Professor, HI3 Autoimmunity Program Director

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Universityof Colorado – School of Medicine

Full Professor

HI3 Autoimmunity Program Director


Nature of Work:

The University of Colorado School of Medicine (CU SOM) Dean’sOffice recently awarded the Human Immunology and Immunotherapy Initiative (HI3)$20M through the Academic Enrichment Fund to establishpreeminence in human immune system-targeted therapies. To make the CUSOM a leader in human immunology research and clinical applications thereof, theHI3 aims to build research and clinical infrastructure that will include humanimmune monitoring capabilities, translational research networking, access topre-clinical models (e.g. humanized mice and human tissue), the ability toproduce GMP immunotherapeutics, research training efforts, and facultyrecruitment focused on basic human immunology, cancer immunotherapy, andautoimmunity.

The HI3 seeks a Director for the HI3 AutoimmunityProgram. This is a tenure-eligible faculty position at the full professorlevel in the University of Colorado School of Medicine. The primary duties includethe development and growth of a HumanAutoimmune Disease Pathogenesis and Prevention Program alongside the developmentof a strong, externally funded research program that addresses mechanisms of autoimmunitywith a specific focus on translational research in one of the major humanautoimmune diseases. Commensurate responsibilities include the organization ofclinical, clinical research and biorepository activities as well as diseasepathogenesis and prevention studies in collaboration with the Anschutz MedicalCenter health care systems. Faculty will also teach medical and graduatestudents as well as postdoctoral trainees and clinical fellows.  Candidates should have extensive research interestsand experience in human immunology, autoimmunity, immunotherapy and/or patient responsesto immunotherapy.

Supervision Received:

The individual holding this position will report directlyto the Chair of the appointing Department and the Director of the HI3.

Supervision Provided:

This individualwill be responsible for the daily management, supervision, training andevaluation of personnel (such as graduate students, postdoctoral fellows andprofessional research assistants) whose positions are funded by research grantson which s/he is the principal investigator. Additional responsibilitiesinclude oversight and organization of human autoimmune disease translationalpathogenesis and clinical disease prevention programs.

Duties and Responsibilities:

The duties of the successful candidate will befourfold.  First and foremost, theindividual will take on a new and prominent leadership role within the HI3 asthe Director of the Autoimmunity Program. Stakeholders in the HI3 include faculty membersin a wide array of Departments and Sections on the Anschutz Medical Campus,many of whom play important leadership roles within the School of Medicine, theUniversity of Colorado Health, Children’s Hospital of Colorado, and theNCI-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center. Active collaborations exist amongfaculty affiliated with multiple SOM Departments, as well as the School ofPharmacy, the Colorado Center for Personalized Medicine, the Gates BiomanufacturingCenter, ClinImmune Labs, and the Barbara Davis Center. There are numerous excitingopportunities to unify and leverage activities of multiple groups on campusaround human immune innovation and the development and expansion of a Human Autoimmune Disease Pathogenesis andPrevention Program. Second, the individual is expected todevelop a productive and cutting edge, externally funded research program inhuman autoimmune disease. This responsibility will include keeping abreast ofcurrent literature, formulating long- and short-term research goals, designingand performing appropriate experiments to achieve these goals, evaluatinglaboratory data and protocols, preparing and submitting manuscripts based onresearch conducted within the lab, and preparing and submitting grantapplications to appropriate federal or private agencies to secure funding for theresearch program.  It is important thatindividual interact effectively with other members of the scientific andclinical research communities and establish fruitful research collaborations.The individual is expected to present research in all appropriate venues toincrease the awareness of research being performed in the lab, and tofacilitate collaborative interactions. Third, the individual will carry outteaching responsibilities for medical and graduate students as well aspostdoctoral fellows and clinical fellows as assigned by the department chairand performed under the supervision of designated directors for individualcourses. Fourth, as a secondary but still important responsibility, theindividual is expected to participate in service activities within thedepartment, the university and the broader scientific community that contributeto the accomplishment of department and university missions, and that promotethe success and welfare of the broader scientific and medical community.Clinical care duties are not mandatory but are possible to support the researchmission of the individual.

Working Conditions:

Someflexibility in working schedule may be necessary for this position, but no‘on-call’ or shift work is required for this position. Candidates who haveclinical duties will become members of the University Physicians Incorporated(UPI) and serve clinical roles consistent with the Department in which s/he isappointed.


Thisposition requires an MD and/or MD/PhD degree or comparable doctoral degree inthe biomedical sciences with at least two years of post-doctoral experience withinthe field of human autoimmunity. Experience in immunology, molecular biology, cell biology, biochemistryand/or a closely related field is essential. Priority will be given tocandidates with demonstrated experience investigating the molecular and/orcellular basis of human autoimmune disease pathogenesis. The applicant must behighly motivated, have good interpersonal skills, and have experience insupervising or training of research personnel. For a Director level position,experience in developing and leading human autoimmune disease-focused researchprograms is required.

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.

The University of Colorado Denver 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 strongly supports the principle of diversity. 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.

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Job Category: Faculty
Primary Location: Aurora
Schedule: Full-time
Posting Date: Jan 12, 2017
Unposting Date: Ongoing




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Posted: 2/9/2019
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