Chair, Department of Molecular and Systems Biology

Hanover, New Hampshire
Successful candidates will be provided with a competitive compensation package
August 02 2018
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type

The Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth seeks outstanding candidates for the position of Professor and Chair of the Department of Molecular and Systems Biology

Created in 2016, the Department of Molecular and Systems Biology (MSB) encompasses a community of geneticists, cancer biologists, neurobiologists, physiologists, molecular pharmacologists, and data scientists committed to using interdisciplinary approaches to solving complex problems in biological systems.  We seek an innovative scientist and scholar to lead this interdisciplinary and innovative department.  Successful candidates will be recommended for appointment as Professor with tenure and will be provided with substantial resources, including state-of-the-art and new/newly renovated research and teaching facilities and commited funding for multiple tenure-track faculty recruits.

The MSB Department comprises ~29,000 sf  of research and teaching facilities on both the college (Hanover) and medical center (Lebanon) campuses.  Its 21 primary department members have a robust track record of federal (NIH, NSF) and private funding across multiple relevant disciplines. Departmental faculty members participate in three interdisciplinary graduate programs, Molecular and Cellular Biology, Quantitative Biomedical Sciences, and Experimental & Molecular Medicine, and participate in numerous training grants. The department’s location affords its members interactions with faculty of clinical departments at Dartmouth-Hitchcock and departments of Arts & Sciences/Engineering at Dartmouth College. Faculty members have access to and may collaborate with nationally recognized centers of excellence, including the Norris Cotton Cancer Center (recognized in 1991 as one of the 47 NCI-designated comprehensive cancer centers); The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice; and four existing NIH Centers for Biomedical Research Excellence (COBREs). Departmental faculty also enjoy access to Dartmouth’s supercomputing networks (e.g., Discovery); multiple institutional shared resources, and Dartmouth’s Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSA; called Synergy);

The department Chair reports to the Dean of Geisel and has primary responsibility and accountability for the overall direction, operation, and management of the department in accordance with the mission and goals of the medical school.  Candidates must possess a terminal degree (PhD, MD, or equivalent); a distinguished and active record of extramurally sponsored research; a history of excellent peer-reviewed scholarship; demonstrated expertise and commitment to graduate teaching; and a strong track record of leadership, mentoring/sponsorship and personnel management, especially as it relates to oversight of multi-disciplinary and interdisciplinary research. The Chair will be committed to the principle that a diverse and inclusive community of students, staff, and faculty enhances our mission in providing exceptional education, advancing biomedical discovery, and fostering innovation to help tackle the most vexing challenges in biomedical science and health care.

Dartmouth is located in the picturesque Upper Connecticut River Valley on the New Hampshire and Vermont border; a vibrant, academic and professional community offering excellent schools, lively arts, and an unmatched quality of life in a beautiful, rural setting. Amenities associated with urban areas in Boston MA, Burlington VT, and Montreal QC are all within a few hours drive.

As the fourth oldest medical school in the nation, Geisel has a long history of innovation in the foundational sciences that are central to our understanding of health and disease. In collaboration with our nearby clinical partners, Dartmouth-Hitchcock and the White River Junction Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Geisel conducts top-tier research within a diverse and close-knit community where students and faculty engage as partners in learning and discovery. Our school’s intimate scale and proximity to others on the Dartmouth campus allow for the free flow of ideas and easy collaborations across disciplines with colleagues in the liberal arts, engineering, and business. 

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter; curriculum vitae; statement of research/scholarly accomplishments and interests; a narrative of administrative and leadership philosophy including a statement of past and proposed efforts to enhance diversity and inclusion; and names of three individuals who will be contacted, with permission of the candidate, following initial evaluations by the search committee to  Initial evaluation will begin September 30, 2018 and will continue until the position is filled. For information, contact Dr. Charles Barlowe, Chair of the Search Committee (

Dartmouth College is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer with a strong commitment to diversity and inclusion. We prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, veteran status, marital status, or any other legally protected status. Applications by members of all underrepresented groups are encouraged.