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Department of Anesthesia Director of Pain Psychology

Application Window

Open date: March 11, 2024

Most recent review date: Wednesday, Apr 10, 2024 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.

Final date: Thursday, Sep 11, 2025 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.

Position description

Department of Anesthesia Director of Pain Psychology

The UCSF Department of Anesthesia and Perioperative Care seeks an accomplished psychologist to serve as the Director of Pain Psychology. This full-time faculty position is available at the rank of Assistant, Associate, or Full Professor.

The Director of Pain Psychology will lead the pain psychology program housed in the UCSF Pain Management Center, which operates under the auspices of the Department of Anesthesia and Perioperative Care, Division of Pain Medicine. This important position requires a passionate and innovative psychologist with exceptional clinical, academic, and administrative skills –and should be a recognized leader in pain psychology. The ideal candidate will demonstrate experience in multi-disciplinary care, faculty development and recruitment, scholarship, community engagement, and in training the next generation of leaders in pain psychology and pain medicine.

Responsibilities for the Director of Pain Psychology will include the following:

  • Foster a high standard of pain psychology care at the UCSF Pain Management Center.
  • Foster innovative new pain psychology care models, within the department and in collaboration with other departments.
  • Foster clinical research in pain psychology among faculty working at the UCSF Pain Management Center and broadly within the Department of Anesthesia & Perioperative Care.
  • Mentor junior pain psychology faculty within the practice and foster retention of existing faculty.
  • Foster educational programs for trainees in pain psychology and pain medicine
  • Collaborate on all of the above with the Medical Director, nursing manager, administrative director of the Pain Management Center as well as the Division Chief of Pain Medicine in the Department of Anesthesia and Perioperative Care About UCSF Department of Anesthesia and Perioperative Care.

The Department of Anesthesia and Perioperative Care faculty work as a part of a team emphasizing high quality, patient-centered care with a focus on evidence-based medicine. This outstanding opportunity is a chance to be a part of one of the most preeminent anesthesia departments in the world. UCSF has a storied history of innovation in anesthesia, critical care, and pain medicine. We are enormously proud of our tradition of excellent patient care, research, and education.

We are enormously proud of our tradition of excellent patient care, research, and education. Our department is committed to supporting our people through a culture and work environment that fosters well-being. We recognize that a systems approach is necessary to succeed, and we are dedicated to creating positive work and learning environments that allow all clinicians to thrive. We cultivate well-being which aligns with the strategic priorities of UCSF Health under the True North Pillar, “Our People".

Our department philosophy is also aligned with UCSF campus leadership in the areas of recruiting, retaining, and celebrating individuals traditionally under-represented in the health sciences, LGBTQ+, and individuals with disabilities, to better reflect the diversity of the population we serve in the San Francisco Bay Area. We further recognize that successfully recruiting people to join our team is not the end of the story. It is also critical that we provide an environment in which all individuals in our workforce and trainee programs experience a professional, supportive, collaborative, and open environment and can thrive. We are dedicated to the ongoing pursuit of these goals.

The successful candidate must meet all the following qualifications by time of hire:

  • PhD in Psychology.
  • Completion of postdoctoral training in health psychology, with a preference for an APA-accredited clinical fellowship in pain psychology.
  • Licensed to practice in California.
  • Applicants’ materials must list current and/or pending qualifications upon submission.

The posted UC salary scales set the minimum pay determined by rank and step at appointment. See Table 5. The minimum base salary range for this position is $112,500 - $297,200. This position includes membership in the health sciences compensation plan which provides for eligibility for additional compensation. The total negotiated salary for this position will include the base salary plus the negotiated component, determined at the time of offer.

Document requirements:

Reference requirements:

  • 3 required (contact information only)

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Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - CV must clearly list current and/or pending qualifications (e.g. board eligibility/certification, medical licensure, etc.).

  • Cover Letter

  • Statement of Research

  • Statement of Teaching

  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity - Please see the following page for more details: Contributions to Diversity Statement

  • Misc / Additional (Optional)

Reference requirements
  • 3 required (contact information only)

About UC San Francisco

As a University employee, you will be required to comply with all applicable University policies and/or collective bargaining agreements, as may be amended from time to time. Federal, state, or local government directives may impose additional requirements.

UC San Francisco seeks candidates whose experience, teaching, research, or community service has prepared them to contribute to our commitment to diversity and excellence. The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status.

Job location

San Francisco. CA