Chair, Department of Translational Neurosciences (NT/T/TE) (Phoenix, AZ)

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Position Information

Title Chair, Department of Translational Neurosciences (NT/T/TE) (Phoenix, AZ)
Department COM Phx Translational Neurosciences (0687)
Medical Sub-Speciality
Location Greater Phoenix Area
Position Summary

The University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix (UA CoM-P) is seeking an inaugural Chair for its new Department of Translational Neurosciences (TNS). TNS will be a novel medical school department, one that actively bridges basic science and clinical medicine through innovative collaborative research programs. The Chair will have the opportunity to create the overarching vision and, through strategic leadership, to build a center of translational neuroscience excellence. The Department Chair will have resources to recruit TNS faculty who will enhance our University of Arizona Health Sciences (UAHS) scientific community. We seek a visionary leader with expertise in molecular, cellular, or genetic approaches to neuroscience whose research is motivated by the challenges of nervous system disorders and directed toward advancing clinical care and improving human health in the foreseeable future.

UA CoM-P is a young, rapidly growing college, connected by proximity and collaboration to a network of renowned clinical and basic science partners in the Phoenix metropolitan area (Valley of the Sun) and across the state of Arizona. These include the Banner-University Medical Center Phoenix, the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen), Arizona Alzheimer’s Consortium, Barrow Neurological Institute, Banner Alzheimer’s Institute, Phoenix Children’s Hospital, as well as Graduate Programs in Interdisciplinary Neuroscience at Arizona State University and University of Arizona. Within the University of Arizona, the College of Pharmacy, BIO5 Institute, Evelyn F. McKnight Brain Institute and Center for Innovation in Brain Science are outstanding strategic partners. The Chair will foster and strengthen this network to create a distinctive hub for translational neuroscience with widespread impact.

Of particular interest for the Chair of TNS position are applicants with any of the following:

  • Research portfolio focused on molecular, cellular, and/or genetic approaches to neuroscience. Examples of foci include:
    • Neurodevelopmental disorders
    • Neuropsychiatric disorders
    • Disorders of the aging brain
  • Expertise in use of cutting-edge technologies, including, but not exclusive to, patient-specific iPSC lines, CRISPR-Cas9, and in vivo brain imaging.
  • Development and use of new animal models for disorders of the nervous system.
  • Expertise in drug discovery or device development, including advancing to clinical trials.
  • Knowledge of intellectual property issues in biomedical research (e.g., patent applications, working with industry partners).
  • History of productive collaborations with both physicians and basic scientists.
  • For physician candidates, clinically active in specialty.

The University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix anchors the 28-acre Phoenix Biomedical Campus in the heart of the Valley of the Sun. The College inspires and trains individuals to become exemplary physicians, scientists and leaders who are life-long learners and inquisitive scholars. We embrace professionalism, innovation and collaboration to optimize health and health care for all. The Phoenix Biomedical Campus embodies the University’s priorities of engagement, partnership, innovation, and synergy in its world-class academic and research initiatives, with clinical facilities throughout Greater Phoenix. The campus also houses the UA Colleges of Public Health, Pharmacy, and Nursing, as well as Northern Arizona University’s College of Health and Human Services, the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen) and the International Genomics Consortium.

Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, and vision insurance plans; life insurance and disability programs; UA/ASU/NAU tuition reduction for the employee and qualified family members; state and optional retirement plans; access to UA recreation and cultural activities; and more!

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Duties & Responsibilities

The chair reports directly to the Dean of the College of Medicine – Phoenix for all academic activities. The chair will work in close collaboration and partnership with leadership across the CoM-P, UAHS, and the network of clinical and research partners in the Greater Phoenix area.

In collaboration with UA CoM-P leadership, the chair will provide oversight of the following areas:

  • Administrative
    • Define the mission and vision of the inaugural department.
    • Effective management of an active program of independent, extramurally funded research in translational neurosciences.
  • Research
    • Develop and implement a programmatic plan to achieve national distinction in neurosciences.
    • Recruit outstanding scientists to the Department
    • Be responsible for the development and thematic alignment of current neuroscience investigators and laboratories at UA CoM-P
    • Identify avenues for translation of basic science findings to human health with clinical affiliates.
    • Promote synergy with extant programs and centers in the greater Phoenix and Arizona communities in neurodegeneration, neurogenomics, neuroimaging, neuro-oncology, and the neurology/neurosurgery clinical departments.
    • Partner with Tech Launch Arizona to identify intellectual property opportunities and develop diagnostic and therapeutic innovations.
  • Education
    • Contribute to the didactic education and professional training of UA CoM-P medical students
    • Strengthen innovative graduate neuroscience education and research-training programs at UA CoM-P
    • Be a resource for Psychiatry, Neurology and Neurosurgery resident training
  • Faculty Affairs and Mentorship
    • Be responsible for the recruitment, supervision, and retention of translational neuroscience faculty.
    • Mentor junior faculty to enhance extramural funding and collaborative activities.
  • Finances and Budget
    • Be responsible for ensuring the fiscal accountability and sustainability of the department working with the College Finance Office
  • Diversity and Inclusion
    • Be responsible for encouraging and supporting diversity among a department’s constituents, creating an environment of professionalism, respect, tolerance, and acceptance and work in partnership with the Office of Diversity and Inclusion.

NOTE: The duties and responsibilities are intended to describe the general content of and requirements of this position and are not intended to be an exhaustive statement of duties. Specific tasks or responsibilities will be documented as outlined by the incumbent’s immediate manager.

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities

Opportunities and Expectations for Leadership:

  • Building Trust:
    • Clearly articulates a compelling vision of the department’s future.
    • Operates in an ethical manner and holds self and others accountable
    • Demonstrated commitment towards cultural diversity and equal opportunity.
    • Is able to adapt to stress, change, adversity and ambiguity.
  • Fostering Collaboration:
    • Helps people develop shared purposes, fosters an environment of support, and promotes effective team work.
    • Makes productive use of differences by creating a culture where individuals feel safe to disagree.
    • Recruits, engages, develops, and assesses a diverse team to build capacity and high-performance capability.
    • Demonstrates the ability to manage conflict and facilitate solutions.
  • Maximizing Resources:
    • Promotes and supports the ongoing learning and development of the team, in alignment with the departments’ goals and direction.
    • Acts as a catalyst for necessary change to maintain a positive alignment within the College, accreditation, and institutional requirements.
    • Ensures their units/department function effectively, productively, and responsively.
  • Achieving Results:
    • Demonstrates an applied understanding of student affairs policies and its impact on the institution and its programs.
    • Challenges established assumptions, explores new possibilities, and advances creative approaches.
    • Makes decisions in a timely, inclusive and strategic way to advance the department and university.
    • Demonstrated evidence of strong interpersonal and communications skills.
Minimum Qualifications
  • Doctoral degree(s) (PhD and/or MD, or equivalent) from an accredited institution.
  • Eligible for a University of Arizona academic appointment at the full Professor level.
  • Demonstrated track-record of national/international distinction in research discovery in an academic or comparable environment.
  • Established and continuing independent NIH-funded or equivalent sponsored-research portfolio and evidence of high impact scientific research including peer-reviewed journal publications.
  • Demonstrated experience in research leadership, and management expertise, in a department, division, or equivalent, in the field of neuroscience.
  • Evidence of successful and generous mentoring of trainees and junior colleagues.
  • Evidence of successful program building beyond one’s own research group.
  • If a physician, eligible for unrestricted medical licensure in the State of Arizona and board certified in specialty.

If the individual selected for employment does NOT currently hold a faculty title with The University of Arizona College of Medicine-Phoenix, he/she will be required to obtain faculty status. This will include obtaining letters of recommendation and review by the appropriate College review committee.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Demonstrated ability to foster an environment of biomedical innovation, including cross-disciplinary collaborations.
  • Successful track record of recruitment and development of outstanding faculty and trainees.
  • A record of solid performance as a skilled leader with the ability to grow revenues, meet budgets, measure and improve productivity and outcomes, and undertake appropriate administrative strategies to achieve division, department, and/or enterprise, goals.
Rank Professor
Tenure Information Tenure Track (T/TE)
FLSA Exempt
FTE 1.0
Full Time/Part Time Full Time
Number of Hours Worked per Week 40
Benefits Eligible Yes - Full Benefits
Posted Rate of Pay Commensurate with AAMC public school benchmark
Job Category Faculty
Type of criminal background check required: Fingerprint criminal background check (security sensitive due to title or department)

Posting Detail Information

Posting Number F21288
Number of Vacancies One
Desired Start Date
Position End Date (if temporary)
Limited to Current UA Employees No
Contact Information for Candidates

College of Medicine-Phoenix
Office of Human Resources and Business Administration

Open Date 01/19/2018
Close Date
Open Until Filled Yes
Review Begins On 01/29/2018
Special Instructions Summary

The online application should be completed in its entirety. Blank or missed information may be considered an incomplete submission.

Letter of Interest:
Should clearly indicate how your skills and professional employment experience meet the Minimum and the Preferred qualifications (if applicable).

Please list 3 professional references including address, title, phone and email address.

Additional Instructions:
If you currently hold a faculty appointment with the College of Medicine-Phoenix, please include the title in your letter.

If you do NOT currently hold a faculty appointment, please include a statement indicating your interest in applying for a faculty title with The University of Arizona College of Medicine- Phoenix.

Diversity Statement

At the University of Arizona, we value our inclusive climate because we know that diversity in experiences and perspectives is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and creating an inclusive academic community. We translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience and expertise working with diverse students, colleagues and constituencies. Because we seek a workforce with a wide range of perspectives and experiences, we encourage diverse candidates to apply, including people of color, women, veterans, and individuals with disabilities. As an Employer of National Service, we also welcome alumni of AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service programs and others who will help us advance our Inclusive Excellence initiative aimed at creating a university that values student, staff, and faculty engagement in addressing issues of diversity and inclusiveness.

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Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Where did you first learn about this position?
    • Arizona Daily Star
    • Arizona Republic
    • Chronicle of Higher Education
    • Department of Economic Security (DES)
    • Diverse Issues in Higher Education
    • Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education
    • Jobing.Com
    • LinkedIn
    • Local Job Banks
    • Pima County One-Stop
    • Professional Conference
    • Professional journal/publication
    • Referred by UA Employee
    • Invited by Dept to Apply
    • UA Website
    • Other
  2. * Do you realize this job is located in Phoenix, Arizona?
    • Yes
    • No
  3. * Do you have a Doctoral degree(s) (PhD and/or MD, or equivalent) from an accredited institution?
    • Yes
    • No
  4. * Are you eligible for a University of Arizona academic appointment at the full Professor level?
    • Yes
    • No
  5. * Do you have a demonstrated track-record of national/international distinction in research discovery in an academic or comparable environment?
    • Yes
    • No
  6. * Do you have established and continuing independent NIH-funded or equivalent sponsored-research portfolio and evidence of high impact scientific research including peer-reviewed journal publications?
    • Yes
    • No
  7. * Do you have experience in research leadership, and management expertise, in a department, division, or equivalent, in the field of neuroscience?
    • Yes
    • No
  8. * If a physician, are you eligible for unrestricted medical licensure in the State of Arizona and board certified in specialty?
    • Yes
    • No
  9. * Are you currently employed by a Phoenix affiliated hospital or medical center?
    • Yes
    • No
  10. * If you are currently employed at a Phoenix affiliated hospital, what is your employment effort (FTE, or percentage of time)? Please note: Due to the clinical affiliate agreement between The University of Arizona College of Medicine-Phoenix and our affiliate partners, candidates selected for employment must obtain the Chief Administrator's approval for dual employment.

    (Open Ended Question)

  11. * If you currently do NOT hold a faculty title with The University of Arizona-College of Medicine Phoenix, will you be able to obtain a faculty status and letters of recommendation?
    • Yes
    • No

Documents Needed to Apply

Required Documents
  1. Statement of Interest
  2. Curriculum Vitae
Optional Documents