Chair - Immunology & Microbiology

Aurora, CO
Apr 23, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

University of Colorado - School of Medicine

Chair - Immunology & Microbiology

The University of Colorado School of Medicine invites nominations and applications for the Chair of the Department of Immunology and Microbiology.

The University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, one of four campuses in the University of Colorado System, is the major academic medical center in the Rocky Mountain region. With world-class health sciences research, educational and clinical facilities, the CU School of Medicine has established distinctive and highly productive research programs receiving research awards of more than $350 million per year, including more than $200 million from National Institutes of Health and other federal agencies. The School's total annual clinical and research revenue exceeds $1.2 billion per year.

The Department of Immunology and Microbiology has 45 primary faculty located on the Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora and at National Jewish Health in Denver. The Anschutz Medical Campus is home to the Barbara Davis Center for Type 1 Diabetes Research and a NCI-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center as well as UCHealth's University of Colorado Hospital, Children's Hospital Colorado and a new Veterans Affairs Hospital scheduled to open in 2018. The campus is one of the largest and most comprehensive biomedical research and clinical care centers in the western United States.

The Department's 27 faculty on the Anschutz Medical Campus have an annual budget of $12 million, with approximately 80 percent derived from competitive extramural peer-reviewed grants. Department of Immunology and Microbiology faculty participate extensively in medical student, graduate student and postdoctoral training and education, and Department of Immunology and Microbiology faculty lead three T32 training grants. A wide array of research programs are ongoing within the Department, which has an international reputation for research excellence. The School of Medicine recently identified five focus areas for research investment of up to $20 million each; three of these areas have extensive involvement by Immunology and Microbiology faculty.

The Chair of the Department of Immunology and Microbiology reports to the Dean of the School of Medicine and serves on the School of Medicine Executive Committee. This full time position as Chair of Immunology and Microbiology will have research experience and leadership skills suitable for leading a world class research-focused department. The Chair will be responsible for leading additional growth in the Department's research portfolio and enhancing collaborative research throughout the School of Medicine and the Anschutz Medical Campus. The Chair will also oversee, maintain and enhance diversity amongst the faculty, trainees and staff in the Department, enhance excellence in the Department's educational programs and assure transparency in the Department's administration, management, budgetary planning and implementation.

Major Responsibilities:
  • In collaboration with the leadership of the University of Colorado School of Medicine and National Jewish Health, define the mission and establish the strategic direction for the Department, ensuring the necessary financial and human resources to achieve the agreed-upon objectives.
  • Assure that excellent education and advanced training is delivered to the medical students, graduate students and postdoctoral fellows.
  • Define and lead the Department's research strategy by expanding and strengthening research. Support principal investigators and other faculty within the Department in efforts to secure NIH and other grant funding to support research priorities. Ensure a deliberate investment into research activities and priorities within the Department.
  • Supervise, prepare, implement and monitor the Department budget that encompasses all funding sources and ensures compliance with grant, legislative and institutional guidelines.
  • Recruit, hire, and retain outstanding faculty. Ensure an atmosphere of support and development.
  • Encourage ethical practice across the Department.

Critical Competencies for Success:

Leadership: The successful candidate must possess the requisite leadership skills to take a strong department to the next level of academic and operational excellence and create a world class research-focused department committed to an environment of diversity, inclusion and equity. The successful candidate will demonstrate this through:
  • A strong and impassioned vision for building excellence in all aspects of the academic mission;
  • An understanding of and appreciation for the current trends in the field of Immunology and Microbiology and the implications this has for a successful academic department; and
  • The demonstrated ability to administer effectively.

Relationship Building: The successful candidate must be able to build strong relationships with others in an environment where the medical school, other professional schools and hospitals are partners and where the Department must collaborate with other departments to ensure mutual achievement. They will demonstrate this through:

  • An ability to bring together the various constituencies across the facilities that the Department serves;
  • Success at developing cohesiveness amongst individuals and groups across a diverse department;
  • An orientation of strong collaboration.

Mentorship: The successful candidate will possess a track record of success in mentoring and developing trainees and faculty. They will have done this through:
  • A commitment to and active participation in medical, graduate student and postdoctoral education;
  • A strong track record of faculty and department-wide programmatic development;
  • A track record of successful mentorship; and
  • An outstanding ability to identify, recruit and retain the next generation of superior faculty members.

Other Personal Characteristics
  • The highest integrity and personal ethics.
  • A commitment to service within the community.
  • Outstanding communication skills, both oral and written.
  • Strong organization and process-management skills.


Minimum Requirements:

Doctorate with a focus on immunology and/or microbiology and a strong track record of research accomplishments and independent funding, meeting the requirements for a faculty appointment at the Professor level.

Salary and Benefits:

The hiring salary for this position is negotiable and commensurate with skills and experience. The University of Colorado offers a full benefits package. Information on University benefits programs, including eligibility, is located at (FOR BENEFITS ELIGIBLE POSITIONS ONLY)

The University of Colorado Denver Anschutz Medical Campus is dedicated to ensuring a safe and secure environment for our faculty, staff, students and visitors. To assist in achieving that goal, we conduct background investigations for all prospective employees.

The University of Colorado Denver Anschutz Medical Campus is committed to recruiting and supporting a diverse student body, faculty and administrative staff. The university strives to promote a culture of inclusiveness, respect, communication and understanding. We encourage applications from women, ethnic minorities, persons with disabilities and all veterans. The University of Colorado is committed to diversity and equality in education and employment.

The Immigration Reform and Control Act requires that verification of employment eligibility be documented for all new employees by the end of the third day of work. Alternative formats of this ad are available upon request for persons with disabilities.

Special Instructions to Applicants:Questions should be directed to Carolyn Goble at APPLICATION DEADLINE: Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

Reference checks are a standard step in our hiring process. You may be asked to provide contact information, including e-mail addresses, for up to 5 references if you are referred to the Hiring Authority for an interview. We will notify you prior to contacting both on and off-list references.

Application Materials Required:Cover Letter, Resume/CV, List of References

Application Materials Instructions:

Applications are accepted electronically at CU Careers, refer to requisition ID: 07750

When applying, applicants must include:
  1. A letter of application which specifically addresses the job requirements and outlines qualifications
  2. A current Resume/CV
  3. The names, addresses, daytime telephone numbers and e-mail addresses for three professional references, either attached to your resume/CV or uploaded as a separate document
Please be advised that the University does check references as part of the employment process.

Please do not submit any of your application material (via email) to the job posting contact.

Job Category: Faculty

Primary Location: Aurora

Department: H0001 -- Anschutz Medical Campus - 21577 - SOM-Immunology Microbiology

Schedule: Part-time

Posting Date: Dec 6, 2016

Closing Date: Ongoing

Posting Contact Name: Carolyn Goble

Posting Contact Email:

Position Number: 00665127


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