Chair, Department of Microbiology, Immunology, and Molecular Genetics

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Job Title:

Chair, Department of Microbiology, Immunology, and Molecular Genetics

Requisition Number:


Department Name:

7H400:Microbiology, Immunology & Molecular Gen

Work Location:

Lexington, KY

Type of Position:


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Tenure Track Status:

Tenure Track

Required Education:

The selected candidate must have a PhD, MD, MD/PhD, or an equivalent advanced degree in biomedical sciences.

Required Related Experience:

We seek a national, and preferably internationally recognized scholar, with a sustained record of extramurally peer-reviewed research funding. Qualified candidates must have academic accomplishments that merit appointment at the rank of Professor with Tenure.

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Job Summary:

The University of Kentucky is seeking a Chair, Department of Microbiology, Immunology, and Molecular Genetics. The successful candidate will report to Dean Robert DiPaola and must be able to lead, advocate, and advance all missions of the department of microbiology, immunology, and molecular genetics, preferably as demonstrated by previous leadership experience.

Since 2016, the College of Medicine’s research funding from the National Institutes of Health has doubled to reach over $129 million, with more than $200 million in total external awards, paving the way for groundbreaking discoveries to improve the health and wellness of Kentuckians. The candidate who is selected will possess excellent records of research productivity and extramurally peer-reviewed research funding in order to help the College of Medicine continue the progress in its strategic plan through transformative research, all while enhancing our reputation as a national academic medical center of excellence.

Along with research experience, the candidate should hold academic accomplishments that merit appointment at the rank of professor with tenure, as well as national – and, if applicable – international recognition. The selected candidate should be able to practice excellent written and oral communication skills to effectively lead the department’s 21 faculty members, as well as to collaborate with chairs of other College of Medicine departments.

Specific roles of this position include:
•Directing all aspects of the department, providing vision, leadership, and guidance for academic and research programs.
•Building on existing strengths within the department by recruiting and mentoring new faculty recruits.
•Promoting interdisciplinary programs in infectious disease, inflammation, and immunotherapy.
•Fostering new collaborations across both basic science and clinical departments.
•Overseeing departmental educational programs and teaching, which includes instruction at the undergraduate, graduate, and professional level.
•Performing administrative duties including conducting performance evaluations, managing personnel, and working with the department’s administrative team to formulate and stay within budgets.

Please include a CV and cover letter along with application. Applications will be reviewed upon receipt and continue until the position is filled.

Skills / Knowledge / Abilities:

The ability to lead, advocate, and advance all missions of the Department of Microbiology, Immunology, and Molecular Genetics, preferably as demonstrated by previous leadership experience. Effective communications skills (written and oral) with both large and small audiences and with individuals.

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Open Until Filled:


University Community of Inclusion:

The University of Kentucky is committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce by ensuring all our students, faculty, and staff work in an environment of openness and acceptance. We strive to foster a community where people of all backgrounds, identities, and perspectives can feel secure and welcome. We also value the well-being of each of our employees and are dedicated to creating a healthy place to work, learn and live. In the interest of maintaining a safe and healthy environment for our students, employees, patients and visitors the University of Kentucky is a Tobacco & Drug Free campus.

As an Equal Opportunity Employer, we strongly encourage veterans, individuals with disabilities, women, and all minorities to consider our employment opportunities.

Any candidate offered a position may be required to pass pre-employment screenings as mandated by University of Kentucky Human Resources. These screenings may include a national background check and/or drug screen.




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Posted: 7/19/2020
Application Due: 5/13/2021
Work Type: Full Time