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Wadhwani Endowed Chair in Translational Research

University of North Dakota
Grand Forks, North Dakota (US)

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University of North Dakota

School of Medicine and Health Sciences

Wadhwani Endowed Chair in Translational Research


Academic Career & Executive Search is pleased to assist University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences (UND SMHS) in its search for Wadhwani Endowed Chair in Translational Research.

For best consideration, please apply by November 28th.

This is an exciting opportunity for an experienced leader seeking to be a part of a growing academic enterprise on the cutting edge of discovery, learning, and engagement. The Wadhwani Chair in Translational Research will have a critical role in leading and enhancing the clinical and translational research activities of the UND SMHS and developing the infrastructure necessary for these activities to expand and prosper. In addition, the Chair will:

  • Provide leadership and strategic direction on the clinical and translational research efforts across the UND SMHS.
  • Work collaboratively with the dean, chairs, and faculty members in the UND SMHS, and other senior leadership to increase and support clinical trials and translational research.
  • Serve as an important spokesperson for UND SMHS’s research activities on a local, regional, and national level.
  • Facilitate collaborations between UND SMHS faculty and other academic and community partners.
  • Coordinate with the Associate Dean for Research to manage the school’s clinical and translational research enterprise.
  • Support and mentor faculty members engaged in clinical and translational research and assist in their pursuit of excellence in research
  • Develop and connect faculty members with mentors and collaborators engaging in clinical and translational research.
  • Be actively involved in clinical and translational research projects and publish the results of such research in high-impact journals.

This position reports to the Associate Dean for Research and reports to the Chair of department of the director’s respective discipline regarding discipline-specific activities. This position will be within a department to be determined depending upon the qualified applicant’s credentials and interests. This position is a twelve (12) month, tenured, appointment with the University of North Dakota (UND) School of Medicine and Health Sciences (SMHS).  The awarding of tenure requires the approval of the President of the University as well as the State Board of Higher Education.  

Minimum Requirements:

  • MD/DO degree.
  • Strong track record as a Principal Investigator (PI) with a history of research funding and national and international recognition for successful efforts to develop, facilitate, and streamline clinical translational research initiatives.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of clinical and translational research.
  • Strong publication record.
  • Demonstrated experience leading a multi-disciplined team.
  • Successful completion of a criminal history records check.


Preferred Requirements:

  • Excellent interpersonal skills with ability to develop strong partnerships with both internal and external stakeholders and partners, including those in the private sector.
  • Excellent communication and leadership skills.
  • Experience with diverse sources of funding.
  • Experience leading clinical trials.
  • Eligibility for federal funding.
  • Candidates with MD/DO degrees should be eligible for North Dakota licensure.
  • Experience with community engagement.
  • PhD degree.

About the Institution

Founded in 1883, six years before the state itself was established, UND gave North Dakota its name when the former Dakota Territory separated into two distinct states. Today, UND is a busy 521-acre campus with more than 13,600 students and 2,350 dedicated faculty members and staff. A leading economic driver in the state, the University offers high-quality education in more than 225 academic fields across nine different colleges. It nurtures and supports a strong core of liberal arts and sciences and has developed special missions in life sciences, fine arts, aerospace, unmanned flight operations, engineering and energy disciplines. UND focuses on creating world-class academic programs responsive to the needs of not only the state and its residents but also the nation and the world. Our students come from all 50 states and 94 countries. The University’s far-reaching One UND Strategic Plan — with six core values and seven goals leveraged for maximum impact — touches all corners of the University: high-impact learning, research, enrollment, online education, creation of 21st century programs, alumni relations and more.

Living in the Area

Grand Forks, its sister city of East Grand Forks, Minn., and nearby Grand Forks Air Force Base make up the Greater Grand Forks area. Many cite the people as their favorite thing about this college town of more than 65,000, but there’s plenty to see and do. It’s a safe and friendly community that’s as passionate about UND as its students are.

With grassland prairies to the west and Minnesota lakes and forests to the east, Grand Forks has been ranked as one of the most livable cities in the country. Short commutes, a great public school system, low crime, ample parks and theaters, and a cost of living below that found in large American cities are some of Grand Forks’ advantages. Grand Forks consistently ranks high in comparative surveys for business, education, quality of life and community safety, making it an excellent choice for families and professionals alike.

  • 1 Place to Live in North Dakota — Money
  • Top 5 Best Small College Towns — USA Today
  • Best College Town in North Dakota — Far & Wide
  • Top 25 Most Exciting Small Cities in America — Business Insider and Movoto Real Estate
  • Top 10 Biking City — People for Bikes
  • Top 100 of America’s Best Small Cities — CNNMoney
  • America’s Best Hockey Town — SmartAsset (five years in a row)

Greater Grand Forks offers plenty of outdoor recreation, restaurants, nightlife and shopping opportunities. A wide variety of arts organizations, symphony orchestra, galleries, museums and exceptional athletic facilities ensure a vibrant cultural and sporting community. Grand Forks hosts many fun activities year-round. Art on the Red, an outdoor festival held every June, draws about 30,000 people to view art, listen to live music, play games and enjoy the summer weather. Each fall, the community comes together for Potato Bowl week. Activities include the UND Potato Bowl game and the French Fry Feed, where more than 2.5 tons of french fries were served in University Park, setting a new world record in 2015. The city-owned Alerus Center, home of the UND football team, hosts a variety of major events, including conventions, conferences and big-name concerts. Along with the Chester Fritz Auditorium, located on UND’s campus, and the Ralph Engelstad Arena, Grand Forks has hosted some of the biggest names in music — among them, Elton John, Cher, The Eagles, Luke Bryan, Carrie Underwood, Metallica and Aerosmith. The Greenway along the Red River offers 2,200 acres of open, natural settings for four-season recreation. Parks, bike trails, golf courses, tennis courts and swimming pools provide summer recreation, while favorite winter activities and sports include cross country skiing, sledding, snowmobiling, skating and ice hockey. State and national parks and picturesque lakes are found throughout the region, providing excellent hunting and fishing. Plus, Grand Forks is near major metropolitan areas—just under five hours from Minneapolis/St. Paul and about two hours from Winnipeg, Manitoba.

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To Apply

For best consideration, please apply by November 28th.

To be viewed by the search firm, you must apply directly at:

Please do not email applications.  

Applications will be reviewed as they are received and should include a cover letter and curriculum vita. Ideally cover letters should not exceed two pages. All applications are treated confidentially.

In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the US and to complete the required employment eligibility verification form upon hire.  

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Confidentiality of Application Materials 
Note: Pursuant to NDCC 44-04-18.27, applications and any records related to the applications that identify an applicant are confidential, except records related to the finalists of the position, which are open to the public after the search committee has identified the top three finalists who will be invited to campus.

EEO Statement 
UND is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or national origin.  Women, minorities, veterans, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Applicants will be invited to provide information regarding their gender, race and/or ethnicity, veteran’s status and disability status during the application process.  This information will remain confidential and separate from your application.  

Veteran’s Preference 
Veterans claiming preference must submit all proof of eligibility by the closing date. Proof of eligibility includes a DD-214 and if claiming disabled status, a current letter of disability from the VA dated within the last 12 months. 
Clery Statement 
In compliance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, the University of North Dakota publishes an Annual Security and Fire Safety Report. The report includes the university’s policies, procedures, and programs concerning safety and security, as well as three years of crime statistics for our campus.  As a prospective employee, you are entitled to a copy of this report.  The report and statistical data can be found online at  You may also request a paper copy of the report from the UND Police Department located at 3851 Campus Road, Grand Forks, ND 58202. 

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