Head of Microbiology

University of California Los Angeles

United States

Chair of Microbiology

Job #JPF08982
  • Deans Office-School Of Medicin, Microbiology & Immunology / David Geffen School Of Medicin / UCLA

Position overview

Position title:Chair, Department of Microbiology, Immunology and Molecular Genetics
Salary range: The posted UC salary scales [https://www.ucop.edu/academic-personnel-programs/compensation/index.html] set the minimum pay determined by rank and step at appointment. See Table 5 – Faculty HSCP. [https://www.ucop.edu/academic-personnel-programs/_files/2023-24/oct-2023-acad-salary-scales/t5-summary.pdf] The salary range for this position is $350,000-400,000. This position includes membership in the Health Sciences Compensation Plan [https://www.ucop.edu/academic-personnel-programs/_files/apm/apm-670.pdf], which provides for eligibility for additional compensation.

Application Window

Open date: November 9, 2023

Next review date: Monday, Dec 11, 2023 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Wednesday, Feb 28, 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

The University of California, Los Angeles invites applicants and nominations for an internationally recognized scientist in microbiology, immunology and/or molecular genetics to join the faculty of the David Geffen School of Medicine (DGSOM) and the College of Life Sciences as Chair of the Department of Microbiology, Immunology and Molecular Genetics (MIMG). As a preeminent researcher, scholar and leader, the candidate will be considered for an Administrative Endowed Chair.

The Chair is responsible for advancing the Department’s mission of excellence in education at both undergraduate as well as graduate and professional school levels, service and research through the development of educational programs, cross-disciplinary research and innovation, financial management, staffing, performance growth, faculty recruitment and retention, and the strengthening of community partnerships. The Chair will continue the tradition of cultivating a scientifically rigorous as well as highly collegial, inclusive, and multidisciplinary environment consistent with the principles of the DGSOM’s Cultural North Star [https://medschool.ucla.edu/cultural-north-star]. The Chair reports to the Dean of the David Geffen School of Medicine, the Dean of the College of Life Sciences, and the Vice Chancellor for Health Sciences.

With 33 faculty members, 75 staff members and many trainees at all levels of training, the Department is ranked among the top departments in the country with a total research portfolio of more than $18 million ($11+ million in NIH funding). Its internationally recognized faculty is scientifically diverse, spanning research in virology and viral pathogenesis, immunology, cancer immunology, bacteriology and bacterial pathogenesis, mammalian microbiota, molecular and cellular parasitology, molecular genetics, human gene and cell therapy, stem cell biology, structural biology, and quantitative and computational biology. This wide spectrum of scientific disciplines fosters a dynamic and intellectually stimulating environment, one that both nurtures and rewards creativity and innovation.

Located in a metropolitan setting, UCLA has been ranked as the number one public university in the nation by U.S. News & World Report for the last six years. UCLA is California's largest university with a diverse student body of 38,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students. UCLA is known both for its excellence in research and education with a >$1 billion research portfolio. The Department of MIMG is uniquely poised for transformational cross-disciplinary innovations through partnerships with a multitude of institutes, centers and departments, many of which are in close physical proximity across the unified UCLA campus.

The ideal candidate is a distinguished scientist in a relevant subspecialty with an outstanding record of accomplishments in research, education and service, embracing and advancing diversity, and an aptitude for collaboration and leadership. The successful candidate will combine their academic acumen with excellent communication skills, an inspiring strategic vision, longstanding dedication to mentorship and the development of scientists, and a commitment to fostering an equitable environment that is inclusive and respectful of diversity. All candidates must hold an advanced degree (PhD, MD or equivalent) and appropriate academic credentials for a tenured faculty appointment at UCLA.

The search committee invites confidential inquiries, nominations, or submissions of interest (curriculum vitae and informative personal statement, including an EDI [https://ucla.app.box.com/v/edi-statement-faqs] statement):
Amander Clark, PhD and Siavash Kurdistani, MD (committee co-chairs)
c/o Bridget Hough, DMA
Director of Academic & Executive Search, UCLA Health
Email: chairsearchmimg@mednet.ucla.edu

The shared values of the DGSOM are expressed in the Cultural North Star, which was developed by members of our community and affirms our unswerving commitment to doing what’s right, making things better, and being kind. These are the standards to which we hold ourselves, and one another. Please read more about this important DGSOM program at https://medschool.ucla.edu/cultural-north-star.

We welcome candidates whose experience in teaching, research, or community service has prepared them to contribute to the University of California commitment to diversity and excellence. We seek to recruit and retain a diverse workforce as a reflection of our commitment to serve the people of California, and to offer our students richly varied disciplines, perspectives and ways of knowing and learning.

The posted UC salary scales [https://www.ucop.edu/academic-personnel-programs/compensation/index.html] set the minimum pay determined by rank and step at appointment. See Table 5 – Faculty HSCP. [https://www.ucop.edu/academic-personnel-programs/_files/2023-24/oct-2023-acad-salary-scales/t5-summary.pd] The salary range for this position is $350,000-400,000. This position includes membership in the Health Sciences Compensation Plan [https://www.ucop.edu/academic-personnel-programs/_files/apm/apm-670.pdf], which provides for eligibility for additional compensation.

All aspects of searches are confidential and all candidates are expected to review and abide by UC Regents Policy 1111 on Statement on Ethical Values and Standards of Conduct

The University of California is committed to creating and maintaining a community dedicated to the advancement, application, and transmission of knowledge and creative endeavors through academic excellence, where all individuals who participate in University programs and activities can work and learn together in a safe and secure environment, free of violence, harassment, bullying and other demeaning behavior, discrimination, exploitation, or intimidation. With this commitment as well as a commitment to addressing all forms of academic misconduct, UCLA conducts targeted employment reference checks for finalists to whom departments or other hiring units would like to extend formal offers of appointment into Academic Senate faculty positions. The targeted employment reference checks involve contacting the finalists’ current and prior places of employment to ask whether there have been substantiated findings of misconduct that would violate the University’s Faculty Code of Conduct. To implement this process, UCLA requires all applicants for Academic Senate faculty positions to complete, sign, and upload the form entitled “Authorization to Release Information” into RECRUIT as part of their application. If the applicant does not include the signed authorization to release information with the application materials, the application will be considered incomplete. As with any incomplete application, the application will not receive further consideration. Although all applicants for faculty recruitments must complete the entire application, only finalists (i.e., those to whom the department or other hiring unit would like to extend a formal offer) considered for Academic Senate faculty positions will be subject to targeted employment reference checks.


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

advanced degree (PhD, MD or equivalent)

Application Requirements

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

  • Cover Letter (Optional)

  • Statement on Contributions to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion - An EDI Statement describes a faculty candidate’s past, present, and future (planned) contributions to equity, diversity, and inclusion. To learn more about how UCLA thinks about contributions to equity, diversity, and inclusion, please review our EDI Statement FAQ document.

  • Reference check authorization release form - Complete and upload the reference check authorization release form

  • Misc / Additional (Optional)

Reference requirements

Referencing will be done with candidate permissions at the appropriate time in the search process. Prior to campus visits, candidates will be asked to provide a list of 4-5 references whom UCLA may contact for initial referencing. As the search advances to the final stages, additional permission to conduct off-list referencing permission will be requested and required prior to making an offer.

Apply link: https://recruit.apo.ucla.edu/JPF08982

Help contact: bhough@mednet.ucla.edu

Campus Information

As a University employee, you will be required to comply with all applicable University policies and/or collective bargaining agreements, as may be amended from time to time. Federal, state, or local government directives may impose additional requirements.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy, see: UC Nondiscrimination & Affirmative Action Policy.

Job location

Los Angeles, California


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