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Department of Cellular & Molecular Medicine, Chair

Position overview

Position title: Department of Cellular & Molecular Medicine, Chair
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-$450,000. 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: January 21, 2024

Most recent review date: Monday, Mar 18, 2024 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: Monday, Jan 20, 2025 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

University of California San Diego (UC San Diego) School of Medicine is committed to academic excellence, and to enhancing access, inclusion, and success of our diverse faculty, staff, and students and is dedicated to serving its communities and creating a healthier world by becoming the preeminent destination for transformative, innovative and impactful research, medical education and clinical care.

UC San Diego is seeking its next Chair of the Department of Cellular and Molecular Medicine who will be an inspirational scientific leader with a deep research background and proven administrative experience to work closely with faculty, staff, and administrators within CMM and beyond, fostering excellence in research and discovery, education, and community outreach and service. Consistent with the core values of the institution, the Chair is responsible for the quality of educational and scientific programs within the department. The Chair is further responsible for the overall leadership and management of the department consistent with guidelines set forth in the University of California Academic Senate Bylaws and Regulations and the UC San Diego Policy & Procedure Manual. This oversight includes the appropriate and optimal use of human, financial, space and other resources to successfully manage the educational and research missions of the department. As with similar roles, the Chair is expected to abide by UC San Diego’s Guidelines for Department Chairs Duties, including in the areas of faculty recruitment, diversity, service, and other policies and regulations.

Reporting to the Dean, School of Medicine, the Chair will be responsible for the Department’s overall management, academic planning, budget, personnel, resource allocation, and programs. The Chair is charged with establishing and advancing the Department’s strategic direction. To meet operational needs and strategic goals, the Chair will hire and retain outstanding faculty and staff, advocate to campus leaders for critical resources, and partner with other units to advance the department’s educational and scientific prominence. The Chair will benefit from working alongside exceptional staff and have the partnership of a skilled and committed executive leadership team.

The Chair will be actively engaged in the intellectual research, discovery, and development of the Department. The Chair will lead the planning and development of the Department’s academic and research portfolio. Given the interdisciplinary nature of education and research at UC San Diego, the Chair will form highly collaborative teams working within a strategic context to achieve academic and research growth. There will be opportunities to catalyze interactions among programs and foster a culture of learning across the continuum of biomedical research and education, including in partnership with the Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Jacobs School of Engineering, and other campus and external partners.

To be successful in establishing and coordinating teams to execute the Department’s strategic goals, the Chair must cultivate and apply interpersonal skills and emotional intelligence at all times. Through their actions, the Chair will promote and sustain a culture of inquiry and place value on the scholarship of discovery, application, integration, and teaching. Additionally, the Chair will listen effectively and strive for sensitivity, consistency, fairness, and adaptability with their teams. Through equitable actions, the Chair will cultivate a climate of trust and support, active listening, creative management of conflict, problem solving, and interpersonal effectiveness.

The Chair may pursue educational, academic, teaching, service, and/or research activities, as appropriate to maintain and/or advance their professional development and area(s) of expertise.

This position will have a standard term of five years with annual performance review and goal setting. A formal committee review that includes an external referee occurs every fifth year.

The appointment at the Associate or Full Professor level will be based on the candidate’s background and experience. Application materials must be submitted through the UC San Diego online application system. References (contact information or letter of recommendation) will be requested from all finalists.

A link to full descriptions of each series is provided for your review:
• Ladder Rank Professor - see:
• In-Residence Professor - see:
• Clinical X Professor - see:
• HS Clinical Professor - see:
• 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)

• Earned doctoral or advanced degree (e.g. PhD, MD) from an accredited institution in biomedical sciences and/or related field.
• 10+ year record of professional, scholarly, and educational accomplishments as a faculty member, with research related to cell biology or related discipline.
• 5+ years of engagement and knowledge of an academic healthcare environment, including the integration of education and research initiatives.
• 5+ years of analyzing, planning, and implementing strategic initiatives and experiences for the Department.
• 3+ years of experience aligning financial, personnel, and space resources to meet operational needs and strategic plans.

Preferred qualifications

• Experience leading a large academic research department with multiple subspecialty divisions.
• Outstanding record with experience as a senior administrator in an academic environment.
• Organizational management experience leading financial, human resources, and space discussions, strategy, and plans.
• Demonstrated leadership in areas contributing to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
• Successful philanthropic and/or grant generation.
• Proven ability to define areas of concern, strategically identify solutions, and implement updates within targeted timeframes.
• Excellent communications skills and the ability to create a compelling narrative to advance the department
• Experience working with and supporting a diverse group of faculty, trainees, staff, students, and stakeholders.
• Experience engaging with external stakeholders and partners to establish and meet strategic goals.

Application Requirements

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

  • Letter of Interest

  • 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 - 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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