children's Hospital are committed to enhancing the quality of life through improved health, the professional preparation of those who will serve the health needs of others, and the discovery of knowledge that will benefit all. Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center is a 551-bed Level I regional trauma center. As Central Pennsylvanias only academic medical center and home to Penn State Hershey Childrens Hospital and Penn State College of Medicine, we are looked to as a resource for the most complex adult and pediatric cases. We have earned ANCC Magnet Recognition, which confirms our commitment to provide a professional environment that supports staff development and quality patient care.