Director of Genetics Institute

University of Florida Genetics Institute

United States


The University of Florida (UF) invites applicants for the full-time position of Director for the UF Genetics Institute ( The Director reports to the UF Vice President for Research.

The aim of the UF Genetics Institute (UFGI) is to promote excellence in genetics and genomics at the University of Florida by: (1) building community, facilitating collaboration, and creating opportunities for intellectual exchanges among investigators using diverse systems to study genetics and genomics, (2) supporting recruitment and retention of outstanding faculty in genetics and genomics, (3) supporting graduate education in genetics and genomics and (4) enhancing the ability of researchers at the University of Florida to compete for multidisciplinary research grants in genetics and genomics.

The 233-member faculty of the UFGI represents seven colleges and 51 academic departments, as well as the libraries and the Florida Museum of Natural History. During the 2018-2019 academic year, UFGI investigators secured $74 million in sponsored research support, filed 56 US, patents and published 829 scholarly articles.Three UFGI members were cited as being among the top 1% of most highly-cited researchers world-wide over the last 10 years.

The UFGI occupies one of two wings in the 270,000 square-foot Cancer & Genetics Research Complex, completed in 2006. Twenty-four UFGI faculty members from the Colleges of Medicine, Liberal Arts and Sciences, and Agriculture and Life Sciences are housed in UFGI space, which provides a variety of shared equipment for molecular biology, biochemistry and genetics, as well as shared work spaces such as animal facilities, growth chambers for controlled environmental studies of plants, and a greenhouse facility. The UFGI has a weekly seminar series, an annual international genetics symposium, and a variety of regularly scheduled focus group meetings in areas such as epigenetics, developmental biology, and RNA biology.

Uniquely among UF Institutes, the UFGI maintains its own graduate program, the Genetics & Genomics Graduate Program (G&G), which emphasizes computational and analytic training in conjunction with wet laboratory experience, leading to the Ph.D. degree. Currently, the Graduate Program has 30 students training in 11 different departments in 5 colleges. The UFGI also directs a science education outreach program for underserved rural communities in North central Florida. As part of this program, graduate students from G&G and other programs at UF travel to high schools in neighboring counties where they engage the local students in classroom-based scientific experiments and talk about their own choice to pursue science as a career.

The Director will be responsible for leading and facilitating the University-wide strategic research initiatives in genetics, genomics, and the educational goals of the UFGI. This will include the coordination, design, performance, and evaluation of educational and research programs within the Institute, research acquisition (grant acquisition and fundraising), and development of both the faculty and the facility.

Background Information
The University of Florida is a top-10, public, land-grant research university, as well as the state’s oldest and most comprehensive higher education institution. With 16 colleges and more than 170 research centers and institutes on its Gainesville campus, UF is among the nation’s six most academically diverse universities.  A member of the prestigious Association of American Universities, UF is consistently ranked among the nation’s best institutions: No. 7 in U.S. News & World Report’s “Top Public Schools” (2020).

UF is a leader in research and discoveries which improve the lives of individuals throughout the state, nation and world. Its 6,000 faculty members had a record $865 million in research expenditures in 2018, with major funding from the public and private sectors. These research collaborations occur in diverse fields that include human, animal and agricultural life sciences, engineering and the physical and social sciences.

The university is also recognized as an international leader in technology commercialization, dating back to its development of the sports drink, Gatorade in the 1960s. UF Innovate ( is regularly ranked among the top 10 institutions in the nation for technology licensing, patents and start-ups, as ranked by the Association of University Technology Managers, and its two business incubators have been named best in the world on several occasions.


Candidates should have a Ph.D., M.D., or appropriate doctoral degree, with an internationally recognized record of research achievement in genetics and/or genomics, with appropriate administrative experience. 

Application Instructions

Application packages must include the following: (1) cover letter, (2) curriculum vitae, (3) a statement of leadership philosophy and administrative vision for the UFGI, and (4) the names, addresses and telephone numbers of three professional references. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

The University of Florida is dedicated to excellence, equal opportunities, diversity, and inclusivity. The selection process will be conducted in accord with the provisions of Florida’s ‘Government in the Sunshine’ and Public Records Laws. Persons with disabilities have the right to request and receive reasonable accommodation.

We highly encourage applications from women, minorities, and persons with disabilities.

Questions about the position may be directed to J. Glenn Morris (Chair of the Search Committee) at or (352) 273-7526.

Final candidate will need to provide an official transcript to complete the hiring process. A transcript will not be considered “official” if a designation of “Issued to Student” is visible. Degrees earned from an educational institution outside of the United States are required to be evaluated by a professional credentialing service provider approved by the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES), which can be found at

The University of Florida is an equal opportunity institution dedicated to building a broadly diverse and inclusive faculty and staff. If an accommodation due to a disability is needed to apply for this position, please call 352/392-2477 or the Florida Relay System at 800/955-8771 (TDD). Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the US. Searches are conducted in accordance with Florida's Sunshine Law.

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