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Assistant Professor – Chancellor's Joint Initiative: Geroscience & Public Health

Application Window

Open date: March 2, 2022

Most recent review date: Monday, Aug 15, 2022 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.

Final date: Thursday, Mar 2, 2023 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.

Position description

UC San Diego – School of Medicine (Department of Medicine) and the Herbert Wertheim School of Public Health and Human Longevity Science
The Division of Geriatrics, Gerontology, and Palliative Care in the School of Medicine (https://medschool.ucsd.edu/som/medicine/divisions/Geriatrics/Pages/default.aspx) and the School of Public Health (https://hwsph.ucsd.edu/) at UC San Diego invite applications for a joint hire for a tenure-track faculty position, at the rank of Assistant Professor.

The focus of this search is “Geroscience”, a field which seeks to understand biological mechanisms of aging to develop strategies that can delay the onset of multiple, rather than individual, age-related chronic diseases and conditions. New insights into the biological underpinnings of aging have tremendous potential to impact the development of promising prognostic tools and treatments for age-related conditions. These opportunities require interdisciplinary teams with complementary expertise in translational research, clinical trials, and human cohort studies. Successful candidates will be expected to establish a vigorous program of high-quality externally funded research. Specific focus areas include, but are not limited to: multi-omics, bioinformatics, epigenetics, and biodemography.

The Department of Medicine is a leading center for clinical care, research, and teaching. We are dedicated to translating laboratory discoveries into better methods to detect, prevent and treat disease. As part of a research-intensive academic medical center, we offer training programs in both general internal medicine and subspecialties in an inclusive, rich educational environment. With nearly 500 full-time faculty members and over 100 academic researchers, the Department of Medicine is the largest of the distinguished departments in the UC San Diego School of Medicine. Our Geriatrics program was ranked 13th out of more than 1500 national programs in the 2020-2021 U.S. News & World Report. Partnerships with research groups across the UCSD campus and with local research Institutes further strengthen the Division’s research program.

The Herbert Wertheim School of Public Health and Human Longevity Science at UC San Diego has focal areas of Behavioral Medicine, Biostatistics & Bioinformatics, Epidemiology, Global Health, Health Policy, Health Equity, Public Mental Health, and Climate and Environmental Health. The School has strong collaborative research programs facilitated by Research Centers of Excellence focused on Health Promotion and Equity, Women's Health, Tobacco Control, and Wireless and Population Health Systems and has extensive collaborations with the School of Medicine, Skaggs School of Pharmacy, Jacobs School of Engineering, the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, Moores Cancer Center, the Altman Clinical and Translational Research Institute, and with other partners across the UC San Diego campus. Partnerships with the community and health agencies are fundamental to the School’s mission.

The UCSD School of Medicine and School of Public health are committed to academic excellence and diversity among our faculty, staff, and trainees.

The successful candidate will be expected to:

  1. Build and maintain a high quality, extramurally funded research program.
  2. Teach classroom courses in the School of Public Health (1-2 per year) related to the field of geroscience and achieve excellence in the teaching and mentorship of undergraduate students, graduate students, and/or fellows.
  3. Provide service to the University and broader academic community at a level commensurate with his/her career stage.
  4. Contribute to a collegial and collaborative academic environment with a focus on promotion of justice, diversity, equity and inclusion.

In addition, candidates must also demonstrate a commitment to equity and inclusion in higher education and have a well-articulated plan of contributing to programs that increase access and success of underrepresented students and faculty in the sciences. A successful candidate will likely have already participated in, contributed to, or created such programs. A successful candidate will also have served as a role model in mentoring others, with a commitment to helping shape and expand the University's diversity initiatives (http://diversity.ucsd.edu/).

Appointment will be at the Assistant Professor rank.

A link to full description of the series is provided for your review:

Ladder Rank Professor - see: http://www.ucop.edu/academic-personnel-programs/_files/apm/apm-220.pdf

Salary is commensurate with qualifications and based on the University of California pay scales. As a member of the Health Sciences Compensation Plan, the appointee should be aware that there are limitations on outside professional activities and clinical moonlighting is expressly prohibited. Additional information can be found here: https://www.ucop.edu/academic-personnel-programs/_files/apm/apm-671.pdf

For applicants with interest in spousal/partner employment, please see http://aps.ucsd.edu/services/pop/index.html for the UC San Diego Partner Opportunities Program.

Qualifications

Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

Candidates must have a PhD, and/or MD degree (or equivalent), postdoctoral experience, and a track record of research excellence. Candidates with expertise in establishing clinical studies and utilizing biorepositories and clinical data to better understand the genetic, molecular, and cellular mechanisms that underlie common chronic conditions and diseases affecting older adults.

Preferred qualifications

Preferred candidates will have experience in collaborative geroscience research focused on older adults.

Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Cover Letter - Must include evidence of career potential through publication record

  • Statement of Research

  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity - Applicants should summarize their past or potential contributions to diversity. See our Faculty Equity site for more information.

  • Teaching Evaluations - From courses taught in past two years (if available)
    (Optional)

  • COVID-19 Impact Statement - We understand that the COVID-19 pandemic may have had a substantial impact on academic productivity. In our academic hiring processes, we will be keeping this in mind as we consider achievement relative to opportunity. We encourage you to reflect on constraints on opportunity in your field that were caused by the events of the pandemic and where applicable, to discuss your achievements in this light.
    (Optional)

  • Misc / Additional (Optional)

Reference requirements
  • 3-5 required (contact information only)
Apply link: https://apol-recruit.ucsd.edu/JPF03100

Help contact: sthai@ucsd.edu

Campus Information

The University of California, San Diego is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer advancing inclusive excellence. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, covered veteran status, or other protected categories covered by the UC nondiscrimination policy.

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