Fellow Position

PeDRA Fellow
Position Description June 2017

Background
In response to unmet research needs in pediatric dermatology that require collaborative, multicenter efforts, leaders of the Society for Pediatric Dermatology (SPD) created the Pediatric Dermatology Research Alliance (PeDRA) in 2012. PeDRA is a research arm of SPD, which also functions as PeDRA’s fiscal manager.

PeDRA is a network that multiplies the power of individual researchers by linking them together in collaborative studies. It is a rapidly growing organization, run by leading dermatologists in the United States and Canada. These professionals dedicate and volunteer time to lead PeDRA through a variety of working committees and task forces.
Study groups have formed to conduct priority research projects, each with collaborating investigators from different institutions. Co-chairs, the Executive Committee and Board of Directors set direction for the Alliance and oversee planning and implementation of goals.

Description of responsibilities
PeDRA has retained a part-time executive director to manage the organization, oversee administrative functions and fundraise. We contract some time from a membership project manager, and from a research coordinator. To assist with PeDRA’s work, we have established an opportunity for a clinical researcher, dermatology resident, or a pediatric dermatology fellow to become the 2017 “PeDRA Fellow.”  This 2017 PeDRA Fellow will support PeDRA strategic task forces, working with the task force chairs to schedule these meetings, attend and take notes. The PeDRA Fellow will also have the opportunity to become a part of one PeDRA study group based on his /her research areas of interest, and will be guided by the leader of the work group area, and/or a principal investigator. The PeDRA Fellow will also be part of a support team to the PeDRA Annual Conference, and help the Executive Director on specific tasks.

PeDRA’s areas of research focus can be found here http://pedraresearch.org/research-areas.

Position location
PeDRA is a virtual organization without a physical “bricks and mortar” office. PeDRA leaders come from all areas of the US and Canada, with the 2017 Co-Chairs based in California and Wisconsin. Most PeDRA business is conducted via conference call and email.  An annual conference draws ~ 120 pediatric dermatologists, investigator clinicians, and is planned for October 2017 in Denver, CO.

If you are interested in this position, please contact Sheila Rittenberg, Executive Director, sheila.rittenberg@pedraresearch.org by July 11, 2017 with your CV and why you feel this opportunity is a good fit for your career.