Chair, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics

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University of Colorado - School of Medicine


The University of Colorado Denver l Anschutz Medical Campus seeks individuals with demonstrated commitment to creating an inclusive learning and working environment. We value the ability to engage effectively with students, faculty and staff of diverse backgrounds.

The University of Colorado School of Medicine invites nominations and applications for the position of Chair of the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics.

The Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics has 22 primary faculty located on the Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora. The department has an international reputation for research excellence, state-of-the art resources, a highly interactive and collaborative culture, and outstanding training programs.

The Department had an annual budget of $17.5 million, approximately 45 percent of which is derived from competitive extramural grants. Research in the department is built on a foundation of innovation and excellence, with strength in RNA biology, structural biology and biochemistry, cancer research, genomics, yeast genetics and molecular biology. Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics faculty participate extensively in medical and graduate student education and postdoctoral training.

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, and one of the largest and most comprehensive biomedical research and clinical care centers in the western United States. The Anschutz Medical Campus is home to 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.

The CU School of Medicine has distinctive and highly productive research programs fueled by more than $421 million in awards per year in grants, including more than $221 million from National Institutes of Health and other federal agencies. The School's total annual clinical and research revenue exceeds $1.5 billion per year. The School of Medicine recently identified five focus areas for research investment, with one-RNA Biology-having extensive involvement of Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics faculty. In addition, the School has invested significant resources to establish a state-of-the-art core facility for structural biology that includes cryo-electron microscopy, x-ray crystallography, NMR, and proteomics and metabolomics. that is managed by the Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics Department.

The Chair reports to the Dean of the School of Medicine and serves on the School of Medicine's Executive Committee. We are seeking a Chair with research experience and leadership skills commensurate with a world class research-focused department. The Chair will be responsible for leading growth in the Department's research portfolio and for promoting collaborative research throughout the School of Medicine and the Anschutz Medical Campus. The Chair is expected to maintain and enhance diversity amongst the Department's faculty, trainees and staff, enhance the Department's educational programs, and assure transparency in the Department's administration, management, budgetary planning and implementation.

The University of Colorado School of Medicine is seeking a Chair for the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics to provide strategic and operational leadership to this Department. Reporting to the Dean of the School of Medicine, and serving on the School of Medicine Executive Committee, the Chair will be responsible for leading a world class research-focused department and for maintaining an outstanding externally funded research program. 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 support academic programs for medical students, graduate students, and postdoctoral teaching and training, as well as research activities of the Department.

The Department chair is expected to work collegially with other chairs and center directors at the School and with colleagues, at the Anschutz Medical Campus and National Jewish Health.

The next Chair of Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics will be responsible for overseeing and maintaining excellence in the Department's educational programs, as well as growing the research programs in collaboration with the School of Medicine and its affiliated hospitals. The position requires excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to bring together a diverse group of individuals to advance the common goals of the Department and the institution. The successful candidate will be a strong leader and have a proven track record of administration, education and research, as well as a keen understanding of the complexities of an academic Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics, and the ability to lead the further growth and development of the Department in all missions.

Major Responsibilities

  • In collaboration with the leadership of the University of Colorado School of Medicine, define the mission and establish the strategic direction for the Department, ensuring the necessary financial and human resources to achieve the agreed-upon objectives.
  • Maintain an internationally recognized externally funded research program
  • Support and enhance inter-departmental graduate and post-doctoral training and the school's undergraduate medical program.
  • 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 from diverse backgrounds. Ensure an atmosphere of support and development for all faculty, with an understanding of the challenges that may face minority faculty.
  • Encourage ethical, professional 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 Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics 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

Research Program: The successful candidate will possess a successful track record in academic research endeavors. This will be demonstrated by:
  • A strong track record of NIH and private research funding
  • Evidence of outstanding peer review publications
  • Demonstration of international and national recognition in their scientific field

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 biochemistry, molecular genetics and/or structural biology 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:

Salary is commensurate with skills and experience. The University of Colorado offers a full benefits package. Information on University benefits programs, including eligibility, is located at Employee Services.

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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.

Special Instructions to Applicants:First consideration will be given to applications received by October 15, 2018. Questions regarding the search may be directed to [email protected]

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

Application Materials Instructions:

Applications are accepted electronically at CU Careers, refer to requisition ID: 14591

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 - 20085 - SOM-BioChem&Molecular Genetics

Schedule: Part-time

Posting Date: Aug 31, 2018

Closing Date: Ongoing

Posting Contact Name: Sarah Miller

Posting Contact Email: [email protected]

Position Number: 00683267





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Posted: 10/31/2018
Application Due: 12/30/2018
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