Dean, Division of Biological Sciences

University of California San Diego
La Jolla, California
Commensurate with experience.
Jan 17, 2018
Executive Administration Jobs
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

The University of California, San Diego seeks a highly accomplished, strategic and collaborative leader to serve as its next dean of the Division of Biological Sciences. Recent years have shown continued excellence and substantial growth in faculty, students and external funding. This is an extraordinary opportunity for the next dean to build upon a strong foundation of excellence to advance knowledge of the basic biological sciences and apply research discoveries in ways that improve human health, protect the environment and enrich the economy while educating and preparing a diverse population of students to become the scientists, physicians, medical researchers and educators of the future.

The UC San Diego Biological Sciences program is ranked eighth in the nation by U.S. News & World Report, and its Cell, Molecular, Genetics Ph.D. program is ranked first in the nation by the National Research Council in its most recent survey. The division’s 101 internationally-renowned research faculty have garnered an average of $35.5 million in extramural research funding per year over the past three years and maintain vital collaborations across the university with the School of Medicine, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, the Jacobs School of Engineering, and beyond. Likewise, they cultivate strong local partnerships with the Salk Institute of Biological Studies, with which the division has a joint graduate program, the Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute, the Scripps Research Institute, and the La Jolla Institute for Allergy and Immunology, among others. Their pioneering wok – exemplified by the new Tata Institute for Genetics and Society – is addressing some of the world’s most pressing challenges in human health and the environment.

Established in 1960, UC San Diego now ranks as one of the top 15 research universities in the world with a commitment to driving innovation and change to advance society, propel economic growth, and make the world a better place. Research expenditures exceed $1 billion annually, placing the University 6th in the nation for total research output by the journal Nature in their 2016 index; and 5th in the nation for total research and development expenditures by the National Science Foundation. UC San Diego helps sustain an active, entrepreneurial ecosystem in the surrounding community with 2,900 inventions disclosed and 650 companies formed around technologies spun-out from the University. In 2017, UC San Diego was designated as a Changemaker Campus by Ashoka University for its role as a leader in social innovation education.

The new dean will provide academic, intellectual, and administrative leadership to the division of Biological Sciences and promote the highest levels of excellence in research, teaching, and service. UC San Diego seeks a candidate with a national or international reputation and outstanding scholarly credentials, an exemplary record of fostering excellence in research and teaching, an enthusiasm for forging new opportunities for industry partnerships, sponsored research, cross-disciplinary collaboration and alumni engagement, and an ability and passion to nurture a collegial community where diversity, equity and inclusion are vital to excellence.

Inquiries, nominations and applications are invited. Review of applications will begin immediately, and will continue until the position is filled. For fullest consideration, applicant materials should be received by March 23, 2018. Candidates should provide a curriculum vitae, a letter of application that addresses the responsibilities and requirements described in the Leadership Profile, a diversity statement (see Contributions to Diversity for more information) and the five references. References will not be contacted without prior knowledge and approval of candidates. These materials should be sent electronically via e-mail to UC San Diego’s consultants Suzanne Teer and Brian Bloomfield at: A detailed Leadership Profile can be found at

The University of California San Diego is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. Diversity is a defining feature of the University of California, which embraces it as a source of strength. Differences – of race, ethnicity, gender, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, socioeconomic status, abilities, experience and more – enhance the university’s ability to achieve its core missions of public service, teaching, and research. UC welcomes faculty, staff and students from all backgrounds and wants everyone at UC to feel respected and valued. The President of the University of California endorsed the most recent diversity statement in 2010.

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