Dir, Center for Cancer Cell Biology, Immunology, & Infection Discipline Chair, Microbiology & Immun

Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science
North Chicago, Illinois
November 28 2018
Position Type
Full Time
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Director, Center for Cancer Cell Biology, Immunology, and Infection

Discipline Chair, Microbiology and Immunology

Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science

North Chicago, Illinois


Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science (RFU) invites applications and nominations for the position of Director, Center for Cancer Cell Biology, Immunology, and Infection and Discipline Chair, Microbiology and Immunology (Center Director/Discipline Chair). This is an exciting opportunity for an experienced scientific leader to advance the research, educational, and service activities of a talented group of investigators in an innovative, highly collaborative health sciences university.

RFU’s history dates back to the founding of the Chicago Medical School more than 100 years ago; the University was renamed in 2004 to honor Dr. Rosalind Franklin’s groundbreaking contributions to modern biology. Today, the University is composed of five Colleges and Schools that provide graduate-level education to more than 2,000 students in the health professions and life sciences. The 45 principal investigators affiliated with the Chicago Medical School and the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies enjoy a close-knit, inherently interdisciplinary research community and 100% FTE salary support. RFU investigators have routinely approached or exceeded AAMC averages in per capita extramural funding in recent years. Last year, research dollars at RFU totaled more than $12 million.

Research at RFU is organized around areas of excellence in discovery and translational science. The Center for Cancer Cell Biology, Immunology, and Infection is one of six such Centers designed to nurture collaboration among scientists and facilitate relationships with potential industry partners. RFU’s new Innovation and Research Park, due to open in the summer of 2019, takes advantage of the University’s proximity to the highest concentration of life science companies in the Midwest and will provide additional opportunities to translate the discoveries made by RFU investigators into startup companies and novel products. Drawing upon these institutional strengths, the Director will lead, mentor, and inspire the 14 faculty members whose laboratories are currently housed within the Center while setting strategic goals for the long-term growth and development of cancer biology, immunology, and microbiology research at RFU.

Education at RFU focuses on team-based, interdisciplinary learning and practice opportunities—an approach that has made the University a national leader in interprofessional biomedical education and research. Faculty members at the Chicago Medical School are members of either the Department of Foundational Sciences and Humanities or the Department of Clinical Sciences. Within the departments faculty members are appointed in their respective academic Disciplines, each of which is led by a Discipline Chair. Within the structure of research Centers and academic Disciplines, each faculty member can contribute to teaching, mentoring, and service initiatives in their field of expertise while promoting strategic interdisciplinary research programs unconstrained by departmental boundaries. While not every Center Director is a Discipline Chair (or vice versa), individuals who hold both roles encompass many of the traditional duties of a department chair.

The Center Director/Discipline Chair must have a PhD, MD, MD/PhD, or equivalent degree and be eligible for the rank of full Professor with tenure at Rosalind Franklin University. Salary and startup will be commensurate with credentials; resources are available for the continued development of the Center and Discipline including recruitment of new faculty members. This scientific leader will report to the Executive Vice President for Research/Vice Dean for Research (as Center Director) and to the Executive Chair of Foundational Sciences and Humanities (as Discipline Chair). Candidates should bring significant research accomplishments, external funding, proven leadership ability, and an established record of training students and postdoctoral fellows. Preference will be given to investigators with research programs in tumor immunology, viral oncology, and/or cancer-related inflammation.

Rosalind Franklin University has engaged Isaacson, Miller, a national executive search firm, to assist with this important recruitment. Applications, nominations, and inquiries may be submitted to Stephanie Fidel and Laura Mariani at: www.imsearch.com/6844

Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and is dedicated to creating and fostering a diverse academic environment. Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science is especially seeking and encouraging nominations and applications from individuals belonging to groups underrepresented in their respective fields, as well as others who would enrich and add unique perspectives to the University. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, skin color, religion, age, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, genetic information, military status or family status.

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