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Associate or Full Professor - Director of the Stein Institute for Research for Aging

Position overview

Position title: Director of the Stein Institute for Research on Aging
Salary range: The posted UC Salary scales set the minimum pay at the appointment as determined by appointment type and if applicable, rank and/or step. The base pay range for this position is $250,000-$400,000. Salary is negotiated annually. Additional compensation may be available if the position includes membership in the Health Sciences Compensation Plan. UC Salary information can be found here:

Application Window

Open date: April 25, 2023

Most recent review date: Sunday, Jun 18, 2023 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: Wednesday, Apr 24, 2024 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 Health Sciences is committed to academic, scientific, and clinical excellence and diversity within the faculty, staff, and student body and is one of three academic units at UC San Diego. Health Sciences includes three professional schools (medicine, pharmacy, and public health); more than 30 research institutes; and a growing clinical practice that includes two hospitals, all working toward fulfilling the Health Sciences’ tripartite mission. Led by the Vice Chancellor for Health Sciences, it accounts for the majority of the University’s research and philanthropic portfolios and serves as the top healthcare system in the San Diego region. Health Sciences has more than 1,700 faculty members, 1,000 residents and fellows, 800 medicine and pharmacy students, 1,500 graduate students, and 1,000 undergraduate public health majors. Its academic programs rank among the best in the country for primary care and research.

UC San Diego seeks in its next Stein Institute for Research on Aging Director. This position serves as an inspirational scientific leader with a deep background in aging, including both research and administrative experience, to work closely with faculty, staff, and administrators within the Stein Institute and beyond, fostering excellence in research and discovery, training, and community outreach to promote healthy aging. The director will work closely with staff, fellows, trainees, and faculty members to ensure the mission of the Institute, which is to advance lifelong health and well-being through innovative healthy aging research, aging training, and community outreach. The director leads the Stein Institute for Research on Aging, providing overall strategic and intellectual direction for the Institute’s research programs, administrative structure, training programs and community outreach.

Reporting to the Vice Chancellor for Health Sciences, the director partners with academic leaders to guide and promote healthy aging research and provides advice and counsel to campus- and University-level committees, as appropriate. The director chairs the Stein Institute Steering Committee, which is charged with developing and implementing plans that foster interdisciplinary collaborations focused on healthy aging. The director manages the day-to-day operations of the Stein Institute, including its scientific and education programs and community outreach. The director oversees the dedicated space in the Stein building, including authority over space assignments in alignment with Health Sciences Space Policy guidelines.

Demonstrated commitment to contributing to diversity, equity, and inclusion, as well as a commitment to advancing these principles within Health Sciences. The ability to represent the Stein Institute and UC San Diego effectively; to build strong relationships with internal and external constituents; to be an effective advocate for the Stein Institute; and to advance research on healthy aging.

A high level of integrity and professionalism, and a commitment to support the professional development of faculty, staff, and fellows. Teaching and mentorship of trainees, along with service activities in an academic or clinical setting. Participate in and meaningfully contribute to appropriate Health Sciences committees and meetings.

The chosen candidate would be expected to be appointed as a faculty member in an academic school or department within Health Sciences, as aligned best with their academic and/or scholarly interests and expertise. Teaching, scholarly efforts and service would be commensurate with the departmental requirements for all faculty.

Senior administrative positions at UC San Diego Health Sciences are considered at-will. This position will have annual performance reviews with a formal committee review every fifth year.

A link to full descriptions of each series is provided for your review:

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Adjunct Professor – see:

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:


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

• Terminal doctoral degree (MD, PhD, PharmD, DrPH, etc).
• Demonstrated dynamic leadership skills with a high level of conceptual and strategic thinking.
• Proven track record in the field of aging, including extensive experience leading aging research and aging training programs.
• Demonstrated collaborations with leading aging and aging research organizations (e.g., American Geriatrics Society; Gerontological Society of America; National Institute on Aging; American Federation for Aging Research).

Preferred qualifications

Candidates with a broad set of important skills to be successful as director with some of these preferred qualifications will be considered
• Outstanding academic record with experience as an effective senior administrator in an academic center environment.
• Demonstrated success in managing a complex unit in a heavily matrixed organization.
• National recognition as a leader in aging research, education, and/or clinical care.
• Demonstrated ability to create innovative educational and/or research programs, particularly in the disciplines of healthy aging, geriatrics and gerontology, longevity science, neuroscience, or other age-related areas.
• Demonstrated collaborations with academic units, including those with aging research and/or training expertise.
• Demonstrated interest, ability and proven success in generating extramural funding, including private fundraising.
• Demonstrated ability to build a sense of community and to actively engage faculty, staff, and learners in support of a shared strategic vision.
• Exceptional interpersonal and communications skills; the ability to listen attentively to varied perspectives and foster a supportive and collaborative working environment.
• A collegial, consultative management style, with the ability to be strong and decisive while also considering the needs and perspectives of faculty, staff, fellows, and students. The ability to collaborate and to delegate along with the ability to make difficult and timely decisions based on well-considered input.
• A history of fostering career development for early and mid-career faculty across multiple disciplines.
• A proven track record of mentoring students and trainees in the field of aging and healthy aging. This includes but is not limited to high school, undergraduate, medical, graduate/doctoral students, and/or post-doctoral fellows.

Application Requirements

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

  • Letter of Interest

  • Vision Statement - 3-5 bullets

  • Leadership Statement - (500 words or less)

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

  • Authorization to Release Form - Applicants must complete, sign and upload this form. See Institutional Reference Check ( for more information.

  • COVID 19 Statement - 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.

  • Misc / Additional (Optional)

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