Founding Director, Center for Excellence in Aging and Health

University of New England

Founding Director, Center for Excellence in Aging and Health



The University of New England (UNE) is excited to announce a search for the Director of the newly created Center for Excellence in Aging and Health. This is a tenured faculty research position with the expectations to develop and expand an age-related research program at UNE. The Director will report directly to the Associate Provost for Research.

Relevant University research assets to support and complement this program include a well-funded Center for Excellence in Neuroscience with a phase II COBRE. Research facilities include a histology and imaging core, a behavior core, an animal genotyping core, and a human motion analysis laboratory. University faculty are involved with several projects focused on aging-related phenomena, and the University is actively cultivating aging-related research. The Director will have the opportunity to engage with regional core facilities, clinical partners, and existing investigators to develop and expand aging research.

UNE hosts a number of academic programs that support aging-related research, including advanced degree programs in osteopathic medicine, pharmacy, dental medicine, nursing, social work, physical therapy, occupational therapy, and applied exercise science – and has distinguished itself as a national leader in interprofessional education and practice. In 2017, UNE became the fifth university in the United States to earn the international designation of an Age Friendly University. As Maine is the oldest state in the nation (measured by median age), the University is situated in a natural environmental laboratory for age-related research. Along with New England’s growing biomedical research community, including the Maine Medical Center Research Institute and the Jackson Laboratories, the University also resides in a broader context of both excitement and support for its work.

The successful candidate will have a history of funded research in the field of aging and be tenured or eligible for tenure.


  • Maintain a strong funded research program in a field related to aging and health; and
  • Mentor junior faculty and graduate students in research on aging and health.


  • A PhD, DO, MD, Pharm D, DMD, or other advanced degree(s), including other clinical doctoral degrees;
  • Proven success in funded research in the field of aging;
  • Credentials and track record commensurate with the academic rank of full or associate professor with tenure or tenure eligible in the candidate’s field;
  • Record of scholarly accomplishments such as refereed publications, technical reports, books, and grants;
  • Experience successfully mentoring graduate students; and
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills to facilitate the work of diverse interprofessional groups.