Chair, Department of Microbiology, Immunology and Molecular Genetics

Chair, Department of Microbiology, Immunology and Molecular Genetics

David Geffen School of Medicine and College of Life Sciences at UCLA

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 . 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 statement ):

Amander Clark, PhD and Siavash Kurdistani, MD (committee co-chairs)

c/o Bridget Hough, DMA

Director of Academic & Executive Search, UCLA Health



Senate and non-Senate (health sciences comp plan):

The posted UC salary scales ( ) set the minimum pay determined by rank and step at appointment. See Table 5 – Faculty HSCP . ( ) The salary range for this position is $350,000-400,000. This position includes membership in the Health Sciences Compensation Plan ( ), which provides for eligibility for additional compensation.

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 and Affirmative Action Policy.