School of Medicine - Open Rank - Vice Chair of Research
University of Alabama, Birmingham
Location: Birmingham, Alabama
Internal Number: 10488
Position Number: 55555
School/College: School of Medicine
It is with great enthusiasm and optimism for the future that we announce we are seeking candidates for the position of Endowed Vice Chair for Research in the University of Alabama at Birmingham Marnix E. Heersink School of Medicine Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine.
The department is a top-tier academic anesthesia department, recognized for excellence in all academic pillars including outstanding clinical care, quality resident and fellowship education, and eminence in research. According to the Blue Ridge Institute for Medical Research, the department ranks within the top 18 in National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding with more than $5 million. Our basic and translational research faculty (members of our Division of Molecular and Translational Biomedicine) are internationally recognized in research areas that include neurobiology of pain, organ injury and repair, targeted and global clinical proteomics and bioinformatics, health disparities and development of new therapies for pain, and lung and cardiovascular disease. Additionally, we have eight endowed professorships and chairs, as well as three Editors-in-Chief of high-impact journals (Anesthesia and Analgesia,Molecular Pain, and Physiological Reviews).
Our research footprint extends over 6,000 square feet of recently renovated laboratory space with the most advanced equipment in the second and third floor of the Biomedical Research Building II. A vivarium, under the supervision of veterinarians and animal technicians, is located in the basement of this building. A nearby facility capable of housing highly pathogenic agents (including influenza and SARS CoV-2) is located adjacent to the building.
The department has established a strong infrastructure for clinical, health services, and data science research, having recently recruited two data scientists and an epidemiologist. Moreover, the recent appointment of a new Director of Clinical Research – as well an internal program of funding collaborative basic, translational, and clinical research – has significantly enhanced the submission of highly competitive grants to extramural agencies and original research to high-impact journals. Finally, our departmental information technology infrastructure is robust and the envy of our institution and other departments.
We are seeking an internationally recognized clinician/translational scientist (with a M.D., D.V.M., or Ph.D. degree) with an established track record of submitting and obtaining grants from NIH, DoD and pharmaceutical companies, and high-impact publications. It is critical that they also demonstrate the ability to work with and mentor clinical and postdoctoral fellows as well as clinical and basic science faculty. Demonstration of ability to organize faculty from various departments to submit program grants will also be highly valued. Academic rank and tenure status will be determined based on experience and qualifications.
The successful candidate will be a critical member of the departmental leadership team and need to foster both intra- and interdepartmental collaborations, as well as inter-institutional program development. The candidate will need to be a broad and innovative thinker who has a vision of the importance of scientific endeavor to sustaining and building the future of our specialty. The successful candidate will be offered an Endowed Chair, sufficient laboratory space, and funds to develop their own research programs and those of the faculty members of our department.
In alignment with the UAB Marnix E. Heersink School of Medicine's mission to reflect the diversity of our community and meet the needs of our diverse population, candidates are required as part of the application process to provide a statement that is up to one page single-spaced describing their contributions to promote diversity and inclusion.
UAB is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer committed to fostering a diverse, equitable and family-friendly environment in which all faculty and staff can excel and achieve work/life balance irrespective of, race, national origin, age, genetic or family medical history, gender, faith, gender identity and expression as well as sexual orientation. UAB also encourages applications from individuals with disabilities and veterans.
Assignment Category: Full-Time
Tenure Status: Open Tenure
MD, PhD, DVM, or equivalent
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In fall 2018, UAB had a third consecutive year of record-high over all enrollment with 21,923 students, including its largest freshman class ever (2,299), with enrollment growth in every school on campus and in the acclaimed UAB Honors College. The freshman class had an average ACT of 25.2 and GPA of 3.73- both higher than 2017. UAB's students are talented and diverse, with minority students making up 40.5 percent of the freshman class and 39.7 percent of the entire of the student body. Logo Logo UAB is was recently recognized as the Top Young University in the U.S. and 10th globally in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings. UAB research expenditures are at a record high, exceeding $562 million in FY17, and UAB ranks 15th in federal funding nationally among public universities (top 4 percent) and 31st overall (top 5 percent). In National Institutes of Health funding, UAB ranks 8th among public universities (top 2 percent) and 23rd overall (top 4 percent) with more than $244 million. UAB Health system has over one million patient visits annually and is home to Alabama's largest hospital and the 3rd largest public hospital in the U.S. UAB houses the state's only level ...1 adult trauma center and the only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center in Alabama and a five-state region. UAB is the state's largest single-site employer, with more than 23,000 employees, and has an annual economic impact of over $7.15 billion on Alabama.